Advocacy & Research
By listening and talking everyday to women like you, we know the issues and problems you face in your life as a woman. This first-hand knowledge combined with our understanding of the legislative and political environment in Australia means we can use your stories to advocate for structural changes to address social, economic and political inequalities for women in Australia.
One of the ways we achieve this is through our membership on the eSecurity4Women alliance, one of six national women’s alliances that report directly to the Minister for Women in the federal government.
We take issues such as:
- Barriers to women in paid employment by calling for a review of the Out-of-School-Hours Care system as a workforce issue
- The gender pay gap—equal pay for equal work
- Improving women’s financial literacy and financial security
- The housing shortage and issue of affordable, accessible housing including the cost of private rent and access to public housing and crisis accommodation
- Prevention of violence against women
We consider all of these issues from a gender perspective and how they impact on women in particular.
To strengthen our understanding and voice we conduct gender-specific research and project work on:
- Exploring the nature and impact of financial abuse in the context of family violence on the women and children who experience it—Relationship Problems and Money: Women talk about financial abuse (2014)
- Improving women’s financial literacy and security—Women’s Financial Literacy Research (2007) and Young Women and Money (2010)
- Developing a women-sensitive service response model for gambling service in Victoria—Opening Doors for Women
- Research into the information needs of older women and their families—The Perils of the Pokies (2005)
- Building knowledge on providing a family friendly workplace for women’s not for profit service and work women in small business—Getting the Balance Right and Better Balance Better Business
- Financial Abuse in Family Violence Workshops for Women and Support Workers 2012
- Women & Money Month 2008 – 2010