Australia: Federal Govt awards $2M to anti-war, anti-discrimination, pro-migrant Women Activists
Sun-Herald ~~ Sydney ~~ Sunday June 15, 2008
$2m boost for women activistsKerry-Anne Walsh
A FEMALE anti-war body and Christian and Muslim groups will share in $2 million in grants to be announced today.
Twenty-two non-government organisations will receive up to $100,000 each from the Federal Government to promote female leadership and advocacy.
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, dedicated to helping abolish the causes and legitimisation of war, will receive $100,000.
Funds were sought to help develop a national action plan for Australian non-government organisations in relation to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.
The resolution addresses the unique impact of armed conflict on women, the undervalued contribution women make to peacekeeping and the equal participation of women as "active agents in peace and security".
The Muslim Women's National Network Australia will use its $99,991 to help Australian Muslim women develop self-esteem and overcome discrimination.
The Young Women's Christian Association will also receive grants, one of which is aimed at helping disadvantaged immigrant and refugee women and girls.