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: