Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- Migrant Women's Organisations
From the time of her election to parliament, Franca Arean was hopeful of forming a "network" of women of all backgrounds who could meet informally, exchange ideas amd help and support each other. In January 1984, she senta letter to twenty to thirty women asking them to come to a meeting at Parliament House. They met in Feb 1984 for the first time, and the Women's Network - Australia was born. The first Women's Network guest was Frederika Steen, the head of a newly established Women's Desk at the Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs in Canberra.