November 25th, 2020
The Australian Women Donors Network has announced a new name: Australians Investing in Women (AIIW) and a new motto: 'empowering giving for a fairer future' aimed at ensuring more Australians have an intentional focus on women and girls in their giving.
“With our new name, we want to invite all funders and social investors across the country who believe in the importance of empowering women and girls to join us in ensuring a strategic focus on women and girls in the practice of philanthropy and social investment,” Ms Mostyn said.
CEO of AIIW, Julie Reilly, said the new name and motto have been selected for their direct clarification and strategic alignment to the organisation’s ambitious future.
“For more than a decade, the Australian Women Donors Network has advocated for increased investment in women and girls, and for a gender lens across philanthropy, but our name hasn’t accurately expressed who we are or what we do…. and, perhaps it’s confused some people into thinking we only want women to invest in women and girls,” Ms Reilly said.
“Together we can channel our commitment into effective, measurable action by ensuring a intentional focus on women and girls in the practice of philanthropy and social investment. We’re excited to have you beside us as we evolve and rise to meet our potential. Our new name and tagline are just the beginning…”
The announcement of the new name and motto comes at a critical time for investing in women, with the events of 2020 having amplified the criticality of investing in women and girls and advocating and educating to ensure that their needs and circumstances are central to philanthropic practice.
While the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has spared few Australians, evidence shows women have borne the brunt of job losses as well as housework and helping children with remote learning.
Recovery plans initiated by the philanthropic sector need to apply a gender lens or risk failing women further according to Jay Weatherill, who now leads Minderoo Foundation’s Thrive by Five initiative.
“If we are to achieve the best possible start to life for children, we must design an early childhood system that works for women who, for the most part, continue to shoulder the majority of caring responsibilities,” said Mr Weatherill.
You can visit AIIW’s new website, learn more about gender-wise giving and download resources at: https://www.aiiw.org.au/