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In partnership with Riverbend Books, we are delighted to announce that our next event will be An evening with Sarah Wilson, who will speak with Rebecca Sparrow about her powerful new book – First, we Make the Beast Beautiful.

Sarah Wilson – entrepreneur, intrepid solver of problems and investigator of how to live a better life – has helped over 650,000 people across the world to quit sugar. She has also been an anxiety sufferer her whole life.

In her new book, she directs her intense focus and fierce investigatory skills into this lifetime companion of hers, looking at the triggers and treatments, the fashions and fads. She reads widely and interviews fellow sufferers, mental health experts, philosophers, and even the Dalai Lama, processing all she learns through the prism of her own experiences.

Practical and poetic, wise and funny, this is a book with a big heart. It will encourage the myriad sufferers of the world’s most common mental illness to feel not just better about their condition, but delighted by the possibilities it offers for a richer, fuller life.

Join us for what promises to be an inspiring and powerful night!

When: Thursday 18th of May, 6:30pm
Where: Lourdes Hill College. 86 Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne QLD
RSVP: Please book through the Riverbend Books Website:
Riverbend Books – Sarah Wilson

* Please note: This book deals with sensitive issues such as miscarriage and suicide. We recommend this event for ages 16+ at parental discretion.

We look forward to seeing you there!

** A percentage of all ticket sales will be donated to the WOW Festival 2018.

QRRRWN’s Strong Women Leadership Awards program exists to identify, acknowledge and applaud the leadership strengths of Queensland rural, regional and remote women.

It recognises the women who are the invisible threads holding their local communities together and connecting them with the wider world. There are also several categories specifically focused on younger women, those still emerging and developing their leadership interests and capacities.

Last year’s winner in the business category, Julie Brown of Coola Cozzies, says ‘I started Coola Cozzies because Queensland has the highest rate of melanoma in the world. There was a huge gap in the market for sun-safe swimwear as so many of us are self-conscious when it comes to getting into swimwear. My aim is for Coola Cozzies to help people feel more confident to get into the water and help avoid a melanoma.’

QRRRWN President Alison Mobbs says, ‘Entering an award might seem daunting but the SWLA program is built around a series of personal and professional development webinars and opportunities, helping participants to articulate their contributions so that they are more fully visible, recognised and valued. It is an important opportunity for such women and girls to connect with others like themselves and has a legacy of creating networks that strengthen and empower our regions. Past entrants and winners have frequently gone on to contribute in ways that are really transforming our regional and rural business and social landscape.’

Key Dates

  • Nominations open Wednesday 3rd of May 2017
  • Award entries close Thursday 20th of July 2017
  • Finalists announced Monday 4th of September 2017
  • Winners announced on Friday 20th of October at QRRRWN Annual Conference in Emerald

Click HERE to nominate online for all awards

Prospective applicants can read more about the award categories at the QRRRWN website; they look forward to receiving your applications and hope to see you at the 2017 QRRRWN Conference in Emerald 19-21st of October.

2016 Strong Women Award Winners

Get Involved – Help Shape the Queensland Government’s Gender Analysis Toolkit

The Office for Women and Domestic Violence Reform is undertaking an online survey to seek feedback around areas for improving the Gender Analysis Toolkit.

The Queensland Government is committed to achieving gender equality and have developed a Queensland Women’s Strategy 2016-21.  The strategy and Community Implementation Plan includes an initiative to create user-friendly online resources and a toolkit that all government and non-government organisations can access to support better gender analysis.

Gender analysis is an essential tool for gender considered policies, programs and services. Applying a ‘gender lens’ can help identify the different conditions that women and men face and the different effects that policies and programs may have on them because of their situations.

The updated Gender Analysis Toolkit is intended for wider use by the whole-of-Queensland community — government, businesses, community organisations and individuals to undertake gender analysis in the development of policy, programs and service delivery.

We encourage you to complete the survey and tell the Queensland Government how the Toolkit can be updated and improved.

