The NRWC and the five fellow National Women’s Alliances* are working together over the next 4 months to identify the key issues for rural women as they relate to the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women, and will then submit these issues to government. While there is no guarantee, it is hoped that the government will include these issues to take to CSW 2012 in New York, as part of their official CSW policies.
The first step in gathering the issues concerning Australian rural women today is through our current survey. This survey will be circulated to all rural women through existing networks, to identify the key issues and concerns they have in 2011. With this information, the 6 National Women’s Alliances will work to ensure that the Australian government is fully aware of your views to be able to present these accurately at CSW 2012. This information will also be used as we lead into the 2013 election round to ensure that the government knows
what rural women really do want!
We need you to complete the survey today and pass the link below on to all of your networks, friends, family & colleagues:
The Commission on the Status for Women (CSW) is one of nine Functional Commissions of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It is dedicated exclusively to gender equality and the advancement of women and is the principal global policy-making body on these issues. Australia is a signatory to CSW and gathers with other representatives of UN Member States New York annually to review progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and the advancement of women worldwide.
The priority theme for CSW 2012 is:
“The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges”
We invite women from rural, regional and remote Australia to identify the key issues for them as they relate to the 2012 theme in the following survey:
The NRWC is keenly aware that women’s perspectives, needs and aspirations vary between regional, rural and remote parts of the country. However, for convenience and brevity, the term rural is used here to refer to all non-metropolitan regions of Australia.
*The National Women’s Alliances are: Australian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Alliance (AIRWA), National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA), Economic Security for Women (ES4W), Equality Rights Australia (ERA) , and Australian Women Against Violence Alliance Everywhere (AWAVA) as well as the National Rural Women’s Coalition. (NRWC)