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Two Aussies join Forum of the Women in Wine Worldwide

Two Aussies join Forum of the Women in Wine Worldwide

Women who are leaders in advocating for action on gender equality in the wine industry are being brought together for the first time to exchange ideas and form a partnership agreement for international collaboration.

The Forum of the Women in Wine Worldwide will be held in Milan on November 20, 2019, as part of the SIMEI Fair (the International Enological and Bottling Equipment Exhibition - November 19-22).

An all-Italian idea, this groundbreaking meeting is taking place thanks to a collaboration between the Italian women in wine group Le Donne del Vino and the Unione Italiana Vini (UIV) who are organising the Fair. The attendance of invitees is being fully funded by the UIV.

The goal is for women who have been working in this space to meet and exchange ideas and experiences, with the most important element being the signing of a partnership agreement.

The aim of the agreement is to create a global alliance between these (until now) independent players, creating the foundations for a constructive collaboration through meetings, exchange of experiences, communication and professional training opportunities.

Jane Thomson, founder of The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society and the Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA), and Corrina Wright, CEO and winemaker of Oliver’s Taranga and founding Board Member of the AWIWA, received an official invitation to attend as representatives of Australia back in August and have been asked to share their knowledge and experiences – particularly their work with the Australian Women in Wine Awards.

“As organisers of the only awards program for women in wine in the world, I think we’ll have a lot to contribute to this gathering," said Thomson. "I’m absolutely thrilled to be linking in and learning from women all over the world who have been working hard to bring about powerful change in this area."

Wright added that the chance to represent Australia at this event is “…incredibly exciting! After all, we will be so much stronger together in creating real advocacy for women in the wine sector all over the world.”