Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- Migrant Women's Organisations
The Association of Non-English Speaking Background Women of Australia (ANESBWA) was established in 1987, with the aim of promoting access and equity for the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women of Australia.The founding members argued that women could not rely on the male heads of existing multicultural, ethnic and feminist organisations to represent their interests and that they must speak up for themselves.
As well as networking with women in state and territory Ethnic Community Councils, ANESBWA sought to link up with existing organisations that catered for women, such as social, cultural and political groups. A key feature of the organisation was that it was not ethnically aligned and was therefore in a position to cut across multicultural politics to lobby on behalf of all CALD women.
According to an executive member of the organisation, ANESBWA ceased operating in 1997, due in large part to the federal government of the day removingt funding. It was deemed by the Coalition government that migrant women of CALD background should simply function under the auspices of FECCA (the Federation of Ethnic Communitu Councils of Australia), thus ignoring the women's need for an autonomous voice. Nowadays, CALD women are represented by the Network of Immigrant and Refugee Women of Australia.
Sources used to compile this entry: Matina Mottee interviewed by Nicola Henningham [sound recording]., c. 1931 - c. 2006, ORAL TRC 5603; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection.