The Commonwealth Government announced funding for six National Women’s Alliances.
The Alliances are to take the lead in ensuring that the voices of as many women as possible are heard, especially those who in the past have found it difficult to engage in advocacy and decision making.
The role of the Alliances is twofold. They will bring together women’s organisations and individuals from across Australia to share information, identify issues that affect them, and identify solutions; and engage actively with the Australian Government on policy issues as part of a better more informed and representative dialogue between women and government.
The issues-based Alliances are: economic Security for Women (eS4W), Equality Rights Alliance (ERA), and Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA).
The sector-based Alliances are: the National Rural Women’s Coalition and Network (NRWC&N), the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA), and the Australian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Alliance (AIRWA).