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 www.nfaw.org

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.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY TRAILER!

 
WHEN: Tuesday 26th July, 5pm – 7pm

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

COST: $25

BOOK NOW!

 

CONTACT: Lesley Harris | 0419 123 515 | connecthroughgiving@gmail.com

You can find out more about the work of Seven Women at www.sevenwomen.org or follow us on Facebook

Powerful coalition of women call for both parties to stop their war on women

15 May 2016. With the 2016/17 Budget failing to bring Australian women into the centre of the economy and pushing many further into poverty as well as cuts to overseas aid which will hurt vulnerable women in our region, the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) – supported by a range of academic institutions and women’s groups – is calling for both major parties to stop their war on women.

According to the NFAW this budget is far from fair. It provides tax breaks for the wealthy, while low to middle income families are hit by ‘zombie’ savings from the Abbott-Hockey horror budgets. In addition, it lacks investments in education and training reforms.

Health spending is being heavily cut and will disadvantage women, particularly those with chronic conditions. In fact, by the end of week one of the election campaign the Government was trying to negotiate a compromise with the medical profession on the so-called pathology ‘savings’.

Notwithstanding $100m for a national awareness strategy, services for women enduring or exiting domestic violence are suffering funding cuts. Delays will increase in the Family Court. New funding and eligibility changes to the National Disability Insurance Scheme will disproportionately disadvantage women while pushing costs of services for those left outside back onto state and territory hospitals and law enforcement systems.

The proposed taxation benefits for female small-medium enterprise (SME) entrepreneurs are oversold, with most of the returns going to SMEs with male heads.

In fact, superannuation changes are the only single area where changes are beneficial for women.

Following careful, expert, non-partisan analysis of this budget NFAW makes 50 recommendations across a range of policy areas – workplace relations, health, education, housing, domestic violence, taxation, superannuation and more, as well as some related to machinery of government and data.

These recommendations include:

  • Committing $1billion over five years for a long term and securely funded Commonwealth/State national campaign for 24 hour accessible women’s refuges, frontline outreach services and transitional accommodation
  • The office for Women be properly resourced, the gender portal of the Australian Bureau of Statistics be maintained and enhanced and support for the National Women Alliances be retained
  • Adopting the recommendations of the Senate Economic References Committee
  • Financial and criminal sanction against fraudulent VET providers be adequate to restore public confidence in the VET sector and its regulatory framework
  • Immediately reverse the freeze on the Medical Benefits Scheme (MBS) services and continue to support bulkbilling of pathology and diagnostic services
  • The budget be revised to increase the base rate of allowances
  • Respond to the Willing to Work Report with measures that address the barriers faced by older women to ensure that women have a fair share of the outcomes
  • Increase expenditure on aid investments which target gender equality as a principal objective, including investment in preventing and responding to violence against women
  • Properly resource the Office for Women (OfW) and maintain the gender portal in the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

It is time for both parties to call a halt on this ongoing war on women. As the NFAW’s 2016-2017 Budget gender lens clearly demonstrates there is an entrenched bias against women and it has to stop. It is not good for the country, community or economy,” concluded NFAW President Dr Mary Crawford and Visiting Scholar, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

 

The full list of contributing editors including Professor Marian Baird, Professor of Gender and Employment Relations, University of Sydney Business School, Marie Coleman AO PSM DUniv (Hon.), Chair of the National Foundation of Australian Women (NFAW) Social Policy Committee, Dr Helen Hodgson, Associate Professor, Curtin Law School, Women in Social Economic Research Cluster, Curtin University, Helen L’Orange AM, Deputy Chair, Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) Australia, Ruth Medd, Chair, Women on Boards, Sue Salthouse, Council Member, University of Canberra, Stephanie Serhan, School of Accountancy, QUT and Professor Miranda Stewart, Professor and Director of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, and Professor at the University of Melbourne Law School in contained in the attached manifesto as is the 50 recommendations and detailed analysis.

For further information contact Marie Coleman AO PSM DUniv (Hon.), Chair of the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) Social Policy Committee on 0414 483 067 or Viv Hardy on 0411 208 951 or Kristie Hardy at CallidusPR on (02) 92834113

The National Women’s Alliances womenvote.org.au website is a hub of information on casting an effective, informed and independent vote.

The five National Women’s Alliances have come together to encourage women to use their votes in the 2016 Federal election. It’s important that women’s voices are heard in this election. We want women to vote in a way that reflects the diverse lives and experiences of women in Australia.

But really using your vote means more than just turning up on election day and sticking your ballot in the box. Your vote needs to be effective, informed, and independent.

Please visit the site, share with your networks, post on your facebook pages.

