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National Economies and Commitments to Benefit from Gender Responsive Budgeting

 Wednesday 14 June 2017 (Pacific) – Decision-makers around the region are being urged to match commitments on gender equality with increased and better targeted funding.

Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Director for Policy, Sione Tekiteki made the call at a regional training workshop aimed at improving understanding of the financial benefits and impacts of spending on women and men, and planning gender responsive budgets.

“Generally in the Pacific region, targeted government spending on women is very low at around just one per cent of national budgets. This is not enough,” said Mr Tekiteki.

“Political and policy commitments for gender equality can only be achieved if sufficient funds are allocated for their implementation.”

The need for improved gender responsive budgeting was reiterated at the official opening of the workshop by UN Women’s Multi-Country Office Representative, Aleta Miller.

“We can only achieve an equal society if the needs of both women and men are reflected in our key policies such as budgets,” Ms Miller said.

“The workshop equips the participants with the important tools to start analysing, tracking and ensuring gender equality becomes everyone’s business.”

Supported by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, UNESCAP and UN Women, the Regional Gender Responsive Budget Workshop highlighted how improved budgeting benefits the growth of economies and the achievement of key commitments, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The regional workshop, held in Suva from 12-13 June, will assist participants to take a more systematic and structured approach to integrating gender into central planning and finance processes, and to identify good practice and useful methodologies to track allocation of resources for gender equality.

“It is quite an eye opener for me!” said Jacob Manase, Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning – PNG Department for Community Development, adding that: “you can have the best gender policy but if you cannot fund it you’ll make no impact.”

Pauline Soaki, Director of the Women’s Development Division – Solomon Islands Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs emphasized the responsibility for ministries to close the gender gap.

“Gender responsive budgeting is important because we must meet community needs, but communities have men and women, and they have different needs. We need to bring the financial controllers into the gender equality conversation immediately, to ensure the proportionate allocation of funding for resources.”

Participants from across the Pacific attended the workshop including civil society organisations, development partners, UN agencies, regional organisations, and senior government officials from 13 forum countries.

Gender Segregation in the Workplace

– here is a link to the final Parliamentary Committee Report

A Century of Milestones: Women and Justice in Queensland


Tuesday 18 Jul 2017 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM @ Parliament House Brisbane

NFAW and UNAAQ are partnering in organising a function to celebrate A Century of Milestones for Women and Justice.

It will be held at Queensland Parliament House from 5.30pm on Tuesday 18 July, kindly hosted by Hon Di Farmer Deputy Speaker of the House.

  1. Welcome
  2. UNAAQ was gifted an indigenous anthem.
  3. Hon Di Farmer opens the events setting the scene for a century of milestones.
  4. Dr Mary Crawford, retiring President for the National Foundation for Australian Women will share insights from her terms in office and the broad range of women’s public policy initiatives.
  5. Donnell Davis will share the renewed role of UNAA and the importance of the empowerment of the whole of community (through the voices of women), reflecting Sustainable Development Goals 5, 8,10, and 16.
  6. Thanks and close.

Please arrive at 5.30 for the formal security process with your photo identification. The attendance charge is $35 per person covering refreshments. You can book at Eventbrite For further info: 0432978230 women-and-justice-in-queensland-with-national-foundation-for-australian-women







Farewell Mary Owen – feisty, strong, feminist

Vale Mary Owen OAM

Mary Owen OAM passed away on 23 March.

NFAW’s Australian Women’s Archives Project began as a community based organisation’s response to a request from Mary Owen for help with conserving the records of her long and varied contribution to public life.

Mary was a foundation member of EMILY’s List. She was also the joint Coordinator of The Working Women’s Centre Melbourne with Sylvie Shaw, 1975-1986, when it was absorbed into the Australian Council of Trade Unions. She was a staff member of AAESDA (Association of Architects, Engineers, Surveyors & Draughtsmen of Australia), 1965 -1975; a member of Women’s Electoral Lobby from 1972; and a member of La Trobe University Council 1983-1990. She was appointed Deputy Chancellor of La Trobe University 1989.

A feisty, strong, feminist, Mary was still fighting to the end, her daughter, Wendy said.

Born in 1921, Mary was a woman who effected change – and made Australia a better, more equal place for all of us coming after her. Thank you Mary, you will be missed.

Vale Mary Owen.

NFAW comments on Labor Discussion Paper on budget transparency

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Annual Pamela Denoon Lecture – 7pm Wednesday 8th March (International Women’s Day)

Josephine Cashman, ‘The importance of mothers and families in lowering the indigenous incarceration rate’.

Coombs Lecture Theatre Building 8A, Fellows Road Australian National University

The over-representation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system nationally has been the subject of extensive documentation, criticism and concern since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 1991. I argue that the key to solving high levels of Indigenous imprisonment is through a focus on families and mothers. It is important to consider the drivers of offending behaviours including drug and alcohol abuse, poor school retention and performance, poor health, and unemployment. But more importantly, we must ask why so many children enter the criminal justice system and placed into care, and why Indigenous women are victimised at such high levels. We need to move away from the rationale that positive change will only come from the provision of services, such as parenting and other health programs. Such services are important, however, it is vital to ensure that every child and mother has a safe home and the same opportunities as every other Australian.


Josephine Cashman is a Worimi woman from NSW. She is a lawyer, businesswoman and social entrepreneur with more than 18 years’ experience working on projects to create social and economic empowerment with Indigenous communities. In 2013, Josephine was appointed by the Prime Minister to the Indigenous Advisory Council and Chair of its Safe Communities Committee. More recently Josephine was appointed as Secretary of the Board of Directors at Gadigal Information Service. As a lawyer, she has worked for more than nine years in the Australian courts and has worked in consultancy and voluntary roles for a variety of private, public and non-profit sector organisations. Josephine recently spoke at a special session on violence against Indigenous women and children at the UN full Human Rights Council in Geneva and is acknowledged for her work at all levels of the community to help bring an end to violence.

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– read here about the campaign being run by Pro Choice Queensland

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Impact of current proposals to cut family benefits

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