economic Security4Women (eS4W) is a national women’s alliance, funded by the Australian Government through the Office for Women in the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

It is an alliance of women’s organisations united in the belief that economic wellbeing and financial security are essential for women and will enable women of all ages to have an equal place in society.

The role of eS4W is to:

  • bring together women’s organisations and individuals from across Australia to share information, identify barriers to women’s economic security and to identify solutions by prioritising the key issues for action to bring about change
  • engage actively with the Australian Government on policy issues as part of a better more informed and representative dialogue between women and government.

As a National Women’s Alliance we take a lead in ensuring that the voices of as many women as possible are heard, especially those who in the past have found it difficult to engage in advocacy and decision making.

The Alliances are made up of a mix of sector-based and issues-based women’s groups each with a distinct focus and a strong capacity for networking and advocacy activities. eS4W collaborates with these other Alliances on joint projects. For more information on the Alliances’ model click here

eS4W advocates for change to policies which continue to impact negatively on equality for women and their ongoing economic security.

Through advocacy eS4W is determined to:

  • promote women’s (actual and potential) role in the economy
  • achieve equal pay rates for women and narrow the gender pay gap
  • improve women’s access to relevant and affordable education and training
  • improve the provision of appropriate working conditions for women that enhance their career advancement within employment
  • increase the application of a gender perspective to public policy and budgetary processes
  • improve women’s access to sustainable employment and business enterprise
  • improve women’s access to financial planning
  • narrow the gender gap in superannuation/retirement savings
  • improve women’s access to affordable and accessible childcare (including out of school hours and vacation care)
  • improve, across all regions (in particular rural and remote areas), women’s access to information and communications technology
  • increase awareness of and reduce the rate of gender based discrimination in employment and of occupational segregation
  • improve women’s financial security through control over economic resources and income for retirement

Core issues

In 2014/2015 our core areas of interest are

  • Women and girls into nontraditional occupations and industries
  • Gender equity in the workplace: Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) Sector
  • Gender wealth equity: Financial Literacy and retirement savings
  • Gender statistics: data disaggregated by gender
  • Collaborative projects with the National Women’s Alliances
    • Gender and Disasters with National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC)
    • National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders Women’s Alliance conference
    • AWAVA – Conference on the prevention of Violence Against Women and Children
    • Development of an International Agenda (CSW59, CEDAW & Beijing Platform for Action +20

Members

Membership is open to any organisation that:

  • has a primary interest in women and women’s issues
  • has a national focus
  • supports the principles and objectives of eS4W

Each National Member Organisation has two representatives and each State Member Organisation has one representative on eS4W Council that decides on the strategic direction of eS4W. The Council elects the Management Group who oversee the work of the alliance.

Click here for a list of our members

Partners

eS4W also has partnerships with a range of organisations that can be viewed here.

Contractors

Independent Contractors including an Executive Officer and Finance and Project Officer offer independent advice and operational expertise to the Alliance.