In 1982, Jenny Ow, of the Australian Council of Churches, organised the first Immigrant Women's Speakout. Opened by Franca Arena a New South Wales parliamentarian, the speakout attracted 200 women from around the country, with the aim of encouraging them to speak out loud about the problems that migrant women confronted. Similar occasions followed in other capital cities around the country.
Two very important organisations grew out of this occasion. One was the New South Wales Immigrant Women's Speakout Association, the other was the New South Wales Immigrant Women's Resource Centre, which was established in 1985.