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Australian Council for Women (1993 - 1995)

Women’s advocacy and Women's organisation


The Australian Council for Women (ACW) was established in late 1993, replacing the National Women's Consultative Council, to co-ordinate planning in Australia for the Fourth World Conference on Women to be held in Beijing in September 1995 and to consult with women and transmit their concerns and ideas to the government. Council members travelled widely in Australia, meeting women and consulting with community groups.

On International Women's Day 1994 the ACW launched its Purple Postcard survey, asking women to list one concern, and sent questionnaires to non-government organisations. The major issues emerging from the survey were fear of violence, breast cancer, and the cost and availability of child care.

In February 1995, the ACW released its report listing strategies to tackle these issues of concern, to be included in Australia's presentation to the UN Fourth World Conference. The ACW Chair, Sandra Yates, was a delegate to the Beijing conference and advisor to the Australian official delegation which was led by Dr Carmen Lawrence, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women and Minister for Health. The Council was disestablished on 31 December 1995.

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 1978 - 1984 National Women's Advisory Council
       1978 - 1984 National Women's Advisory Council
       1984 - 1992 National Women's Consultative Council
             1993 - 1995 Australian Council for Women

Archival resources

Jessie Street National Women's Library

  • Papers of the Australian Council for Women, 1993 - 1996, BOX 1,2,3,16,17; Jessie Street National Women's Library. Details

Maggie Shapley

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