The five National Women’s Alliances (the Alliances) are funded by the Australian Government – Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Collectively they represent over 180 women’s organisations, working together to bring forward the views, voices and issues of Australian women and, in particular, women from marginalised and disadvantaged groups.
The Alliances take the lead in ensuring that the voices of as many women as possible are heard, especially those who in the past have found it difficult to engage in advocacy and decision making.
In line with their Funding Agreements, the role of the Alliances is twofold:
- bring together women's organisations and individuals from across Australia to share information, identify issues that affect them, and identify solutions
- engage actively with the Australian Government on policy issues as part of a better more informed and representative dialogue between women and government.
The Alliances are made up of a mix of issues-based and sector-based women's groups each with a distinct focus and a strong capacity for networking and advocacy activities.
The issues-based Alliances are:
- economic Security4Women (eS4W)
- Equality Rights Alliance (ERA)
- Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA)
The sector-based Alliances are:
- National Rural Women's Coalition (NRWC)
- National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Alliance (NATSIWA)