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Media Release by The Hon Tanya Pibersek MP

$1.2 Million for Projects to Boost Women’s Leadership and Advocacy

The Government today announced the recipients of the 2009 Women’s Leadership and Development Program Grants.

Over $1.2 million will be provided to support 16 projects that will aim to increase Australian women’s representation and advocacy.

 Tanya Plibersek said promoting the engagement of women in society remains a high priority for the Australian Government.

“Ensuring that representative organisations are well equipped to advocate and participate in current policy debates is important to improving outcomes for Australian women,” Ms Plibersek said.

Projects funded through the grants include:

  • Support for Indigenous women in Central Australia to consult with and represent the vocational education and training needs of their communities to Government.
  • A national media training program for female athletes and sports administrators to promote women’s sporting achievements and improve media coverage of women’s sport.
  • National advocacy that supports older women’s participation in and input to government policy, planning and service development.

The Australian Government is committed to supporting and promoting women’s leadership in Australian society.

“These grants will support women’s organisations to work with diverse groups of women in the community and assist them engage in current policy debates,” Ms Plibersek said.

“Women busy in their everyday lives, who may not ordinarily engage in Government consultation but whose opinions are just as important, are among the target groups.

“I wish this year’s grant recipients well with the implementation of their projects over the next 12 months and look forward to learning of how their initiatives have boosted women’s leadership and advocacy,” Ms Plibersek said.

2008-09 Women’s Leadership and Development Program Grant Recipient
Organisation Project title Funding (ex GST)
Association of Women Educators National symposium on supporting pregnant and parenting young women. $62,250
Australian Climate Coolers Women and climate change national forum series. $88,700
Australian Womensport and Recreation Association “The Catalyst Project” – improving sports media coverage for women. $100,000
Fitted for Work Supporting women experiencing disadvantage in Sydney. $92,000
Foundation of Australian Agricultural Women Enhancing communication innovation capacities for women in leadership in rural and regional communities of Australia. $100,000
Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health Setting the compass: building capacity for advocacy on immigrant and refugee women’s issues. $99,993
Muslim Women’s National Network of Australia Gender advocacy and representation for Muslim women in Australia. $100,000
Network of Immigrant and Refugee Women in Australia Raising the voice of migrant women workers in precarious employment. $100,000
Older Women’s Network Australia Older women’s VOICE: valid, one, inclusive, committed, empowering. $97,205
Soroptimist International Australia Media contact database and associated member training. $18,335
UNIFEM Australia Building the capacity of national women’s NGOs and their affiliates who work with marginalised women to engage in inclusive gender analysis. $100,000
UNIFEM Australia Gender equality online. $42,550
Vitalstatistix National Women’s Theatre Company GO-GO African community arts project – driven by and for women. $54,500
Women in Adult and Vocational Education Ulkumantjuta Ukarratjuta together for learning: Waltja and WAVE women learning and talking about training. $98,800
Women’s Industry Network Seafood Community Using smart IT to meet the challenge of distance for WINSC. $30,950
Young Women’s Christian Association of Australia From local to global and back again: using the CEDAW NGO Report in domestic and international advocacy. $60,393
   $1,245,676