Suffragette ProtestorToday the six National Women’s Alliances launched their joint project, Priorities for Women 2013. Together the Alliances will be working to increase women’s political participation as enshrined in article 7 of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Using CEDAW as the framework, the Priorities for Women vision is for a truly inclusive electoral framework where the most marginalised and disadvantaged women are informed and empowered voters.

Priorities for Women is about recognising the enormous value of women’s votes. Our challenge to you is this:


  • Can you help to make this year’s election the election in which women truly matter?
  • Can you help to ensure that this election takes us a giant leap forward towards true implementation of the right to public and political participation?
  • Can you help us to make this the election in which women are truly counted?

Over the course of six months, the Alliances will be promoting a gendered understanding of national policy in a diverse range of areas. We hope that the next 6 months will cement these issues as priorities for women and, in doing so, encourage all women to participate more fully in political life.