Advocacy

In Western Australia

The Association is non-party political, but speaks out when the need arises to express the views and concerns of rural people.  Members are encouraged to keep informed about what is happening in the community, particularly social issues affecting the family, children and young people.   A Social Issues Fact Finding Team within the Association collates the various views sent in by members on subjects of social concern.  Submissions are prepared by this group for consideration by the State Management Committee before being forwarded as an Association viewpoint to the appropriate authority.  This could be the State or Commonwealth Government, Parliamentary working parties, special Inquiries, or the Law Reform Commission.   CWA has had an important constructive input into many of these over its long history.

The yearly State Conference is also the arena where branches have the opportunity to put forward Motions that contribute to the wellbeing of all people of this State and country.  These motions, if passed, are also forwarded to the Government of the day as an expressed view of the Association for consideration and action.

In the South Pacific

The CWA of WA is also a full constituent member of the Associated Country Women of the World.  This is a world-wide body of rural women’s organisations with approximately nine million members in almost 70 countries with its headquarters in London.  A world conference is held every three years and the CWA of WA sends delegates to attend.

Outside Australia and in support of rural women’s groups in the South Pacific Area of the Associated Country Women of the World of which Australia forms a part, assistance has been given to Timor Leste, Vanuatu, Kiribati, the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Papua New Guinea in the form of direct assistance with building projects to sewing and educational aids.  Parcels of needles, pins, threads, patterns, buttons and other sewing materials are regularly sent from Western Australia to these islands.  The promise of a brightly coloured new singlet for her baby is often sufficient enticement for the mother to bring her baby back to the clinic for immunization and regular checks.