Last week in Melbourne, ERA brought together 53 representatives from 34 of our member organisations for our annual member’s meeting. Over two days, ERA members shared their work and connected with other organisations working to advance gender equality and women’s rights.
Together we also agreed on the strategic direction of our advocacy and projects for the next three years. ERA will continue our advocacy on housing affordability for women and ensuring that Federal policies and processes are gender aware, including work on gendered budgeting and policy development. We will also continue our international project, advancing our gender equality objectives through international processes and supporting members to use international processes in their local work. Finally, we’ll continue to coordinate ERA’s young Women’s Advisory group and support their work to lift the voices and views of young women on sex education into policy processes.
ERA members agreed that this work should feed into a larger project of advocacy for a National Plan for Women. To this end, ERA members agreed to write to the Prime Minister with the following resolution:
That the Minister for Women be resourced by the Government to develop a comprehensive, funded National Plan for Women for adoption by Cabinet by December 2017.
We look forward to continuing this work with our members over the next three years.
Our letter to the Prime Minister is available below: