About Women of Colour Australia

How it all began

Our Founder's Story

Women of Colour Australia (WoCA) was founded by Brenda Vertudes Gaddi (she/her), a first-generation migrant/settler from Manila, Philippines. Brenda has been building women-focused communities and championing women’s voices for over a decade.

Women of Colour Australia (WoCA) is a not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity established in August 2020. We are founded, led, and run by Women of Colour for Women of Colour. We exist to champion Australia’s Women of Colour through programs of education, community support initiatives, and advocacy work.

Our Vision

A world where Girls and Women of Colour are afforded equitable opportunities to reach their full potential.

Our Purpose

To advocate for, support, and strengthen the lives and experiences of Women of Colour in all places and spaces in Australia.

Our Focus & Values

EDUCATE > GROWTH

We EDUCATE ourselves and seek with purpose and intention opportunities for GROWTH 

SUPPORT > BELONGING

We SUPPORT each other to build a sense of BELONGING

ADVOCATE > COMMUNITY

We ADVOCATE for ourselves and for our COMMUNITY to drive change

Our Principles & Behaviours

We strive to create a safe and inclusive space

We share community and individual experiences to build a sense of belonging.

We advocate for professional and personal development

We will drive the agenda through lobbying for diversity, equity & inclusion policies, practices, programs, and beliefs that fully account for intersecting and overlapping identities.

We are productive and have measurable impact

We measure how our organisational initiatives increase people’s knowledge, skill, behavior, and ultimately opportunity. We use outcome-based metrics that allow us to drive return on investment.

We understand the best outcomes are achieved through partnership and collaboration

Championing the opportunities and experiences of Women of Colour is a co-owned agenda – its success is only as good as the support of the allies and existing bodies who will help to champion and actively commit to bridging gaps and collectively work to dismantling inequitable systems and structures.

ACKNOWLEGMENT OF COUNTRY

We acknowledge the Wallumattagal clan of the Darug nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which Women of Colour Australia is situated. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We acknowledge and honour the strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with whom we stand in solidarity. We acknowledge that as settlers on this stolen Aboriginal land, we are beneficiaries of the dispossession, genocide, and ongoing colonial violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We believe that it is our collective responsibility and moral imperative to help dismantle the systemic barriers and structural inequities oppressing the original inhabitants of this land. We are also painfully aware that this land was taken forcibly, without a Treaty or reparations made. We have taken a practical step towards honouring sovereignty by paying the rent – and we invite you to do so too. This land is and always will be Aboriginal land. Sovereignty was never ceded.

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