IMPORTANT UPDATE - COVID-19 AND HOMELESSNESS
By Dr Jane Bullen – WEL Exec NSW
WEL works every day to advance equality for women. You can be a part of our courageous journey.
For nearly 50 years WEL has brought women from all walks of life together to work for the good of all. Women of all ages, races and backgrounds have lobbied, marched, protested and carried out important research into the barriers that hold women back from a life of dignity, safety and success.
Campaign Spotlight: Women Ageing Well
WEL is working for equality for women all year, with our latest campaign, Women Ageing Well. In 2020 WEL is leading a new and focussed campaign to address the structural causes of women’s homelessness and housing insecurity.
Older women are the fastest growing cohort of people experiencing homelessness in Australia. The number of homeless women aged between 65 and 74 in NSW increased by 78% between 2011 and 2016.
Women in NSW who are eligible for social (public and community) housing can wait for wait for a decade or more to be housed, and are forced to live a day-by-day existence while they wait. Compounding this situation is their ineligibility for priority housing on the basis of age. If there are no other priority circumstances a woman isn’t eligible for social housing until she is aged 80. This is an absurd and unacceptable situation that needs to be fixed immediately.
WEL launched the Women Ageing Well campaign in January, with the first priority to have the age restriction changed to 55, bringing NSW in line with the recent change made in Victoria.
Every small amount counts to fund this campaign and WEL’s daily advocacy for women. Please consider giving at any amount you can afford and stand alongside WEL in 2020 by making a donation today:
Introducing the Women’s Electoral Lobby 'Feminist Tunes' playlist - empowering, upbeat, feminist songs and songs by women, designed to bring us together during Covid 19 times. To enjoy our playlist, sign up to Spotify for free, and listen to these great tunes. You can also add your own songs that fit the theme.
Our first song is Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’. WEL NSW Executive member Sandy Killick chose this song because:
“Respect always gets me up and grooving. I like the backstory - in 1967 Aretha Franklin, then an unknown gospel singer from Detroit reworked Otis Redding’s “Respect” into a feminist anthem that would define a generation and back an entire social movement.”
Help us bring our community together by sharing the playlist with your friends, especially those who need a boost right now.
Let us know your favourite song, why it gives you a lift and we may share it on our Facebook page!
WEL is proudly reformist and always ambitious. Through passion, determination and strategic thinking, we have won many significant policy changes and law reforms to make life better for women everywhere. We are not for profit, non party political and independent. We are able to continue our work and campaigns for equality thanks to the generosity of people like you, our members and supporters.
Learn more about how WEL has been making women count over the past 45+ years in this short film.