Member Notices

International Engagement Forum in Sydney

30 September

Come along and contribute to the dialogue on gender equality in development, international processes and Australia's place in the world. You can register for this event HERE.  

National Women's Alliances International Engagement Forum

Thu, 08/10/2015 - 10:00

Australian Human Rights Commission

Level 3, 175 Pitt Street


Please note this forum is scheduled to run from 10am-4pm. 

This forum is part of the NWAs’ international engagement project which aims to increase awareness of and promote involvement in the Commission on the Status of Women, human rights treaty processes and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The forums bring together women working towards gender equality in Australia with women focussed on gender equality in the development sector and provide an opportunity for the two groups to share information and develop consistent strategies for using those international processes, particularly regarding the SDGs.

The forum will be opened by the Hon. Dr Sharman Stone MP and will consist of:

  • A report back from the UN Sustainable Development           Summit 25-27 September, including perspectives from the Australian Government and civil society
  • Forward planning for the domestic and international implementation of the SDGs from a civil society perspective
  • A CSW60 update and forward planning for civil society involvement
  • An update on the Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights in Australia

Book now!

You can find an agenda for the forum here

ActionAid: Safe Cities for Women Photography Exhibition

Thu, 08/10/2015 - 18:00

UTS Tower Exhibition Space, 15 Broadway Ultimo, NSW 2007

Opening on the evening of Thursday 8 October, the exhibition will feature images of women in cities around the world in which ActionAid works. We want to draw attention to the struggles women and girls experience daily, which impact their rights—to live, learn, work, move freely and thrive.

The exhibition space will also play host to a number of exciting events throughout October and November.

Our Safe Cities for Women Campaign aims to improve the safety of public urban spaces so that women and girls around the world do not have to live in fear and can enjoy the vast benefits of their cities. From Sydney to Phnom Penh, Harare and Monrovia, all women deserve to live in a safe city.


To RSVP to our Safe Cities Launch Night on Thursday 8 October please visit the ActionAid website

Exhibition dates: Thursday 8 October – Monday 30 November

Next Month: Anti-Poverty Week

17 September

We are just under a month away from the 2015 Anti-Poverty Week happening from the 11th-17th of October.

Women are over-represented in key poverty indicators in Australia and older women are particularly vulnerable. Anti-Poverty Week is an opportunity to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship and encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems. 

A calendar of events is available on the Anti-Poverty Week website. If you are organising an activity or event, you can upload information to the APW website for inclusion in the calendar. 

National Foundation for Australian Women Cocktail Party

Mon, 07/09/2015 - 18:00

Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Level 17, 8 Chifley
8-12 Chifley Square
Sydney , NSW 2000

The National Foundation for Australian Women is holding a cocktail evening featuring an interview with Annabel Crabb, by journalist Sarah Macdonald. The interview will discuss Annabel Crabb's book, "The Wife Drought" and her career. 

Please RSVP through the trybooking website

Convention on the Rights of the Child Roundtable

Thu, 20/08/2015 - 14:00

University House, ANU

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the most ratified of all the UN Conventions, ratified by Australia in December 1990. It seems 25 year later that we still need to work harder to ensure children in Australia can reach their fullest potential. 

The 2015 UNAA Status of Women Roundtable is an opportunity to participate in a conversation on a range of topics relating to the CRC in the Australian setting. The Roundtable has space for 24 participants. Panellists will have 10 minutes each. Participants will have 3 minutes each to ask a question or provide other input.

Presenters include Casimira Melican, UNAA SOWN2014  Intern (The  Legal Right to Identity), Dr Wendy O’Brien, Deakin University (Wendy O’Brien, Deakin University, A Children’s Rights Approach to Digital Policy) and TBC a speaker on Australia’s current intercountry adoption program.

Get in touch with Sheila Byard at or 0439 365 688 to RSVP and for futher information. You can access the eventbrite for more information on this session and other UNAA events. 

Women's Leadership Opportunity

22 July 

The Federal Government and Australian Institue of Company Directors are offering 55 Cultural Diversity Scholarships to women who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or come from a culturally or linguistically diverse background. The scholarship is an opportunity to undertake the AICD's highly regarded Foundations of Directorships program (25 scholarships) or Company Directors Course (30 scholarships); and includes 12 months membership to the AICD.  

The Scholarship program is aimed at supporting an increased representation of women on Australian boards and fostering emerging female talent. 

Applications are due at 5pm on Monday 27 July. More information on applying is available here

Power of a Woman Conference

Sat, 08/08/2015 - 08:30

Holmes Building, Sydney University

The Power of Women Conference aims to give women and men the opportunity to hear, feel and understand the power of a woman & enable a woman to define her own power.

ACLW invites feminist forces to unravel their insights to who they are and who they are becoming.

For further information, or to register for this event, please visit the Power of a Woman website.

IWDA recruiting for a new research & policy role

IWDA is currently advertising for a Research and Policy Advisor. This is a new role that is being added to the research, policy and advocacy team.  Working closely with the Senior Research and Policy Advisor and with research partners, IWDA staff and donors, the Research and Policy Advisor will contribute to, develop and manage a portfolio of research, policy and advocacy engagements that progress gender equality and IWDA’s role in providing feminist framing and analysis. This position will also contribute to organisational monitoring, evaluation and learning. Commitment to gender justice, working collaboratively and sensitivity to women’s cultural and development issues are essential to the success of this role.The full position description and application form is available at  To apply confidentially, applicants need to download and complete the application form and email with a cover letter and resume to Jessie Pritchard at, by 9am Monday 13 July 2015. For enquiries please contact (03) 9650 5574 or the email above. Please bring to the attention of relevant networks/ women.

COTA Australia's National Policy Forum 2015

Thu, 02/07/2015 - 09:00

National Press Club, Canberra

The genders have a very different experience of later life.

People's life experiences are also strongly influenced by such factors as culture, language and location. These and other aspects of human diversity affect the experience and meaning of gender in older age too.

In 2015 COTA Australia will again bring together a group of outstanding individuals to explore what is needed to ensure that the genders have the same opportunities and are equally well prepared for later life.


For further event information visit the COTA website.

A registration fee will apply.  For more information visit or email

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