Advocacy and Rights


In this section you will find information and links to information on women's rights both here in Australia and on an international level.

ACT Government Human Rights Commission External Link - promotes the human rights and welfare of people living in the ACT.

Multicultural Women's Advocacy - an advocacy, advisory, and lobby group that focuses on the needs of ACT women from culturally and linguistic diverse backgrounds.
Phone: 02 62304632 (9am to 5pm)
Email: mwa@iinet.net.au

YWCA of Canberra External Link - advocates for women in the ACT by lobbying government, advocating on behalf of the least advantaged in our community, and securing a society where women can achieve their potential.

Australian National Committee on Refugee Women External Link - a lobbying, advocacy and research group which works with and for refugee women and their families in order to bring about change in the refugee system and to enhance their ability to rebuild their lives.

Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner External Link - undertakes a range of activities to address discrimination, sexual harassment and other barriers to equality.

National Council of Women of Australia External Link - a non-government umbrella organisation with broad humanitarian and educational objectives.

National Foundation for Australian Women External Link - dedicated to promoting and protecting the interests of Australian women and ensuring that the aims and ideals of the women's movement and its collective wisdom are handed on to new generations of women.

UNIFEM Australia (UN Women Australia) External Link - promotes women's human rights, political participation and economic security.

Women's Electoral Lobby External Link - a feminist, not for profit, self-funded, non-party political, lobby group which acts as a research/advocacy group for the continuing issues that still disadvantage women.

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (Australia) External Link - empowers women to work for peace and justice in every Australian state and territory, and in 45 countries around the world.

Women of the World: Know Your International Human Rights External Link - an educational kit of fact sheets about the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The kit also includes new information about the Optional Protocol to CEDAW, which came into force in Australia in March 2009. The Optional Protocol gives women in Australia the ability to take a complaint about a breach of their rights under CEDAW to the CEDAW Committee.

Women with Disabilities Australia External Link aims to increase awareness of, and address issues faced by, women with disabilities in the community.

Multicultural Women's Advocacy ACT - Represents members in dealing with government agencies to improve the status of multicultural women in the ACT. Provides information and referral to relevant services. Organises seminars, workshops and social gatherings.
Phone: 02 6230 4632

Soroptimist International ACT External Link- for executive women of all ages, cultures and ethnic groups who work through a Programme of Service to make a difference for women throughout the world.

War Widows Guild Canberra Chapter External Link - offers information, support and companionship to war widows. Phone: 02 6288 4463

Women's Action Alliance ACT External Link - a national lobby group which aims to raise the status of women in the Australian community and to strengthen Australian families as the basis of our society.

WILPF External Link - Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Canberra Chapter - empowers women to work effectively for peace, freedom and justice in 45 countries.

Zonta International District 24 External Link - covers Queensland, New South Wales, and the Australian Capital Territory - a global organisation of executive and professional women working together to advance the status of women through service and advocacy.

National Council of Women of AustraliaExternal Link - provides an index of and links to Australian national women's peak organisations and regional women's organisations not represented nationally

Australian Women Against Violence Alliance External Link - focuses on combatting all forms violence against women, to ‘ensure that all women and children are able to live free from all forms of violence and abuse’.

Equality Rights Alliance External Link - Australia’s largest network advocating for women’s equality, women’s leadership and recognition of women’s diversity. The alliance brings together over 50 organisations with an interest in advancing women’s equality.

Australian Women's Coalition - a coalition of 16 member organisations which represent the diversity of Australian women at a national level. Aims to work collaboratively to advance the status of women.

Maternity Coalition External Link - an umbrella organisation to bring together support groups and individuals for effective lobbying, information sharing, networking and support in maternity service.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA) - working to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to have a strong and effective voice in the domestic policy advocacy process and to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in deepening the skills needed to tell their stories.

National Council of Women of Australia External Link - coordinating body for various women's organisations. Seeks to serve the community and improve the welfare of women and families.

National Foundation for Australian Women External Link - dedicated to promoting and protecting the interests of Australian women and ensuring that the aims and ideals of the women's movement and its collective wisdom are handed on to new generations of women.

Women with Disabilities Australia External Link aims to increase awareness of, and address issues faced by, women with disabilities in the community.

Security 4 Women External Link - investigates the issues that impact on the lifelong economic well being of Australian women.

Equality Rights Alliance External Link - The identified priorities of the Network are human rights; the involvement of young women and ensuring a youth voice in policy work and participation in policy issues as they arise

National Rural Women's Coalition & Network (NRWCN) External Link - a collaborative national voice for women living in rural, regional and remote Australia. Established in 2002, we seek to ensure better social and economic outcomes for women in our rural townships and on farms.