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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 continued to advocate for and support the advancement of women.  Here is what happened.

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:  One of our delegates, Nola Barkl, Hon. Treasurer of NCW NSW has written a report which was published in the July Newsletter.

Foundation Day Luncheon

This year's Foundation Day Luncheon commemorated 121 years since the National Council of Women was founded and was an opportunity for members to re-dedicate themselves to encouraging others to work for advancing the cause of women and young people.  Unfortunately, our patron, Mrs Linda Hurley, wife of His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of New South Wales, was unable to attend but a message of congratulations was read by Vice President Cassandra Allan.

It was a most enjoyable occasion, held in the elegantly decorated Cello's restaurant at the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. The repast was delicious and the guest speaker, Kim Boettcher, presented those present with food for thought. She spoke about the Seniors Rights Service which is a community legal service for older people. She particularly highlighted the problematic area of elder abuse which affects at least 5% of older Australians. For further information about this service, visit the website
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A highlight was the presentation of Recognition Awards to four women who have volunteered their time tirelessly for the community. Nadene Alhadeff was nominated by Maxine Bachmayer, Director of the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia – NSW. Margaret Blomfield was nominated by Helen Cook, President of the Catholic Women's League Archdiocese of Sydney. Rosalind Brennan was nominated by Sari Browne OAM JP, member of The Great Synagogue Women's Auxiliary. Barbara Clark was nominated by Anne Ball, representing the Presbyterian Women's Association of Australia in NSW. The details of their involvement in the Profiles Booklet make fascinating reading and demonstrate what worthy awardees they are.

The raffle, with prizes generously donated, was well supported and thanks go to all who attended. President Tricia Graham, cruising through the Panama Canal at the time of the luncheon, was represented by Vice Presidents, Sally Fennell and Cassandra Allan. Thanks go to the dedicated members of NCW NSW who organised the luncheon, particularly Mrs Nola Barkl, and our volunteer photographer, Michael Mannington.  The photographs are available at this link.


NCW NSW Dame Marie Bashir Peace Awards

 Young women driven by a sense of social justice, some humble and self effacing yet skillful in organizing and facilitating activities, all having the desire to engender peace and harmony in their communities: these are the 17 and 18 year olds from diverse backgrounds who have been recognized in the 2017 NCW NSW Dame Marie Bashir Peace Awards.
Dame Marie Roslyn Bashir AD, CVO, the former and second longest-serving Governor of New South Wales continues to provide a strong role model for youth in NSW.  These awards were initiated in 2010 by the National Council of Women of NSW in her honour. The Principal of each secondary school in NSW is invited to nominate one girl per school from years 10 – 12 who has displayed leadership in fostering harmonious relationships and peace.
The nominations by Principals and personal statements written by the students reveal the breadth of opportunities our schools provide for students to learn the importance of a cohesive community and the need to care for one another.
Ruth Hartley - Kirrawee High School
Rachael Knight-Derkowski - Ulladulla High School
Awal Maker - Woolgoolga High School
Quinn Patch - Taree High School
Emily Sole – New England Girls' School
Gabrielle Stricker-Phelps – Ascham School
Annabella Teale – Roseville College
Riya Thapa – Armidale High School
Highly Commended
Abby Greig – Rouse Hill High School
Georgia Marsters – Wiley Park Girls' High School
Nahrain Oshana – Sydney Girls' High School
Azrun Paulson – Mudgee High School
Awardees receive $250 and all students receive a certificate. Grateful thanks go to Zonta Club of Sydney East and Pan Pacific & South East Asia Women's Association of Australia for their sponsorship. Many thanks also to our volunteer photographer, Michael Mannington. You may access photos taken on the day, by clicking on this link.


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