WIRE stands for Women’s Information and Referral Exchange Inc. We are the only Victoria-wide free generalist information, support and referral service run by women for women.
WIRE aims to be inclusive of women from all backgrounds and experiences, including women of all genders. We aim to create an environment which is free of exploitation and discrimination.
We have been listening and giving voice to women’s experiences since 1984. Every year we answer over 12,000 requests for information and assistance through our Women’s Support Line, drop-in Women’s Information Centre and via email and online chat.
We offer a range of gender-specific training programs, and also research and advocate for women’s issues such as financial literacy and economic security, out-of-school-hours childcare, work-life balance and violence against women.
Why a separate service for women?
Women still experience structural disadvantage due to their gender:
- Gender pay gap—women still on average earn 18% less than men in a financial year
- A structural analysis of women’s issues can be marginalised by mainstream services
- Women more commonly change their work patterns to care for children and other family members which can affect their career progression
- Women have significantly lower superannuation savings than men and are more likely to be disadvantaged in retirement
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