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Women of Colour Australia is a newly established non-profit organisation 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.

We are an Australian Public Company Limited by Guarantee. We are a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). We are working towards securing our DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient) status.

We are an emerging organisation, however, we have already established a credible network at the state and national levels. Our Ambassador Tasneem Chopra, OAM, is a leading cross-cultural consultant who addresses issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion across organisational leadership, including intersectionality within government, corporate, arts, and community sectors. 

Our Board is made up of women from diverse backgrounds, skills, talents, and lived experiences. Collectively, we bring a wealth of expertise and decades of experience in NFP leadership, advocacy, governance, community development, legal and human rights, policy and research, finance and accounting, project management, business development and sales, event management, communications and marketing.

In late 2020, in partnership with Murdoch University we developed and scoped a research project with the aim to provide contemporary data to better understand how women of colour experience the workplace. We want to offer a unique insight into some of the systemic obstacles women of colour face, and the prerequisites to improve their experiences in the workplace. Against a backdrop of well-known gender biases affecting women in Australia, our survey demonstrates that women of colour need opportunities to navigate the distinctive challenges at the intersection of gender and race. 

We have now completed the survey (responded by 543 women of colour, with 7% identifying as being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander). It painted a stark reality for women of colour in Australian workplaces, finding more than 60% have experienced some form of discrimination, including sexism, tokenism, and racism.

You can download a copy of the report here.

With your support, we can create initiatives by and for women of colour that account for the compounding barriers to unlocking and advancing their opportunities both within professional and personal levels. We will drive the agenda for women of colour through lobbying for an intersectional approach to diversity & inclusion policies, practices, programs, and beliefs.

Will you help us?

In solidarity,

Brenda Gaddi
Founder and Managing Director
Women of Colour Australia

We exist to champion Australia’s Women of Colour.

ORIGIN OF THE PHRASE "WOMEN OF COLOUR"

"Women of Color is not a biological designation. It is a solidarity definition. A commitment to work in collaboration with other oppressed women of color who have been minoritized. It is a term that has a lot of power." Loretta Ross
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WOMEN DEFINITION

Women - Transgender and cisgender, all those who experience or have experienced oppression as women, including non-binary and gender non-conforming people and all those who identify as women. Self-definition is at the discretion of the individual.
Definition credit: wire.org.au

ALLY DEFINITION

A - always centre the impacted
L - listen and learn from those who live in oppression
L - leverage your privilege
Y - yield the floor
*Mnemonic credit: Kayla Reed Executive Director ACTION St. Louis Follow Kayla Reed on Twitter @iKaylaReed

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WOMEN OF COLOUR LTD ACN 643 518 576 ABN 17 643 518 576 is an Australian Public Company Limited by Guarantee. We are a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

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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 to help dismantle the structural inequities and systemic barriers oppressing the original inhabitants of this land. This land is and always will be Aboriginal land. Sovereignty was never ceded.

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