eS4W e-bulletin February 2015


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Happy New Year!

eS4W's virtual offices are functioning at full capacity and the hours of operation are:

Office information:

Sally Jope, eS4W's Exeutive Officer
M: 0423 198 567
Office hours:  Monday to Thursday - 9 am to 3 pm
Out of office contact:  via email

Sharen Page, eS4W's Finance & Project Officer
P: 1300 918 273
Office hours:  Monday to Thursday - 9 am to 3 pm & Friday 9 am to 12 noon
Out of office contact:  via email

In this issue:

  • International Women's Day
  • Update on Core Issues' Activities
    • 1.1 Women into non-traditional occupations and industries:Webpage profiling role models and non-traditional occupations.
    • 1.3 Gender wealth equity:  Financial Literacy:  "Letters to my younger self" activity 
  • Collaborations with National Women's Alliances
  • What has your organisation been up to?
International Women's Day 2015 Theme: MAKE IT HAPPEN

All around the world, International Women's Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.

Make It Happen is the 2015 theme for the global hub, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women.


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eS4W IWD Event (Tentative)

eS4W has initiated a Women and Work Parliamentary Friendship Group and we are pleased to announce the convenors of the group are:  The The Hon Teresa Gambaro, Member for Brisbane and Senator for Queensland, The Hon Claire Moore.

We are currently in discussion to hold an introductory event at Australian Parliament House on Thursday 5th March.  We will provide more details in the near future. 

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VIEW Clubs of Australia
Luncheon – Thursday 5 March 2015 – 12 pm for 12:30 pm at NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Theme:  “Equality for women is progress for all”
Guests Speakers:
The Hon Pru Goward, MP, Minister for Women
The Hon. Shelley Hancock, Speaker of NSW Legislative Assembly
Dr Lisa O’Brien, the Smith Family
Click her for the invitation – 
Club Letter Invitation ES4W
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Queen Victoria Women’s Centre IWD Address
Presented by Amy Gray
Thursday March 5 – 6.00pm
210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
visit www.
for more information in the near future
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UN Women Breakfasts
UN women IWD Breakfasts: if you are in Sydney or Canberra, and would like to attend on behalf of eS4W, please let Sally know

  • Canberra event
    Tuesday 3rd March - International Women’s Day Parliamentary Breakfast to be held at Parliament House, Canberra. This year, the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader will be formally launching UN Women’s 
    #HeforShe Campaign, calling for Australian men to publically show their support of gender equality.  The event will include a ‘signing’ where male attendees will be invited to sign on to the #HeforShe campaign. 
  • Sydney event
    Friday 6th March (7 am - 9 am) - Australian Technology Park, Redfern.  Join UNWomen in Sydney to celebrate International Women’s Day and support UN Women’s work to transform the lives of women and girls in our region, for the better

Girls can do anything!  Today women are working in every occupation and in every industry. Many women are loving the sense of achievement that working in male dominated occupations brings, not to mention the better pay and conditions.

So it makes sense for young women to break out of traditional, narrow occupational choices and find out about these other options.

eS4W's is developing and hosting a webpage with profiles of role models and other related information to this issue.  The website will be launched early March 2015.
Do you want to be a role model on eS4W's Website click here
What else to expect in the next 6 months
  • Letters to my Younger Self
    Prominent women including members of eS4W’s member organisations will be invited to write letters to their younger selves and submit them for publication on a standalone eS4W website.
    We will ask these women to reflect on a major decision they made when younger, that had either a good or not so good impact on their financial position. 
    These letters can be linked to relevant sections of the ASIC women’s financial tool kit and will be promoted to younger women with the aim of encouraging them to think of their financial goals and their older selves, their retirement savings and their standard of living as they age.

    An opportunity to introduce our "letters to my younger self" project is timed to coincide with 2015 IWD, with the intention to link the launch with the April/May launch of an ASIC project with the working title of the "Women's Money Toolkit" (name to be finalised).
  • Collaborations with National Women’s Alliances
    • International Agreements: with all alliances
      eS4W has been involved in collaboration with the other National Women's Alliances, in the production of papers that contribute to the Universal Periodic Review (of Human Rights) in Australia; in the CEDAW Shadow Report and the Beijing +20 Review.  Visit - for more information
    • Gender and Disaster: with National Rural Women’s Coalition - NRWC will be presenting on the collaborative work we have undertaken with them at the 13th National Rural Health Conference in Darwin on 24-27 May 2015.  Visit for more information
We want to know what your organisation has been up to lately and how it aligns with the work of the Alliance

Listing and sharing the activities of member organisations keeps us all informed about how the Alliance is working as a whole and might give members ideas of further action they can take towards our goal of the long term economic well being of women. Recent examples are: Meena Wahid of The Women’s Investment Club made contact with her local member in anticipation of the visit to her, in Canberra of our Executive Officer and made clear the connection TWIC has with eS4W. WIRE promoted the role models website in its monthly newsletter. These are just two examples

We are also keen to list regular newsletters of member organisations on our website. This means our members will know what each is doing and can spread the reach of member organisations.
economic Security4Women (eS4W) is one of the National Women’s Alliances. It is an alliance of women’s organisations united in the belief that economic wellbeing and financial security are essential for women and will enable women of all ages to have an equal place in society.

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