Like es4Ws Facebook Page, like the NWA Facebook Page, retweet Women! Use your vote womenvote.org.au

Winter Tales at the National Library – 26 June Alice Giles, Harpist; 24 July Harriet Elvin, CEO of the Cultural Facilities Corporation of the ACT; 21 August TBA

WINTER TALES WITH ALICE GILES
A PATH WITH A HARP
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When
24 June 2016, 2pm-3pm
Where
National Library of Australia
Conference Room, Level 4
$15 (includes afternoon tea)

BOOK NOW
Alice Giles is celebrated as one of the world’s leading harpists. She performs extensively as a guest artist at many international festivals, regularly appears with major Australian chamber and symphony orchestras and makes annual tours throughout Europe, Asia and America. She performed at Mawson Station in 2011 to commemorate the Centenary of the first Australian Antarctic Expedition. She is an acclaimed teacher and since leaving the ANU School of Music now teaches at the University of Sydney and the Australian National Academy of Music. She has commissioned many new works by Australian composers as Director of the Seven Harp Ensemble (SHE). Her numerous recordings and touring information can be found at www.alicegiles.com.

Followed by afternoon tea.

In association with the Australian Women’s Archive Project

ANU modelling shows how the 2016 budget really affects your hip pocket

As reported in the Canberra Times on 12 May, Australia’s poorest families will be hardest hit when all the measures factored into last week’s budget are implemented, modelling by the Australian National University shows.

Zombie taxes will hurt the poor

Independent modelling shows lower income families will be least well-off under current budget plans.

Single-parent families in the poorest 20 per cent of households will be worst affected by the 2018-19 financial year, mainly through scheduled cuts to family tax benefits and hikes in tobacco excise.

Those families will be $1407 worse off a year, the equivalent of 3.6 per cent of average incomes for that group.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, on the campaign trail in Penrith with one-year-old Freya Brown, said last week “the budget is very fair”.

Couples with children in the poorest fifth of households will lose $1146, or 2.7 per cent of average incomes, should all budget measures be successfully introduced.

By contrast, relatively well-off couples with children in the second-top income quintile will be $392 a year better off by 2018-19, modelling of the budget’s impact by ANU’s Centre for Social Research and Methods found.

“The analysis … clearly shows that the proposed measures in the 2016-17 budget would impact low income families with children more significantly than other families,” the report says. “The losses for the middle and top income groups are proportionately much less than low income families.”

It concluded the budget will have a “regressive impact”.

Entrenched bias against women and children must stop. In this Budget, this Election and all public policy.

Ten organisations, representing hundreds and thousands of women, have called on warring political leaders in the run-up to the Budget, and to an election, to put an end to entrenched bias against women and children.

“Election 2013, and the following Budget, saw promises made that were not kept, and policies never previously mentioned introduced which were heavy blows to women and children” said Dr Mary Crawford, President of the National Foundation for Australian Women.

“The organisations making this call to political leaders speak for a wide range of women, especially women in disadvantage.

“There are women in Pacific Island nations, depending on Australian aid to give birth to healthy babies, and to educate those children.

“There are women in Australian cities and country towns fleeing domestic violence with their children- they need access to supported affordable housing, to community legal services.

“There are mature women retiring with grossly inadequate retirement incomes, unable to afford rents in our towns and cities.

“There are women and children needing access to health care, to dental care, to affordable medicines.

“There are working women still unable to find affordable decent care after school and in school holidays for their children, women who are still facing the loss of weekend penalty rates if they work in retail and hospitality. There are teenage girls and women looking for work needing access to affordable technical training run by reputable training institutions. We now have mothers and children in Australia who are denied access to a parenting payment once their youngest child turns eight. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are twice as likely to die as an outcome of family violence compared to other women.

“Our organisations know women, know the needs of women and their children. We plead on their behalf.

“Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Leader of the Australian Greens. Now is the time to put an end to entrenched bias against women and children in this Budget, this election and public policies.”

The National Foundation for Australian Women will again produce an analysis of the impact of the Federal Budget on women and girls, Dr Crawford added.

For further information contact Viv Hardy on 0411 208 951 or (02) 9283 4113 or Mary Crawford, President National Foundation of Australian Women 0410 427 831

  • National Foundation for Australian Women
  • Rachel Bausor WIRE
  • Carmen Hannaker Green Union of Australian Women
  • Diann Rodgers-Healy Australian Centre for Leadership for Women
  • Terese Edwards Council for the Single Mother and her Child
  • Joanna Hayter International Women’s Development Agency
  • Linda Simon Women in Adult and Vocational Education
  • Janis Shaw Business and Professional Women Australia
  • Melanie Fernandez Women’s Electoral Lobby
  • Melba Marginson Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition