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News and Events 2017

Indonesian womens' visit | Recognition of leading women in the Australia Day Honours List | NCW NSW Australia Day Postgraduate Awards | Celebrate Being an Australian Lunch | Jean Arnot Memorial  Fellowship | Recognition of community service celebrated at Jean Arnot Luncheon | Mid term Conference | Recognition of women who work for the advancement of women and children | Foundation Day Lunch | NCW NSW Dame Marie Bashir Peace Awards | Social welfare | Women and domestic violence | Affordable housing and refuge centres | Women and politics

In our 121st year, President Tricia Graham and the Executive continue to advocate for and support the advancement of women.  Here is what's happening.

Visit from Representatives of Indonesian Womens' Organisations

On Tuesday 31 January 2017, National Council of Women of NSW Inc. welcomed more than 20 women from all parts of Indonesia (together with interpreters) to meet with some of our members to learn about the structure and operations of our organisation.  The meeting was held in the Dowling/Carmichael Room of Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts. This dynamic group, which represented a range of organisations, was attending a two-week course to empower Indonesian women at The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, part of the University of Sydney, under Deputy Director Dr Thushara Dibley.

President Tricia Graham welcomed our visitors who listened to two short presentations – one focusing on NCW NSW and the other on National Council of Women Australia (NCWA) and International Council of Women (ICW). They were a very appreciative audience who enjoyed exchanging information over morning tea about how to work towards addressing issues such as violence against women, a lack of access to reproductive health care and the prevalence of childhood marriage. President Tricia was presented with two plaques, representing Torajan traditional houses in south Sulewesi – one depicts a store house and the other a domestic abode. Our visitors were delighted each to receive a gift bag containing, amongst other things, a copy of our booklet commemorating the 120th anniversary of NCW NSW in 2017 as well as information from some of our affiliated organisations.

The aim of the visit was to provide this group of women with an insight into real-world management, communication and organisational skills that they can use every day in their leadership roles.  We will follow their progress with interest.

See more photos about NCW NSW and the Indonesian Delegation.

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Order of Australia Honours announced on Australia Day - Congratulations to The Honourable Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC, Anna Bligh AC, Nola Barkl AM (the Immediate Past President of NCW NSW).

NCW NSW Australia Day Postgraduate Awards

On Friday 27 January, NCW NSW presented awards to 15 very talented young women who have demonstrated remarkable abilities in their studies, from a very diverse range of subjects. These young women have the potential to be the future leaders in their field.  The awards are only made possible by the generosity of the sponsors, many of whom have supported these awards since they began 22 years ago.  The awardees' names and their sponsors are listed in this booklet.  We extend our grateful thanks to all the sponsors and acknowledge our appreciation of their ongoing support. Our volunteer photographer, Michael Mannington, recorded the presentations made to both awardees and their sponsors. See more photos from the event.

Each one of the awardees is outstanding in her own field of endeavour and the National Council of Women is proud to honour them.  We are committed to supporting the advancement of women through education and opportunity for all and know these young women will contribute much to our community in the future.

We wish them well in their future studies and again thank our sponsors as well as our Awards Convenor, Dr Jane Baker for facilitating the selection of this year’s very worthy recipients.

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NCW NSW traditionally Celebrate Being an Australian at a lunch held in our New South Wales Parliament House as close to Australia Day as possible.  This year it was on Friday 27 January.  More than 180 invited guests, members, sponsors, awardees, their families and academics assembled to mark this special day.  Our parliamentary host, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC for NSW, was represented by Senator Lee Rhiannon. We were delighted to welcome our patron, Mrs Linda Hurley, wife of the Governor of NSW, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d).

The Guest Speaker was Colonel Sue Graham who held the audience in thrall, describing the experiences of a young woman leader in the modern Australian Armed Forces. Photographs of the day capture the festive spirit.
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Jean Arnot Memorial Fellowship

A joint project of the National Council of Women and The Business and Professional Women's Association of  AustraDescription of photo herelia, this fellowship honours Jean Fleming Arnot (1903-1995) MBE, FLAA, who had a distinguished career of 47 years in librarianship and was a pioneer of equal pay and women's rights. It is organised by the State Library of New South Wales. A highlight of proceedings at this year's 25th Jean Arnot Luncheon was the announcement of the Jean Arnot Memorial Fellowship, introduced by Richard Neville, Mitchell Librarian and presented by Anne Reddacliff from the State Library.  Accepting the cheque for $1,000 was Kristin Twomey, Snowy Valleys Council Librarian who submitted a 5,000 word essay on the need for Local Government to acknowledge the role of public libraries in community building and engagement.  Kristin spoke passionately of the vital role libraries play in rural communities and in so doing helped us to better understand the challenges faced with council amalgamations.  Find out about the Fellowship and see details of eligibility and an entry form.

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The 25th Jean Arnot luncheon was held in the Strangers' dining room at NSW Parliament House on Friday, 12 May.
Our Parliamentary host was Jenny Aitchison MP Legislative Assembly, Member for Maitland and the Guest Speaker was Judy Nunn AM.  24 ladies, 90 years of age or older, were honoured for the contribution they have made to their communities.  Nominations were made by affiliated organisations and individual members. Each lady was presented to our Guest of Honour, Judy Nunn AM and receives a certificate from both Judy and Jenny.  A short biography of each nominee was submitted by nominators and these were published in a keepsake booklet, kindly printed by the State Library of NSW.  Our thanks to Bupa Aged Care for sponsorship of this event. To read more about the enjoyable celebration, please click here. To view and download photos of both the presentation of certificates in the Jubilee Room and the luncheon in the Strangers' dining room, please click here for a link to our dedicated photographer, Michael Mannington's website.


Mid Term Conference of the National Council of Women of Australia

The conference was held 14-16 June at Rydge's Capital Hill, Canberra. For details of the program, please visit the National Council of Women of Australia website, click here:

Recognition of women who work for the advancement of women and children

Once again, this year, we honour women with certificates, recognising their commitment.  They share the common goal of working to advance the status of women and children.  They display the diversity of their dedication to that goal and provide an example of the many different ways a goal can be reached.  Each awardee exhibits the strong characteristics of NCW NSW's founding leaders.  Affiliated organisations and individual members are invited to nominate, using a nomination form, a woman they regard as worthy of such an award.
Foundation Day Lunch

At this year's Foundation Day Luncheon, we celebrate 121 years of promoting the advancement of women.  It was on 26 June 1896 that Margaret Windeyer called a meeting at Sydney Town Hall to discuss forming a National Council of Women in New South Wales (NCW NSW). As a result, the first General Meeting of NCW NSW was held on 26 August 1896, with Vicountess Hampden, wife of the Governor, accepting the position of President.  She served in that position until 1899.

Eleven societies affiliated with NCW NSW in the first year, some with names unusual for today, eg. Working and Factory Girls' Club, Ministering Children's Fresh Air League. Another, Sydney University Women's Association, may not be very different from the organisation affiliated with us today - Australian Federation of Graduate Women.
The work of the first Council was in advocacy for equal pay for equal work, the inclusion of 'domestic arts' in the school curriculum and libraries and kindergartens for the young.

Today, our emphasis is on women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
Save the date: Foundation Day lunch will be on Wednesday, 9 August at the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, NSW 2000.
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NCW NSW Dame Marie Bashir Peace Awards

 The Youth Awards, revamped to honour the example set by Dame Marie Bashir, when she was Governor of NSW, is open to all girls in New South Wales from school years 10-12.  The Principal of each school is invited to nominate one student from their school whom they consider has made a significant contribution to harmony or social justice through displaying leadership in fostering harmonious relationships andDescription of photo here peace.
Nomination forms were sent by email to all schools with female students in the first week of second term.  Please contact us if your school has not received the information.


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