Street stall for CWA Awareness Week

Street stall for CWA Awareness Week

The Country Women’s Association has changed a lot over the years. These CWA ladies were photographed in 1933.

There will be a street stall run by the Country Women’s Association next Friday, September 15, as part of CWA Awareness Week, with money raised going to local schools.

The CWA sponsors scholarships for students at Tumut Public, Franklin Primary, McAuley Catholic Central, and Gadara, as well as Design and Technology students at Tumut High.

Tumut CWA’s Audrey McKenzie said that this year the organisation was aiming to highlight the changing face of families in the bush.

“The structure of and demands placed on families today have shifted significantly in recent years, and now more than ever families of all shapes and sizes need more support,” she said.

“As women who have raised and been part of supported families ourselves, we’ve observed just how much day-to-day life has changed in recent years, and what this means for families in terms of new and added pressures. Often, it’s women who are most effected by this.

“The CWA is raising awareness of, and helping to provide solutions for, a range of issues affecting women and families.”

This year’s CWA Awareness Week focuses on four areas: the rights of grandparents to be primary carers of their grandchildren; encouraging and advocating for rural and regional women in starting their own small business; advocating for greater financial literacy amongst rural and regional women; and building resilience amongst teenage girls in rural and regional NSW.

The CWA is the largest women’s organisation in Australia, with 8000 members in 400 branches in NSW and 44,000 members in 1855 branches nationwide. Awareness Week is held this week, from Saturday September 2 to Saturday September 9, but the local street stall will be held next Friday, September 15, in Wynyard Street.

A spokesperson for CWA of NSW said that the group had come a long way since its beginnings in 1922.

“The CWA was formed out of desperate need,” she said.

“Country women were fighting isolation and an appalling lack of health facilities and the constraints of a male-dominated society. These women realised they had nowhere else to turn but themselves – and the result was staggering.”