You can access the survey by visiting this LINK.

More Information

Ask a question or send your comments:
Address: GPO Box 806, Brisbane QLD 4001
Phone: Women’s Infolink on 1800 177 577 (Free-call statewide service), Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm

As part of the World Science Festival program there is a great opportunity for women, particularly young girls to be inspired and hear first-hand what can be achieved by attending the UNDER THE MICROSCOPE EVENT.

Accompanying the UNDER THE MICROSCOPE EVENT are the WOMEN IN STEM AWARDS. If you would like to vote for the People’s Choice Award and check out our inspiring Queensland Scientist femmes, follow this link;
Vote for your favorite woman in STEM!

The head on over to QPAC and book tickets to attend the ceremony and discussion at UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: PIONEERING WOMEN IN SCIENCE EVENT

WOW Brisbane speaker Michelle Law presents ‘Single Asian Female’ at La Boite Theatre from 11 February – 4 March

‘Single Asian Female’ is an incisive new comedy skewering race and gender in contemporary Australia from Brisbane-based award winning writer Michelle Law. Step into the after-hours of a suburban Chinese restaurant and meet a family of whip smart women who are definitely talking about you in their native tongue.

Download show program here

Show Duration is 2.5 hours, including an interval.

Set on the Sunshine Coast this hilarious play answers what it means to be an Asian woman living in Australia.

For Pearl, a Chinese migrant operating a restaurant, it means sacrifice and struggling to connect with her very westernised children.

For Zoe, the eldest child, it means approaching a crossroads in her life where she’s forced to choose between a career and a family.

For Mei, the youngest child, it means being bullied at school and grappling with the desire to assimilate versus cultivating a unique identity.

Two sisters at odds with each other and a mother harboring a secret that threatens to tear her family apart, Australian domesticity like you’ve never seen it before.

This work was developed with the assistance of the Lotus Playwriting Project, an initiative of Playwriting Australia and Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (formerly Performance 4a)


Brisbane based non-profit company Of One Mind Ltd develops and supports cultural projects which address key social issues.  Currently, we are working on the development and delivery of WOW (Women of the World) Commonwealth Festival in Brisbane in 2018.

We are seeking an intelligent, capable, hard-working administrator to be the anchor for the small team working on this exciting project.  As a company, we value diversity in all its forms, and seek to work with and employ people from all backgrounds.

Please download the Position Description HERE.

Applications Close 5pm Friday 17 February

To apply, please send a resume that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the position to

Please direct all enquiries to Jordin at Positive Solutions:
Or phone: (07) 3891 3872

2017 Queensland Women in STEM Prize

Are you working in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics field? Do you identify as a woman?

The World Science Festival Brisbane, and the Queensland Government’s Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist and Office for Women and are proud to present the 2017 Women in STEM prize.

Two cash prizes of $5,000 are available.

The aim of the competition is to showcase inspiring females working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers whose practice aligns with Queensland’s Science and Research Priorities and has the potential to benefit Queensland.

The 2017 Women in STEM prize will also identify those female STEM professionals who are not only making a positive to contribution to their individual field, but are also engaging with and communicating their practice to a broader community.


Competition closes 17 February

FREE Communication Training

Women interested in entering the competition and further developing their communication skills are invited to register for a FREE communication  training session.

Training Session Details:

Date: Monday 30 January 2016

Time: 9 am – 4.30 pm, includes morning & afternoon tea and lunch

Location: Auditorium, 111 George Street Brisbane

Dress: Casual

Register: Please register HERE to secure your place (places are limited)

Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) is hosting WOW Melbourne 2017 from Thursday 23 March – Saturday 25 March 2017.  There’s a number of ways that you can get involved

WOW Marketplace

WOW Marketplace will be a central meeting point where people can gather, get information, be inspired, do some shopping and network. It will be home to a range of the most creative work by designers, artists and makers, showcasing the innovation of local artists and businesses with a focus on sustainable and ethically-sourced products. It’s also a place to get information about and connect with vital services available for women.

