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IAWN Contact: Revd Gillian Moses


IAWN Provincial Link Ann Skamp reports for the Anglican Church of Australia 2012






Women's issues and concerns

  • Openness to be able to answer call as bishop
  • Women's presence and voices in decision-making bodies
  • Homosexuality
  • Violence
  • Wage gap at higher executive level positions
  • Greater proportion of women in casual or part time employment.

Women in decision making

Women are able to sit on all decision-making bodies at all levels of the Church, however their representation on these bodies is not consistent and is rarely representative. There is an over-representation of women at some levels of the church, particularly parish groups, and under-representation at diocesan and national levels. Some dioceses have better representation than others.
The Women's commission is working on gathering data to show the extent of the problem.

Ordination of women

Priests: General Synod passed an ordinance to allow ordination of women as Priests in 1994. The first women were ordained in 1994.
Bishops: The Appellate Tribunal ruled it was legal to ordain women as Bishops in 2007.

Activities related to MDGs and Beijing Platform for Action

Mothers' Union and Anglicare support/run programs that directly impact on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA), though they are not always explicit in their work.
Anglican Board of Mission (ABM) has the MDGs as central to its development work.

Women's organizations

(Italics = organizations that work on all MDGs)
Church: General Synod Women's Commission (equivalent of women's desk), Mothers' Union, Anglican Women Australia, (Anglicare) 
Secular: White Ribbon Foundation (elimination of violence against women), UNIFEM, Office for Women (Australian Government), YWCA