— About Us
The Association of Women Educators (AWE) is a national organisation that was founded in 1983.
We work towards the full participation of women and girls in all aspects of today’s world. Our focus:
- encourage and support women, so that they can effectively pursue their chosen career
- respond to issues of concern for women both in education and the wider community
- eliminate all forms of discrimination in curriculum, institutional practices, and education policies
- lobby for further reforms and change to enhance the position of women in education and the wider community.
- undertake research projects and promotional activities that further our objectives.
Over the last four decades, AWE has achieved significant outcomes through the delivery of national events, activities and projects. The Association’s ongoing work is greatly supported by the acquisition of National and State grants.
Australian Young Pregnant and Parenting Network
This network grew out of the original work that AWE undertook in researching issues surrounding teenage young mothers in Australia. AWE is affiliated with the Australian Young Pregnant and Parenting Network (AYPPN).
The Network held a national symposium on 12-13 October 2023 in Melbourne. Seventy people from across Australia attended the symposium – from schools and service providers, advocates, academics and young parents sharing experience and knowledge. It was very positive and constructive and was important in forming connections and partnerships in the network.
The Hon Ged Kearney MP, Assistant Minister for Health opened the symposium. She was well informed and promised to make the issues surrounding teenage mums her priority. We were extremely pleased about this. There are however nowhere near enough schools or services providing for the needs of young parents in completing their education so there is much work to be done.
AWE representative on AYPPN
AWE Student Wellbeing Officers in QLD primary schools
Student wellbeing officers support the general wellbeing of students, providing an additional adult role model in the school, and enhancing engagement with the broader community as well as complementing the work of guidance officers. The Qld government provides funding to schools in low socio-economic areas with enrolments over 100 students and several of them have engaged AWE as their provider of choice.
There is still much work to be done.
‘Gender equality is growing more distant. On the current track, UN Women puts it 300 years away. Women’s rights are being abused, threatened and violated around the world’.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres. 8 March 2023