Women's Groups 2013 - UN Women Australia (formerly UNIFEM Australia)—Perth Chapter Young UN Women Perth Chapter

UN Women Australia (formerly UNIFEM Australia)—Perth Chapter Young UN Women Perth Chapter

Purpose of the group

This group is the national committee for UN Women in Australia, one of 18 globally. Since it began in 1989, UN Women Australia has grown to include a national office in Canberra, UN Women Australia sub-committees, International Women’s Day committees and Young UN Women Australia chapters in many states and territories. WA has two Perth-based volunteer committees—the Perth chapter and the Young UN Women Perth chapter.

The role of UN Women Australia is to:

  • raise funds to support programs that achieve gender equality and empower women internationally
  • challenge attitudes that perpetuate gender inequality in Australia and globally
  • engage government support to achieve gender equality, including providing overseas funds for critical initiatives targeting women’s issues.

UN Women Australia is an active participant in UN activities relating to gender and development. The group sends a delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women annually, including a youth delegate.

The volunteer chapters focus on challenging attitudes, raising awareness and fundraising to support overseas projects in the following areas:

  • developing women’s economic empowerment
  • fostering women’s leadership and participation
  • addressing violence against women
  • building peace and security.

Time period

UN Women Australia has existed since 1989. The Perth chapter was founded in 2008 and the Young UN Women chapter was founded in 2009.

Key achievements

Perth’s two UN Women Australia chapters work with key women’s groups (the IWD WA Collaboration is currently chaired by the Perth chapter) to coordinate an annual International Women’s Day gala breakfast on 8 March to raise funds for international projects.

The major event is attended by women and men from all walks of life and has rapidly grown in support, attracting about 1,000 people in 2011 and 2012. It is supported by all levels of government, corporate businesses, community groups and individuals.

The Women's Hall of Fame is an IWD WA Collaboration initiative launched in 2011 as part of IWD centenary celebrations. One hundred women were inducted into the inaugural Hall of Fame, follow by another 20 in 2012. The Hall of Fame recognises the contribution made by women, past and present, who have inspired and influenced others in WA. Inductees include high-profile businesswomen, families caring for foster children and women parliamentarians who have changed WA history. In 2013, the Hall of Fame is celebrating the achievements of WA’s women’s groups.

Both Perth chapters run several information and fundraising events each year.

Key people and positions in the group

  • Perth Chapter—Anne Banks McAllister (founder and first chairperson to 2012).
  • Perth Chapter—Kerry Stopher (chairperson from 2012).
  • Young Perth Chapter—Elizabeth Shaw (founder and first chairperson from 2010).
  • Young Perth Chapter—Anna Johnson (chairperson from 2011).


  • Website: https://unwomen.org.au
  • Website: http://www.powerof100.com.au/about/unwomen.html
  • Information provided by Kerry Stopher and Anna Johnson.

Article Index
Women's Groups 2013
Abortion Law Repeal Association/Association for the Legal Right to Abortion (ALRA)
American Women's Club of Perth (AWC)
Association of Civilian Widows of WA Inc
Australian College of Midwives WA Branch (ACM)
Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA)
Beta Sigma Phi
Business and Professional Women Western Australia (BPW)
Catholic Women’s League of Western Australia (Inc)
Chrysalis House Women's Refuge
Cine-Matrix: Women in Film and Television WA
Cockburn Women’s Peace Camp
Combined Equal Pay Committee/WA Council for Equal Pay and Opportunity
Community Midwifery WA
Country Women’s Association (CWA)
Domestic Violence Action Group (Geraldton)
Emily’s List
Equal Opportunity Law Reform Coalition
Fremantle Women’s Health Centre (FWHC)
Girl Guides WA
Graduate Women Western Australia (GWWA)/Australian Federation of University Women (AFUW) Western Australia
Grapevine/Perth Wimmin’s Collective
Gretel Club of Perth (Inc)
Harvest Guild
Incest Survivors Association (Inc.)
Inner Wheel Australia
Inside Out Project
Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre
Kalgoorlie Auxiliary of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Karrakatta Club
Labor Women’s Association
Lespar Library
Living Child Inc.—Safe Village Births
Lutheran Women WA
Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women’s Resource Centre
Mining Mums
Modern Women's Club
Mothers’ Union Australia
Movement for the Ordination of Women
Muslim Women’s Support Centre of WA (Inc)
National Council of Women of Western Australia (previously known as West Australian National Council of Women and Western Australian National Council of Women)
National Council of Jewish Women of Australia—WA section (NCJWA)
Nintirri Centre
Older Women’s Network (OWN WA)
Penguin Club
Perth Ionian Club
Polyhymnia Reading Group
Rape Crisis Line
Rural Remote Regional Women’s Network (RRR)
Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC)
Sibyl/University of Western Australia Student Guild Women’s Collective
Society of Women Writers WA
Soroptimist International of Western Australia
Starick Services Inc
Status of Women Committee WA—Australian Labor Party
Tradeswomen on the Move
UN Women Australia (formerly UNIFEM Australia)—Perth Chapter Young UN Women Perth Chapter
Union of Australian Women—WA Branch
V.I.E.W. Western Australia
West Australian Women’s Society of Fine Arts and Crafts
War Widows’ Guild
Warrawee Women’s Refuge
Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL)
West Australian Housewives’ Association (Inc)
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Women in Media
Women’s Information Referral Exchange (WIRE)
Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) of Western Australia
Women in Education Coalition
Women in Mining WA (WIMWA)
Women in Sailing (WIS)
Women in Sport Committee of the Western Australian Sports Council
Women in Technology WA (Inc) (WiTWA)
Women Lawyers of Western Australia (Inc) (WLWA)
Women with Disabilities WA Inc (WWDWA)
Women’s Action Alliance (WAA)
Women’s Advisory Council (WAC)
Women’s Broadcasting Cooperative
Women’s Committee of State School Teachers’ Union WA Executive
Women's Committee of the Waterside Workers Federation
Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (WA)/Women’s Refuge Group of WA (WRG)
Women’s Health and Family Services/Women’s Health Care House/Perth Women’s Centre/Women’s Health Service
Women’s Information Service (WIS)
Women’s Interest Network
Women in Engineering WA (WIE WA)
Women’s International Zionist Organisation (WIZO)
Women’s Liberation
Women’s Service Guilds
Women’s Studies Group
Yanay Yanma
YWCA of Perth
Zonta International
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