Vale Ann Symonds

With sadness, WEL acknowledges the passing of Ann Symonds, past politician and dear friend, who accomplished much in her life - a true trailblazer in social and political leadership.

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Statement on Zoe's Law Nov 2018

12 November 2018

Statement: Crimes Amendment (Zoe’s Law) Bill 2017

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Vale Sue Salthouse

WEL Australia are sad to hear of the passing of Sue Salthouse (1949 to 20 July 2020), an early member of the Alice Springs chapter of Women’s Electoral Lobby. Sue was a tireless advocate for the rights of women, especially women with disabilities. After retiring from teaching in the ACT, Sue became involved in Women With Disabilities Australia, and served as their president for four years. She was also Canberra Citizen of the Year in 2015, and ACT Senior Australian of the Year and chair of Women With Disabilities ACT at the time of her passing in 2020.
Sue took a leading role in the article on Women (Article 6) in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified by Australia in 2008. She continued to work on issues of systemic inequality and disadvantage for women with disabilities, calling for a Royal Commission is looking into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with a disability which was established in late 2019. On accepting her honour as the 2019 ACT Senior Citizen of the Year, Sue talked about the importance of a universal basic income and a wellbeing index that measures more than economic outcomes.
"I think we need to shift our whole focus in this society, whether it’s towards issues like climate change protests advocating for our future, to creating greater respect for this country and to how we treat each other in our daily lives,” Sue said in 2019.
Our condolences to Sue’s family, friends, and colleagues. She will be missed.

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Parliamentary Inquiry will not increase safety for women and children


18th September

Parliamentary Inquiry will not increase safety for women and children

WEL Australia is very concerned that the Government has placed another dangerous obstacle in the path of immediate reform of the family law system with this further Inquiry.

“The Prime Minister is right about the miseries caused by marriage breakdown. But sadder still is the fact that those women and children who courageously leave a violent relationship end up in a system where, in practice, a parent who is violent to their partner can be considered a bad partner, but a good parent,” said Cat Gander, Convenor for WEL’s Ending Violence Against Women’s group.

 “What has happened to the sixty recommendations of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s report and the previous Parliamentary inquiry? Is the Prime Minister hoping for different solutions from this Inquiry?” asked Ms Gander.  

“There is surely enough evidence and testimony now to warrant reform,” said Ms Gander.

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WEL Statement on Luke Foley Nov 8 2018


Women’s Electoral Lobby stands with reporter Ashleigh Raper

SYDNEY 8 November 2018 - The Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) NSW WEL NSW condemns NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley’s alleged assault and attack of ABC reporter Ashleigh Raper.

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Judy Hill: A celebration of a life


It is with great sadness that we share the passing of long-time WEL member, Judy Hill. Judy joined WEL in its founding year 1972 and was a very active member for many years. 

You are invited to join family and friends of Judy's at a celebration of a life shared with friends.

Sunday September 9th, 2018 11am - 1pm

Older Women's Network NSW

8-10 Victoria Street, Newtown 2042

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Budget 2018

Treasurer Scott Morrison has delivered his third Federal Budget for Australia. Here is some more information about the Budget, and what it means for women.

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Nicole Kidman pays tribute to WEL

Nicole Kidman Pays Tribute to WEL

Screen icon, Nicole Kidman is one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People 2018.

In her video for TIME, Nicole pays tribute to the Women's Electoral Lobby. The video has over 600,000 views on Nicole's Instagram. How fabulous to see WEL's name out there!

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WEL Congratulates Jozefa Sobski AM

WEL congratulates long-time WEL member, WEL NSW Executive Member and past WEL NSW Convenor, Jozefa Sobski on receiving the honour of Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia, awarded for significant service to women's rights and migrant advocacy, and to higher education and skills based training.

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Is the Internet Ruining Intimacy? What You Need to Know About Revenge Porn

OPINION: Postgraduate student of international development, WEL member, and host of feminist group, ‘Fight for your Right to Book Club’, Emma McKenzie looks at the pace of State and Federal Government action against perpetrators of image-based abuse.

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