Archives for October 2014

Joint Statement re Foreign Fighters Bill (Oct 2014)

NFAW has supported Amnesty International Australia’s joint statement on the Foreign Fighters Bill.

The statement, was sent to the Attorney-General, George Brandis and to Mark Dreyfus.  Click here for a copy – Joint Statement re Foreign Fighters Bill (Oct 2014) FOR RELEASE

Women’s groups oppose ‘Burqa Ban’

The NFAW and associated groups welcome today’s (20/10/14) announcement that the ban on individuals wearing face veiling at Australian Parliament House has been reversed.

Joint statement from:

  • The National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW)
  • YWCA Australia,
  • Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) Australia,
  • WIRE Women’s Information
  • Women with Disabilities ACT,
  • JERA International
  • National Alliance of Working Women’s Centres
  • Women in Adult and Vocational Education
  • ACT Council of Social Service.
  • National Council of Jewish Women of Australia
  • Australian Centre for Leadership for Women (ACLW)
  • Destroy the Joint
  • Immigrant Women’s Speak Out Association
  • Ethic Child Care and Community Services Cooperative
  • Addison Road Community Association
  • Australian Women’s Health Network
  • Business and Professional Women Australia
  • Jessie Street National Women’s Library
  • National Council of Women
  • Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
  • The Older Women’s Network NSW
  • Soroptomist International Australia
  • Belconnen Community Service Inc.
  • Australian Council on Women and Policing
  • Domestic Violence Crisis Service Canberra
  • Migrant Women’s Lobby Group of South Australia
  • Women’s Legal Service Canberra and Region
  • Australian Womensport and Recreation Association
  • Woden Community Service
  • Association of Women Educators
  • Australian Graduate Women
  • Toora Women’s Refuge
  • Women’s Health Special Interest Group of the Public Health Association of Australia
  • Northern Territory Council of Social Service
  • Association of Women Educators

Women’s groups have noted the recent public discussions around the dress of some women of the Muslim faith, and the reports of some public acts of aggression against such women, as well as debate around their access to Parliament House in Canberra.

All Australian women have the right to be safe in public places and singling out one mode of dress as unacceptable creates a potential danger for these women and encourages discrimination against them.

“As a multi-cultural society we must respect and celebrate cultural difference, not merely tolerate difference,” spokesperson for the group Ms Marie Coleman says.

“We strongly support the various individuals and organisations who have supported Muslim women, just as we support the right of all women to a safe environment.

“Women have every right to feel safe and accepted, regardless of their mode of dress,” Ms Coleman added.

This statement has been provided to the presiding officers of the Parliament of Australia, asking them to take our concerns into account in reviewing their interim order concerning wearing the burqa in Parliament House. The statement has also been provided to the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, asking her to support us, and to convey our concerns to the Minister for Women ( The Prime Minister of Australia).

Further Comment:  Marie Coleman AO PSM   0414483067

Chair, Social Policy Committee, National Foundation for Australian Women

Click here for the document to print and circulate – Burqa ban statement FINAL

Contact Marie Coleman at 0414483067 if your organisation would like to endorse this statement

Response from Senator Cash, The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women – Response to email (27 October)

MUSLIM LEGAL NETWORK-appreciation of statement

Hi Marie
The MLN and the Muslim community are please to hear of your support. Thank you for releasing this joint statement.

We have also received messages of support from ordinary Australian citizens and it makes a significant difference to the way Muslims feel. WE all need to ensure that Australians all feel like they belong here and are an accepted and valued part of our society. Regardless of what they wear or what religion they believe in.

We will be in touch in the future when there is an opportunity to work together.



Nizam Jazeer Nijamudeen

President (VIC)

Muslim Legal Network

Community Legal Education|Legal Referral Services|Mentoring|Networking|Law Reform

Level 2, 66-68 Jeffcott Street, West Melbourne,

Victoria 3003

Ph: 0433 827 993

Marie Coleman in top 100 Women of Influence


Marie Coleman has been announced as a winner in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2014. Marie has been recognised in the Diversity category for her contribution as Chair of the Social Policy Committee of the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW).

“ I am delighted that two NFAW members-Georgie Somerset and myself – are represented among the finalists this year…. this recognises the quality of the NFAW input to the community and to the public policy debate. NFAW, with its partners in the women’s sector, continues to argue the case for business and Government actions to reduce the gender wage gap – which has increased rather than decreased in recent times.’

Now in its third year, the 100 Women of Influence Awards celebrate outstanding women from a wide variety of sectors across Australia. There are ten ategories: Board/Management, Public Policy, Young Leader, Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit, Philanthropy, Global Influence, Innovation, Local/Regional Community, Diversity and Business Enterprise. Entrants into the awards were assessed by a panel of esteemed judges and have been recognised based on their outstanding ability to demonstrate vision, leadership, innovation and action in and beyond their fields.

Gail Kelly, Westpac Group Chief Executive Officer said, “The breadth and calibre of our 100 Women of Influence for 2014 is remarkable.

“It is such a privilege to be able to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions these women are making to Australia. The 2014 winners will join the now 300 strong, prestigious alumni of these awards.”With over 40% of leadership roles at Westpac filled by females, I am fortunate to be surrounded by
inspirational women every day. We are blessed to have such great numbers of influential women doing incredible things in many industries and organisations right across Australia. Fairfax Media CEO Greg Hywood said: “This year’s 100 Women of Influence join a growing movement that is changing our society for the better in a myriad of ways. Thanks and congratulations to everyone for the contribution they are making.

“Many of this year’s finalists were nominated by men. It’s a powerful development to see men wholeheartedly supporting women across all the categories. In order to move the dial, more men need to step up and take an active interest, alongside women, in addressing gender equality.”

On Wednesday 22 October, a gala event will be held at Sydney’s Town Hall to celebrate these women and the significant impact that each has made within their chosen field. The ten category winners and overall winner for the year will also be announced on the evening.

For further information please visit:


To Download the Media Release – click this link – 100WomenofInfluenceWinnersOctober011014_FINAL

New Pay Equity Campaign – ‘Daughter Water’

economic Security4Women (eS4W) is a proud supporter of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s (WGEA) new pay equity campaign featuring ‘Daughter Water’ a magical potion designed to help CEO’s conceive baby girls.


Leaders who’ve taken action on gender equality often talk about a light bulb moment that helped them see gender equality issues in a different light. For many, this moment involved having a daughter. (Indeed, international research backs it up, showing that when CEOs have a daughter, the pay gap shrinks in their organisation!)

So to raise awareness of the importance of looking at payroll data to ensure women and men are being paid fairly, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency has created Daughter Water, a drink to help CEOs have daughters. They have sent bottles of Daughter Water to over 3,000 CEOs who told us they haven’t done a gender pay gap analysis.

Visit: to learn more


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FINAL CASH MR National Pay Equity Campaign launch (2)