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International Engagement

The NWA’s  aim to empower women’s organisations to actively participate in international human rights processes and to help organisations to identify opportunities for using the outcomes of international processes in their domestic work. In particular, the NWA’s aim to empower women’s organisations to contribute to the establishment and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Provide education forums and opportunities for information sharing about international human rights processes which are relevant to women, including CSW and CEDAW reporting.
  • Identify and consult key stakeholders e.g. AG and F&S networks, NWA, Australian Human Rights Commission to ensure that particularly marginalised women’s voices are represented.
  • Actively participate in the CSW process.


The Commission on the Status of Women (hereafter referred to as “CSW” or “the Commission”) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide.

Gender data, analysis and reporting

eS4W is working for improved access to gender data and analysis for the purposes of policy development and monitoring

  • Statistical data that is disaggregated by sex to be pubic statistical data that is disaggregated by sex to be publically accessible as a matter of course; in all relevant data domains and collections and by all relevant agencies;
  • to influence improvements in the availability (affordability and public accessibility) of statistical data required for gender analysis; and
  • to encourage better gender analysis presented in standard output which is disaggregated by sex for automatic use in ‘Equity’ Reports and adopted as part of ‘equity’ targets such as in COAG, Closing the Gap, etc monitoring and  reporting.

Domestic Violence is a workplace issue

Addressing Domestic Violence is a business imperative. The evidence is that domestic violence can affect the attendance, performance and safety of employees, and consequently reduce the productivity of Australian workplaces.

Gender in disaster affected areas

In 2012 two National Women’s Alliances received Special Project Funds from the Office for Women to develop projects that focused on the economic impact on women in disaster affected areas in Australia. One condition of the funding was for those alliances to discuss their respective projects, identify opportunities for cooperation and collaboration and information sharing. In 2013:

The National Rural Women’s Coalition launched a kit titled “Weather the Storm” which is an engagement program which can be used by community groups to support women to prepare for emergencies and disasters. It comes in a presentation folder and consists of three manuals:  Part 1 – Program Manual; Part 2 – Tools and Templates; Part 3 – Resources.  The kit is available to download for free from the NRWC website:

Economic Security4Women launched “Women’s voices from the floodplains”, a report by JERA International, that focused an economic gender lens on responses in disaster affected areas in Queensland and Victoria (2011 floods). The anticipated outcomes of this project were for: increased opportunities for women in disaster affected areas to provide their views on economic strategies to support women in disaster situations; increased opportunities to inform policy debate and future economic strategies for disaster relief responses’ and enhanced strategies to support women affected by natural disasters that take account of their economic security needs.  The report is available to download here –