If you’re a service provider, business owner or creative, and interested in holding a stall at the WOW Marketplace during the Festival, get in contact.


Footscray Community Arts Centre are looking for volunteers to help with the smooth delivery of WOW Melbourne from 23 – 25 March and in the lead up to the event. Volunteers will gain great skills and experience, assisting with a range of activities including the Creative and Cultural Program of workshops and performances, the Conversations Program through artist and speaker liaison, and across the three days as a point of information and helpful, friendly face.

Apply now

WOW Content Marketing Intern

WOW Content Marketing Intern is a terrific opportunity for someone who has a knack and love for writing, sourcing and collating compelling content. The WOW Content Marketing Intern, under the guidance and direction of the FCAC Marketing team, will coordinate a content plan and manage the collation and production of the WOW blog and other supporting platforms.

View the Position Description and apply now

Queensland Women: Be involved. Lead the way

In 2017 Queensland Women’s Week celebrations will be held from 6 to 12 March, and will include a state-wide series of events and activities.

The theme for the week is: Queensland Women: Be involved. Lead the way.

This theme encourages women and girls to participate, and pursue leadership roles, in their community and workplace.

Organisations are encouraged to apply for grants to deliver activities and events across Queensland’s urban, rural, regional and remote communities during Women’s Week 2017.

The Queensland Government are working with YWCA Queensland to deliver grants for events and activities that align with the theme and recognise and celebrate the achievements of all Queensland women.

Applications are now open for grants of up to $3,000.

A total of $150,000 funding is available.

Funded events and activities should offer opportunities for Queenslanders of all ages and linguistic and cultural backgrounds to join together in celebration.

For more information on eligible projects, please read the Grant Guidelines.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 6 January 2017.

2017 Queensland Women’s Week Grants

Applications are open for one-off funding of up to $3,000 (GST exclusive) to deliver events, projects or activities during Queensland Women’s Week 2017, from 6 to 12 March.

Applications are invited for events, project and activities that aim to:

  • celebrate the achievements of women and girls
  • empower and inspire Queensland women and girls to participate in, and pursue, leadership positions in their community and workplace
  • raise community awareness of the benefits of having women in decision-making positions.

Applications close 5pm Friday 6 January 2017.

Visit SmartyGrants to submit your application.

For more information about the grants, contact YWCA Queensland between 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday (except on public holidays) on 0419 006 339 or email

YWCA Queensland is administering the Queensland Women’s Week grants on behalf of the Queensland Government.

For more information

Phone: 0419 006 339

Women of the World Festival Melbourne

Women of the World Festival Melbourne is a three-day festival of critical conversations, music, film and performance, celebrating women and taking an in-depth look at the remaining challenges to gender equality, to be held at Footscray Community Arts Centre from Thursday 23 March – Saturday 25 March 2017.

With Footscray Community Arts Centre being home to many international communities with both local and global contexts, WOW Melbourne will mirror this diversity in all of its intersections across themes, challenges and celebrations.

It is our great pleasure to release program highlights ahead of a full program launch in February 2017.

WHEN: Thursday 23 March – Saturday 25 March 2017
Earlybird 3-day Festival Pass: $280 full / $220 concession (available until 17 January 2017)
Full 3-day Festival Pass: $320 full / $220 concession

Single-day tickets will also be available. Please email to register your interest.

*Please note this ticket price does not include food or beverages.



The WOW Melbourne Keynote & Conversations program brings together activists, writers, artists and educators who are changing the conversations in their fields. Starting the day with a keynote address by leading Indigenous women, we will explore different ways to frame our conversation.

We are pleased to share that we will be joined by Paola BallaElaine Brown, Tania CañasMargaret Harvey, Maria Katsonis, Jerril Rechter, Sadaf Saaz and Zenith Virago, with more to be announced.

Read more about the speakers here.

WOW Bites

Each WOW Bite features six everyday women from all walks of life sharing their ideas and experiences, uncovering their incredible lives, in short bursts of six minutes each.

