|Welcome to the website of the National Council of Women of Australia. Our site
will provide you with information about NCWA and its activities in Australia.
Australia was one of the earliest countries to join the International Council of Women (ICW), the world’s oldest international women’s organisation. NCWA is a member of the Asia Pacific Regional Council of ICW.
For over 125 years National Council members have been making a difference in Australia. NCW New South Wales was started in 1896. With our roots in the anti-slavery movement, it wasn’t just about ’getting the vote’ for women - it is about achieving equity and security across all endeavours that encompass life in Australia.
There is still more work to do!
NCWA is a national non-government umbrella organisation with broadly humanitarian and educational objectives, which seeks to raise the awareness of women and girls to their rights and responsibilities as citizens and to encourage the participation of women in all aspects of community life. We work with, and across all sectors, to identify and bring about change to ensure that there is equity and security for all in Australia.
Women or girls, nor indeed any human being, is a ’good’ or chattel of another human being and should never be denied their basic and fundamental human rights.
NCWA links NCW groups across Australia, each with diverse affiliates, in a federal structure and provides a forum for considered debate on policy matters brought forward by the constituent Councils. We also accept National Affiliates - subject to meeting eligibility criteria.
Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove
National Council of Women of Australia acknowledges
Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities.
We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander cultures; and to Elders both past, present and future.