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.”
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.
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.
WHEN: Tuesday 26th July, 5pm – 7pm
VENUE:The Alastair Swayn Theatre
33 and 35 Brindabella Circuit
Brindabella Business Park
Canberra, ACT 2609
CONTACT: Lesley Harris | 0419 123 515 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
24 June 2016, 2pm-3pm
National Library of Australia
Conference Room, Level 4
$15 (includes afternoon tea)
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