Since 1985, our grants have been helping Victorian women and girls to thrive.
Our first major public initiative made banks change their policies and start lending money to low income women.
100,000+ visitors to this exhibition, recognising the invisibility of Victorian women artists saw the market value of their work rise to reflect their intrinsic value, and was a turning point in the casual discrimination against female artists.
Gave practical support to several hundred women struggling to make ends meet through job training and mentoring.
We have been in active partnership with Koorie Women Mean Business for over 20 years, working together in the pursuit of justice for Indigenous Australians.
The first and only dedicated women’s start up incubator in Australia, housing 40+ businesses in 8 years and contributing approximately $2.3 million to the City of Yarra economy.
A timely and innovative response to the urgent policy problem of a one-sided water debate. 220+ community groups were formed throughout Victoria, meeting regularly and identifying key community issues and concerns, and bringing women’s voices into the water debate.
The Trust was actively involved in campaigning to abolish provocation from the Victorian State’s statute books. Provocation was abolished in 2005 and replaced by new defensive homicide law. The Trust revisited this law and critiqued it arguing that in the absence of provocation as a defense, defensive homicide was being used as it’s replacement by men instead of being used as a defense by women. Our opinion piece was replied to by the Attorney-General Rob Hulls who then instituted a review into homicide legislation two weeks later.
Violence prevention program that has reached thousands of young boys and men, now partnered with Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club.
A series of public forums, highlighting women’s suffrage and their ongoing activism.
450 women joined voices to perform an anthem heard worldwide, celebrating strength in unity.
Gave organisations the tools and encouragement to recognise and address funding with a gender- lens.
A student-run, girl-only, Victoria-wide public speaking competition. The grand final at Federation Square was opened by the World President of YWCA, and saw the six finalists deliver passionate and articulate speeches on the positive changes to women’s status in Australia.
A national publication calling on the restoration of respect to Australia’s democracy, and untangling sexist and gendered attacks on Australia’s first female Prime Minister.
A directory of 350+ successful and capable women, elevating women’s voices while addressing the lack of gender parity on panels, at public forums and conferences.
Monthly online magazine featuring bold, feminist and thoughtful contributions from Ruby Hamad, Kerry- Anne Walsh, Angela Pippos, Susan Mitchell, Amal Awad, Karen Pickering and many others, as well as cartoons by Judy Horacek.
A tribute to the efforts and achievements of Australia’s first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, was put on the public record, reaching 3.5 million people.
Following on from the success and support of the ‘Credit Where Credit is Due’ ad, speeches by Julia Gillard and Tony Windsor at Melbourne Town Hall were live streamed to venues nationally and overseas.
Government inaction on climate change prompted the VWT and supporters to collect 72,000 signatures and table the fifth-largest petition ever delivered to the Federal House of Representatives.
Our menstrual workplace policy, co-written by Casimira Melican and Grace Mountford in 2016, and supported by The Waratah Project research allows staff members who are experiencing symptoms of menstruation or menopause the option to work flexibly. The result? Exactly what you’d expect; greater productivity and a happier work environment. Media attention around our menstrual workplace policy has attracted an audience of over 6.2 million people.
so that in this lifetime we will be: