A NSW free from poverty and inequality

NCOSS Women is a new committed team at NCOSS focused on leading and driving the New Year for Women Campaign and on working to address the array of issues surrounding gender equity and gendered poverty in NSW.

News & Updates

In 2016 NCOSS began a conversation about how we can work together as a community sector, with business, government and academia, to ensure targeted solutions for women’s empowerment throughout their lives, and overall improve the opportunities and outcomes for women in our state. 

Together with hundreds of women around the state we started the New Year for Women Campaign.

As part of our ongoing advocacy, NCOSS made a submission to the recent review of the National Financial Literacy Strategy. In our submission we present a range of recommendations that ASIC could take to make a very real difference to the life opportunities of those experiencing poverty and disadvantage, particularly vulnerable women.

Expressions of Interest are now open to join the NCOSS Women Delegation at CSW62.

On Monday 11 September, NCOSS members and other stakeholders came together to mark Equal Pay Day and talk solutions around women’s economic empowerment and the future of work.

As part of our 2017-18 Budget Analysis, we recommended that the NSW Government, as part of its commitment to developing a NSW Women’s Strategy, introduce a Women’s Budget for NSW, enabling it to assess the implications of the budget, for men and women, in all their diversity.

Ultimately, if we are to successfully break down barriers, move to achieving gender equality, and ensure that government policies and programs are effective, efficient and fair, we need gender responsive budgeting and data against which we can assess our progress – or lack of. 

NCOSS has been holding the first meetings of our working groups on financial literacy, employment and housing over the past few weeks, bringing together women across the sector, business, academia and beyond to progress the Action Plan for Women established at the New Year for Women Summit.

Our Advisory Panels - the Young Women' Advosry Panel, the Seven Sisters and our CALD Advisory Panel - continue to meet to progress action on their priorities and inform NCOSS Women work.

NCOSS Young Women's Advisory Panel member and the youngest Australian civil society delegate at the Commission on the State of Women (CSW61), Harpreet Dhillon, has made the news.

Read the article.

As a young, culturally and linguistically diverse woman, her contribution to discussion and debate during the event was so important and we were proud to have had her as a key part of our delegation at CSW61. 

On Day 7 of the Commission on the Status of Women NCOSS held its next session in collaboration with the National Women's Alliances - looking at learnings from the New Year for Women campaign. The session focused on:

  • Learning from Indigenous communities and leaders;  
  • Finding common ground with business and government;
  • Voices of young leaders; and
  • Targeted and innovative solution for marginalised women & girls.

NCOSS Young Women's Advisory Panel represenative Keira Jenkins was a panelist during the session. Here are her thoughts:

Day 6 at the Commission on the Status of Women was a reminder for Keira of the importance of and challenges associated with standing up for your rights and collective action. 


Keira Jenkins

Day 5 of the Commision on the Status of Women reinforced the idea that women can achieve literally anything they put their minds to. Here's Keira and Lauren's reflection on work two nurses are doing in Jerusalem and the difference this is making to people's lives. 


Keira Jenkins

This year's Commission on the Status of Women has had a focus on the experience and the empowerment of Indigenous women around the globe - amongst many other things. One of our young women reps, Keira Jenkins brought her experience as an Aboriginal woman to the events she has attended, but she's also hearing a lot about the experience of women from other countries and how they are maintaining their culture.

One of our other reps Lauren Stanley talks about the benefits to the collective of empowering women in business.


On Day 3 of the Commission on the Status of Women NCOSS held a joint side event with the Australian Government: National action on Indigenous women’s economic empowerment (Australia, Canada and New Zealand perspectives)

The event included a panel discussion from women from each nation, sharing their experiences. The panel included:

Day 2 of the Commission on the Status of Women was cancelled after the UN was shut down for a blizzard hitting New York. But that didn't stop the delegates keeping up the good work!


Keira Jenkins

Speaking from the first day of the Commission on the Status of Women the NCOSS young women's representatives report back on the experiences of women and girls pursuing gender equality around the world.


Keira Jenkins

Speaking from Day 2 of the Commission on the Status of Women Youth Forum, our young women reps highlighted what we can miss if we don't allow young voices to be heard.

From 11 year old Elizabeth speaking on on child marriage and love to Carlos Saavedra genuinely talking about power and the spaces we occupy the day showed there is a rich source of knowledge that stems from young people that we should be using to make change.

On Saturday, the young women representing NCOSS at the 61st Commission on the Status of Women attended Day 1 of the second ever CSW Youth Forum - along with 750 other activists and advocates from around the world.

On 26 April, NCOSS CEO Tracy Howe gave evidence at the Committee hearing into gender segregation in the workplace and its impact on women's economic equality. Here are her opening remarks:

Women’s economic equality is not only a women’s issue, but a social and economic program affecting us all, and while enormous improvements have been made in our workplaces, and our legal and social systems, many inequalities still remain- Industrial and occupation gender segregation being a key one.

NCOSS's Submission to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee Inquiry looks at how gender segregation is shaped by a multitude of factors that are complex and interconnected, and how understanding their complexity is critical to designing interventions to address them. The submission focuses on the three key drivers for industrial and occupational gender segregation in Australia:

The New Year for Women campaign brings key leaders and thinkers from the community sector, business, government, unions and academia to find solutions to women and girl’s economic inequality in NSW and beyond.

Find out the latest action from this work in our updates.

Update 3. What you've helped make happen

This Report captures the key issues, potential partnerships and best ideas from the day. It provides an overview of our brilliant keynote speaker Lisa Witter’s address about the need for “bridge-builders” who can reach across different sectors to find new ways to collaborate and achieve real change.

NCOSS brought together key thinkers and stakeholders from across the community sector, business, academia, unions and government to develop this plan for action that so that all women and girls can make meaningful choices and freely determine the outcome of their lives.

This discussion paper was the starting point for a series of roundtable and meetings to inform the New Year for Women project. It focuses on the economic inequality that women and girls experience across their life cycle.

In order to shape a plan for action as part of the NCOSS New Year for Women Project, NCOSS held a series of roundtables and consultations in both metropolitan and regional parts of NSW hearing from over 100 organisations and key stakeholders. The roundtables brought together women from diverse backgrounds and experiences, with first-hand and expert knowledge of what is needed in communities across the state to financially empower women and prevent economic hardship.

This week NCOSS brought together young women from around the State to talk women and girls’ economic empowerment across their life cycle.

We heard from inspirational and impressive young women who have great insight into the key concerns for young women and a vision and the solutions for their own economic empowerment.

This submission takes the view that by breaking the cycle of disadvantage experienced by women across the life course, developing targeted responses for groups of women who face multiple layers of disadvantage and creating stronger links to economic opportunities for women, the numbers of women facing poverty and disadvantage in NSW can be significantly reduced.

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