Welcome to WEL Victoria
Women’s Electoral Lobby is a long-term feminist non-party political lobby group, established in Melbourne on February 27, 1972.
See our Issues/Discrimination page under Gender Statistics to find that our highest paid job for men is neurosurgeon at $577,674 but for women it’s a judge on $355,844!
Liberal National Campaign Launch: NIL funding for women’s refuges and frontline services.
Labor: New Safe Housing for Women programs to increase number of refuges for support services that help women to stay safe in their own homes, as well as support for specialist women’s services.
Greens: 10 year $5 billion National Partnership Agreement on Domestic Violence Against Women to fund such services as crime phone services, women’s shelters, training for service providers and counselling.
A FAIR GO FOR WOMEN – HOW?
* better access to quality affordable child care
* increase funding for education and pre-school
* government funded paid parental leave for all
* family friendly, flexible, safe workplaces and secure, work
* better welfare system for women in poverty
* more access and funding for reproductive health
* more women on decision-making boards
* stop male violence against women
WEL VICTORIA STRATEGIES
WEL believes that fair policies are those that:
1. Ensure costs and benefits are fairly distributed between women and men and between different groups of women;
2. Value and reward fairly people’s different skills, experiences and contributions;
3. Recognise the value of caring and supporting roles, whether paid or unpaid;
4. Recognise and rectify past and current inequalities between men and women;
5. Enhance opportunities for both women and men to take on equal rights and responsibilities in all aspects of society: politics, community, employment and social life.
Where appropriate, does the current policy conform with UN Human Rights obligations?
WEL Australia has developed this policy framework which we all endorse.
OUR ONGOING CAMPAIGNS including new alerts on discrimination, violence and sexism.
* Women have had enough of male violence in the home and in the streets. Lobby your politicians advocating an end to violence against women and children. Men must not turn the other way when they see violence, otherwise they are colluding in criminal behaviour. WEL Victoria supports the new #ME TOO Campaign against workplace abuse.
* WEL Victoria will lobby against the huge cost of the predicted University education fees. WEL Victoria also urges the Turnbull government to fully fund the Gonski reforms to ensure the education of all Australians is as good as possible. Australia’s future depends on a well educated population.
* WEL Victoria has been campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion – the Abortion Bill has now been passed in both Victorian Houses of Parliament – abortions up to 24 weeks gestation are now legal, and after that, may be allowed with the consent of two doctors …. 10 October 2008. Even though abortion is now legal in Victoria we must remain eternally vigilant about these gains. In NSW, a bill has been tabled to bestow “personhood” on a foetus before it is born – see WEL Australia website for full details.
The National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW), produced an analysis of women’s issues by Marie Coleman on their website. Click on www.nfaw.org/category/news-feed for information. “Informing Women’s Votes” and select from issues such as Paid Parental Leave, Superannuation, Workforce, Child Care, Violence, Education and Aged Care. These issues are still of major importance to women.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Our recent lobbying:
fair treatment for women in low paid jobs who are trying to balance work and family responsibilities;
fair treatment of women affected by the changes to the Industrial Relations Laws – see our Issues / Industrial Relations page for the studies by Sue Hammond who appeared before the Australian Industrial Relations Commission on pay equity issues;
support the Family Violence Bill of Victoria.
We will also lobby for accessible, affordable quality child care, and to deal with violence against women wherever it occurs. See our Issues page on Violence to read Anne Gunter’s excellent article supporting the Family Violence Bill and also WEL Australia’s draft submission to the National Council on Violence.
LOBBYING GETS RESULTS: The previous Sex Discrimination Commissioner of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Elizabeth Broderick, conducted an extensive Listening Tour throughout Australia and announced a “roadmap towards gender equality”. CLICK here to read the full HREOC Media Release with proposed outcomes for women, all in tune with WEL’s long-time lobbying.
AND MORE LOBBYING – The Federal Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee has conducted an inquiry into the effectiveness of the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act 1984 in eliminating discrimination and promoting gender equality. CLICK here to read the submission from WEL Australia.
SUCCESSFUL LOBBYING: In July 2010, former Minister Tanya Plibersek announced that the total number of directors on Federal Government boards would comprise at least 40 percent women and 40 percent men. Individual boards may vary but the total must be 40 percent. We will be lobbying the Government to amend the Corporations Act to ensure that all public companies also have at least 40 percent female and 40 percent male directors. Click here to read the WEL submission calling for 40 percent women on boards.
The International Alliance of Women, to whom WEL Australia is affiliated, brought the International Board meeting to Melbourne in 2012. The Women’s Electoral Lobby Victoria, the League of Women Voters of Victoria and the Union of Australian Women Victoria were the hostesses. See our News and Events page for the Proceedings of the Conference, the speech by Dr Clare Wright and some photos from the Conference. CLICK here for the excellent history of our political women by Dr Clare Wright.
Visit http://www.wel.org.au/ for the Women’s Electoral Lobby Australia website to see national policies and information about other WEL groups around the country.
WEL Australia statement covering key issues affecting women – click to read the full document. Opens in new window.
Send WEL Victoria an email on any matter important for women at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, your opinion and ideas count.
THINK WEL BEFORE YOU VOTE!