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Dressed as suffragettes in 1912, Nina and members of the Christian Women’s Temperance Union, Melbourne celebrate the 100th anniversary of National Council Of Women Of Victoria.

As WIZO Victoria’s Public Affairs and Public Relations officer I have had opportunities during the past year to represent WIZO and inform other organisations about our goals and our projects.

In February 2013 I was invited to give a presentation to National Council of Women of Victoria (NCWV) and the United Nations Association of Australia, Victoria chapter, Status of Women Committee, about the Empowering Girls program offered by WIZO Neve Shaanan, Haifa. In addition, I was a speaker at the National Australian Chinese Women’s Association 2013 International Women’s Day celebration informing the audience about our founder, Rebecca Seif, Ahuzat Yeladim and the communalities between the Jewish the Chinese communities in Australia.

Over the past two years, I have held the position of NCWV Legislation Advisor monitoring inquiries and submissions called by the Parliament of Victoria. This is a research role and information is provided to affiliated organisations so that they can make submissions to the Victorian Parliament.

NCWV has produced a brochure entitled Respect for Women aimed at educating women, girls, new immigrants and the general community that women in Australia have rights protected by law. As a NCWV affiliate, WIZO Victoria can be very proud to be associated with of this informative brochure. The brochure will shortly be available on our website.

November 2012 was the 100th anniversary of the NCWV. I was asked to participate in a play commemorating the inaugural meeting and to take the role of the delegate for the Melbourne Jewish Women’s Guild, a founding member of NCWV. As a WIZO member I felt very proud to represent another Jewish women’s organisation with goals similar to our own.

2012 was the third year in which our members donated pamper packs to Winja Ulupna Women’s Recovery Hostel for Mother’s Day and Christmas. At the 2012 Christmas party Aunty Bea Edwards, manager of Winja Ulupna acknowledged with great emotion the generous support of our members. Listening to Aunty Bea’s expression of thanks to WIZO Victoria was a moment of great pride for those members present.

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