Following is the National Council of Women Australia (NCWA) mid-term conference report.
The NCWA is a national non-government umbrella organisation and our vision is equity and security for all. NCWA has celebrated 120 years of operation and is a member of International Council of Women (ICW), the world’s oldest international women’s organisation, and the Asia Pacific Regional Council of ICW. The conference this year was exciting as we prepared resolutions to submit to Government. We worked on updating our strategic plan and launched the National Council of Young Women Australia by the Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, at a breakfast at Parliament House.
The conference examined the underlying and root causes of poverty and homelessness in older women and violence against women. There was a diverse and respected mix of speakers with personal experience, practitioners and academics to inform and educate us not only on the problems that exist, but also the way forward. This report is a summary of the speakers and some recommendations for moving forward to make a difference.