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It has never been more important to invest in women’s economic security

This Anti-Poverty Week (17th – 23rd October) we will put a spotlight on how the COVID-19 pandemic and NSW housing policy have adversely impacted women in NSW.

Under the theme, Building Women’s Economic Security, our campaign – A Pink Hi-Vis Recovery – will draw attention to the precarious housing situation faced by many women in NSW and advocate for tangible policy changes that will improve lives across the state and aid NSW’s economic recovery.

Social housing can play a key role in NSW’s recovery, driving economic growth and jobs creation across the state; at the same time as building women’s economic security. This year Joanna Quilty, NCOSS CEO and Brad Webb, Castle CEO are pleased to Co-Chair the NSW Anti-Poverty Week (APW) Steering Group. The Steering Group is made up of organisations that are connected to their community and committed to ending poverty.

• Country Women's Association
• Older Women's Network
• Mission Australia
• Financial Counsellors Association of NSW
• St Vincent de Paul
• NSW Council of Social Service

Together with Domestic Violence NSW, Homelessness NSW and Community Housing Industry Association NSW, NCOSS has commissioned a new report from Equity Economics that sets out the evidence supporting our campaign and highlighting the urgent need to invest in women’s economic security by building more social housing. Read the report here: Rebuilding for Women's Economic Security - Investing in Social Housing in NSW 

The Stats

Women over 55+ are the fastest growing cohort of people experiencing housing stress and homelessness.

The pandemic has worsened the housing insecurity for women. Rents in regional areas have risen over the past two years with properties in the cheapest quartile increasing by 13%.

Domestic and family violence is a key driver of homelessness and is the primary reason for people seeking assistance from specialist homelessness services. There has been an increase in the number of reports of domestic violence, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women at greater risk.

Women have been more affected by job losses during the COVID-19 pandemic than men with women in Western and South Western Sydney being the hardest hit.

The Need for Action

To meet unmet and increased demand, construction of 5,000 additional social housing units must be fast-tracked to urgently provide women experiencing family and domestic violence and/or at risk of homelessness a safe, secure place to live.

In addition to providing shelter, it will also stimulate the NSW economy, delivering $4.5 billion in economic output and almost 14,000 jobs. The construction sector represents one of the biggest employers in NSW, and is particularly important in regional NSW.

How to Get Involved

Download: Key Messages to share with your networks

Social Media

AR Filter for Facebook & InstagramShow your support on social media from 17 October 2021 by taking a pic or using the 'Pink Hi-Vis Recovery' filter. Don’t forget to tag us! (See social media handles below)

Instructions: How to use 'Pink Hi-Vis Recovery' filter for Facebook & Instagram: Social Media Flyer 

Zoom / Teams Virtual Backgrounds

Instructions: How to add Zoom / Teams Virtual Backgrounds

Download and share Social Media Tiles

During Anti-Poverty Week, we will be sharing links to the ‘Pink Hi-Vis Recovery’ filter, social media tiles and launching our reportRebuilding for Women’s Economic Security – Investing in Social Housing in NSW’ on our social media platforms. Be sure to follow us!

Social media handles to tag:

Facebook:  @NSWCouncilofSocialService @antipovertyweek

LinkedIn:    @NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS)

Twitter:      @_NCOSS_ @AntiPovertyWeek

Instagram: @_ncoss_ @antipovertyweek

Hashtags:  #InVestInWomen #APW21 #BuildSocialHousing

APW Events Around NSW

Below is a list of events that are being held by our members during Anti-Poverty Week:

OrganisationDateEvent Description
Canterbury Bankstown Multicultural InteragencyWhen: Tuesday 19 October 2021
Time: 1pm – 3.15pm
The event is aimed at discussing the impact of COVID-19 on Canterbury Bankstown as well as promote services to alleviate poverty.

Where: Register now for this free online event.

Older Women’s NetworkWhen: October 20th 2021

Time: 10:30am - 11:30am

In the 60s, we burned our bras for women's liberation. Now we have to ask permission to buy them. Find out how the Indue Card penalises the poor and erodes human rights, including the rights of women to safety and shelter.

Katheryn and Amanda from NCDCA - No Cashless Debit Card Australia will be in conversation with Professor Shirley Randell.

Where: Register now for this free online event.

Alliance for Gambling ReformWhen: October 21st 2021

Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Where: Register now for this free online event.

If you would like to host an event or get involved please contact the NCOSS team at