WOW Speed Mentoring

Take 15 minutes and ask the questions that fuel your passion! Leading women in their fields talk one-on-one with participants to delve into the questions of lifetimes. Featuring leaders with invaluable experience and generosity, across business, health, education, the arts and industry.


WOW isn’t just about conversations, you can also expect to be immersed in thought-provoking performances, interactive workshops, pop-up performances, film screenings, exhibitions, markets and much more.

Women, Art & Politics

A collaboration between South Asian, South East Asian and Australian women artists and activists.

Mum Is The Medicine

FCAC’s Indigenous Cultural Program has developed an exciting new program for mothers who are also artists, as part of WOW Melbourne.

WOW Closing Party

A free outdoor concert celebrating the diversity and brilliance of female musicians from the local to the global stage closes WOW Melbourne 2017, with a focus on artists who drive social change through their music. Confirmed acts include Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Black Sistaz and Sugar Fed Leopards.

One Night Stanza

Returning in its fifth year and featuring an all female line up for this special WOW Melbourne edition.

Blood, Sex & Tears

An intimate sound installation. Part conversational, part confessional, all real life. A Blood, Sex & Tears caravan will be parked at WOW Melbourne, collecting and presenting your stories throughout the Festival.


Devised and directed by award-winning image-based theatre-maker Jessica WilsonPassenger is a theatre work which places its audience inside a moving suburban bus. A conversation is heard onboard and – as we gaze at the passing world outside – we find ourselves affected in our ‘seeking’.

Weaving Country

Curated by Vicki Couzens and Hannah Presley this exhibition is a celebration of the remarkable unbroken practice of weaving and fibre craft in Victoria.

Ngeerang Ngart Kakay

Bronwyn Razem’s practice involves an exploration of her Indigenous heritage and identity. In this work she uses traditional techniques in a contemporary art setting, celebrating language, family and renewal.

WOW Marketplace

WOW Marketplace is home to a range of the most creative work by local designers, artists and makers, showcasing the innovation of local businesses and Festival partners. It’s a central meeting point where people can gather, get information, be inspired, do some shopping and network.

WOW Café

A lush and inviting pop-up venue on the lawns of FCAC, WOW Café will feature a free-to-the-public curated program of WOW Melbourne highlights, including streamed keynotes, talks and performances, and refreshments. It’s a free daily taste of WOW Melbourne for everyone.

Alanna Bastin-Byrne and Jade Collins, Founders Femeconomy

Want to be part of an economic revolution designed to benefit women and girls everywhere? Read on…..

Women still have a long way to go to be equally represented at the top of Australian – and global – business world – according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2016, Australians have 170 years to wait before we reach gender equality.

If you – like most of us – are tired of waiting, and want to take action to speed up the rate of change, then there is good news. Thanks to Femeconomy, the brain child of two creative and determined Australian women, you can now find out which companies are owned and led by women, and you can direct your buying power to them.

The clever women who made this happen are Alanna Bastin-Byrne and Jade Collins. Why are they doing it? The simplest and most human motivation there is: they want to make a better world for their daughters.

Like most powerful ideas, the core concept is simple. Women make 85% of the purchasing decisions in our country. If we can use our purchasing power to buy from companies that support women in leadership positions, we can recognise their good example, give them an edge in business, and ultimately, influence other companies to follow suit.

And guess what – it’s not just about social justice: having women in leadership roles enhances profitability. The Femeconomy team quote research from the Peterson Institute of International Economics, which shows that going from having no women in corporate leadership to a 30% female share translates to a 15% increase in profitability for a typical firm.

Hop over to, read about some of the inspiring women leading the corporate world, and see how you can use your purchasing power to make the change you want to see in the world.

Join Femeconomy’s conversation on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.


Thank you

We would like to thank everyone who came to WOW Katherine 2016 and made the festival such an amazing success.  It was three days full of inspiration, incredible fun but also very important conversations.


See all the photographs on the WOW Katherine Facebook page.



