National Foundation for Australian Women is an independent feminist organisation that carries a voice outside of party politics and an ability to function on a broad national basis.
It forms partnerships with other women’s organisations to connect and amplify important messages around societal issues affecting women in Australia. It is a dynamic multicultural voice for all women, crossing social and societal boundaries with respect for elders past and
NFAW demonstrates a strategic vision for:
1. Ensuring that the aims and ideals of the women’s movement and its collective wisdom are handed on to new generations of women.
2. Advancing and protecting the interests of Australian women in all spheres, including intellectual, cultural, political, social, economic, legal, industrial and domestic.
*These are set out more fully in Clause 1 of the Constitution of NFAW Ltd.
The National Foundation for Australian Women was founded by Pamela Denoon (1942–1988), a campaigner for women’s rights and National Coordinator of the Women’s Electoral Lobby1982–1984. She was supported by a group of dedicated feminists who looked to establish a durable body to administer funds to promote the ideas and policies of the women’s movement in Australia in the future.
By the time of Pamela’s death in September 1988, the idea of the NFAW—as a body focusing on research, policy formation and communication—had been formed, and set up with $50,000 bequest by Pamela. A further $50,000 was set aside and dedicated to the Pamela Denoon Trust for special projects.
The National Foundation for Australian Women was officially launched in Canberra on 1 July 1989.