Today is International Day of Rural Women, recognising the essential role of rural women in food and fibre systems across the globe. Rural women are not just farmers and growers – they are the small businesswomen, the main household support keeping things ticking over. Rural Women New Zealand is a charitable organisation that supports and celebrates women living in rural and regional New Zealand and President and International Portfolio Convenor for Gill Naylor says she joined RWNZ as a member for the connection, the community service, and the learning opportunities that Rural Women New Zealand provides and says that a massive role that rural women play is connecting communities – putting their hand up to volunteer and get stuff done.