This week, we are delighted to hear the news that Mojgan Shamsalipoor has been freed after almost two years in immigration detention in Darwin. Mojgan was actively involved in WOW Brisbane while at Yeronga State High School, before being removed to the facility. The extended community support, which resulted in a national campaign calling for her release, has helped achieve this outcome – a three month bridging visa which will allow her to work and study. We will continue to follow her path and welcome her back into the community.

CLICK HERE to read the Guardian Article and HERE for the story on ABC


Camille Serisier’s ‘Ladies of Oz’

Exhibition Opening Saturday, September 10.

Serisier delves into the archives for her upcoming exhibition ‘Ladies of Oz’. Intersecting art and women’s history ‘Ladies of Oz’ uncovers the lives and stories of four Australian women from the 19th century: Nina Eva Vida Jones (1882 – 1966), Alice Nicklin (1870-1951), Liela Perry (1868 – 1920), and Catherine Helen Spence (1825 – 1910). With the accessibility of information at the heart of the project, an edition of posters feature biographies on each respective woman, while short films bring their stories to life.

September 10 to October 22, 2016.

255 Gregory Terrace (entry via Union St), Spring Hill QLD 4000




6:00pm   Refreshments and exhibition preview
6:15pm    Cinematic Premiere Short Films by Camille Serisier
Exhibition Opening 6:30 till 8pm

More works will become available September 10.
We look forward to seeing you this Saturday at SGAR!


The Women of the World Festival (WOW) is a global festival that celebrates the formidable strength and inventiveness of girls and women.

For the third time WOW will return to Katherine from the 16th – 18th of September.  Registrations are now open!

This wonderful event will bring the community together for a weekend of speaker’s panels, mentoring, workshops, entertainment and fun!

The WOW Program of events will be released later this month

To register visit:, Phone: 08 8972 3751, or  Follow WOW on Facebook for all of the latest WOW updates

2016 will be the third year of the Women, Art, and Politics program at the Footscray Community Arts Centre. Come and celebrate the voices and experiences of young people from Footscray City College and Gilmore Girls, who will lead the discussion about contemporary feminism. This year’s program features the symposium, and the opening of the Women, Art and Politics exhibitions.

The pay-it-forward model of ticketing for the Women, Art, and Politics Symposium is a way for women to support each other to attend this event, and contributes to the longevity of the program. We invite you to purchase an additional ticket through this means to support a diverse participation in the symposium here

Women, Art and Politics 2016 will also inform the development of WOW – Women of the World Festival – Melbourne in 2017. Save the date: 23 – 25 March 2017.

The exhibitions opening as part of this program are free to attend.To attend the exhibitions only, please RSVP directly to Morgan Brady via

In celebration of Queensland Women’s Week, we are thrilled to share a selection of recordings from WOW Brisbane 2015 with you.

We will be releasing a couple of recordings each day in early March 2016.

Go to our Recordings page for a list of the sessions available to stream/download – more to be added soon!

On International Women’s Day, the regional Northern Territory town of Katherine will celebrate with an afternoon tea and ‘Think-in‘ for the WOW Katherine 2016.

WOW Katherine 2016 will take place from 16-18 September 2016 at the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre.

International Women’s Day: Think In for WOW Katherine 2016
Tuesday 8 March
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Click here for more information

It is with great pleasure that we share with you a selection of photos from WOW Brisbane 2015, highlighting the inspiration, energy and laughter this event created.

Click on the links below to view images from:

We are hoping to bring video clips to you soon. Stay tuned!


A huge “Thank You” for the support and contribution of the Brisbane community to the first Brisbane Women of the World Festival.

It was wonderful to have so many people participate in and embrace so whole-heartedly the Festival in Brisbane.

We hope you were engaged, challenged and inspired by what you saw and experienced over the three days of WOW.

We are having a couple of days off to recover, but first wanted to say “Thank You” – we hope your involvement was as much a source of inspiration for you,
as it was for us.

The WOW Team

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