Archives for June 2016

What are they saying to Women? Election 2016

An NFAW analysis of party policies is now available in PDF and Word.


NFAW supports WEL’s campaign on women and children’s safety

Women and their children across Australia are escaping domestic and family violence everyday. If you could spend only 2 cents a day to provide them with safe housing and support services, would you?

Well now you can.

The Women’s Electoral Lobby calculates that the $200 million a year (for five years) needed from the Commonwealth to fund our Women and Children’s Safety Program is just 2 cents per Australian, per day.

We know most Australians would say YES to paying that amount to save the lives of women and their children.

Will you take the 2 cents pledge?

Tell our federal political leaders the following pledge:

“To keep women and children safe, I am willing to pay 2 cents a day.”

CLICK HERE Take the 2 cents a day pledge


What is the Women and Children’s Safety Program?

The Women’s and Children’s Safety Program (WCSP) is a five year $2 billion program developed by WEL and supported by more than 30 leading organisations including Chief Executive Women White Ribbon Australia, Women on Boards and the National Rural Women’s Coalition.

WEL has written to the leaders of the Liberal Party, the ALP, the Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team asking them to commit to a $2 billion commonwealth-state program to secure effective long-term funding for women’s refuges and other emergency services for women and their children escaping domestic and family violence.

Click HERE to read the letters and see which leaders have responded.

NFAW is pleased to see

that its Gender Lens on the Budget has had an impact on ALP policies on women – follow this link to the ALP Women Brochure

NFAW event in Perth 7 June 2016

The National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) was delighted to host a forum in Perth on 7 June 2016 to promote gender diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Generously supported by Deloitte WA, more than 40 guests in professional and leadership roles representing industry, the not for profit sector, government and academia, were challenged by presentations from 3 extraordinary women about the continuing difficulties for women pursuing careers in STEM fields:

Professor Cobie Rudd – Deputy Vice Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) and Vice President at Edith Cowan University;

Marjolein Towler – Director of Consultus Pty Ltd, Chair of Women in Technology WA (WITA) and an Information Designer, Facilitator, Project Manager and Processes professional;

Alex Atkins – Manager in Risk Advisory, Deloitte, geologist and mining engineer

Common themes in the presentations included:

  • The need for engagement with children and young people to pursue careers in STEM fields;
  • Breaking down gendered stereotypes about STEM and careers available to men and women in those sectors;
  • The need for institutional change to support women in academia progressing their STEM careers

The NFAW is looking forward to continuing its engagement around Australia in creating opportunities for discussions about the issues important to Australian women.

Having recently completed its annual Gender Lens on the Commonwealth Budget, the Social Policy Committee of the NFAW is immersed in preparation of a comparative analysis of the policies of the major parties in the lead up to the Federal Election on 2 July.

It will be essential reading for all Australians interested in gender equality.

To find out more about the NFAW and what you can do to support its important work, go to

Canberra – Tuesday 26 July: ACT of Women Giving host ‘Bringing the Light – the Story of Seven Women’


Filmed over a period of four years, this film follows a group of Nepalese women whose lives have been empowered through education, skills training and income generation. This is a story of courage, resilience and strength as these women seek to create a better life for themselves, their families and other women in Nepal.


WHEN: Tuesday 26th July, 5pm – 7pm

VENUE:The Alastair Swayn Theatre
33 and 35 Brindabella Circuit
Brindabella Business Park
Canberra, ACT 2609

COST: $25



CONTACT: Lesley Harris | 0419 123 515 |

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