February Newsletter: news, events and projects

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Please read this month’s opening letter from CEO, Julie Reilly OAM below and click through to read more about our current research projects, events, and advocacy.

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Dear friend

I hope 2024 has begun well for you and that you’re feeling energised and excited for the year ahead.

I am excited to present our Annual Report 2023, and enormously proud of all we have achieved in 2023, particularly in the role we played to build understanding and commitment, with philanthropic, corporate, and community leaders, to apply a gender lens to their giving and increase investment in women and girls. As you read the report, I hope you are inspired to envision what we can achieve together for a stronger society and a fairer future.

It is not by chance that this year’s theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) is Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress. With clear evidence that investing in women provides higher returns, whether in business or in philanthropy, we are here to  provide research, practical tools and resources for applying a gender lens to philanthropic practice. We are, as always, sharply focussed on supporting funders to maximise the impact of their generosity by giving through a gender lens.

To inform and support your giving in 2024 we will be delivering:

  • new resources to support a gender lens on philanthropic partnerships;
  • new compelling research including a follow up to the Deloitte Access Economics Breaking the Norm report and a new education resource for philanthropic boards and executive teams on the ‘why, what and how’ of gender-wise giving; and
  • a new advocacy kit to help supporters champion the benefits of investing in women and girls.

This year we are again teaming up with Philanthropy Australia (PA) to bring you the Eve Mahlab AO Gender-wise Philanthropy Award – see below for how you can nominate a brilliant funder. We are also working with PA on a deep dive into the findings of the Gender Compass alongside Plan International Australia, and we will be introducing our corporate gender lens resource to PA’s Corporate Peer Network alongside Champions of Change Coalition and MECCA M-Power.

With pro bono support from The Evolved Group we will again run our survey of the AFR’s ‘Top 50’ private and corporate philanthropists to get an updated snapshot of whether gender equity is a consideration in giving by Australia’s largest donors.

Our challenge this year is to expand our small but mighty team to ensure we continue to deliver value to the sector in our growing portfolio of research, resources and advocacy. If you or others you know are inspired to ‘invest in women and accelerate progress’ please consider investing in AIIW so that we can fully leverage the opportunities this critical IWD 2024 theme highlights. We’d love the opportunity to share our strategy and tactics with you – please get in touch.

We are mindful of the many issues facing Australian communities right now with cost of living pressures, climate disasters and the distressing realities and ripple effects of the ongoing conflict in Middle East, Ukraine, and other parts of the world. We firmly believe that investing in women, who are so often disproportionately impacted by these events and who bring diverse perspectives to the table, is critical to the development of solutions locally and globally. Please refer to our previous newsletter for links to trusted local and international organisations working in conflict and disaster aid.

Please read on for news, events and links to impactful projects to inspire more and better giving to women and girls. As always, we welcome your feedback and engagement with our work.

With sincere thanks and warm regards,

Julie Reilly, CEO of Australians Investing In Women

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