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100 reasonsNow that we have got your attention let’s share with you 100 reasons to apply for a grant that will help support women and girls.

Take a look at the photo, each one of these women has a story, some have stories about lack of safety, some inequality, some poverty, some domestic violence and some are too afraid to say.

Our aim at 100 Women is to provide three grants of up to $30,000 that will support a world where all women and girls can live safely with access to health, education and economic freedom.

The 100 Women Advisory Board and Grants Sub-committee are excited to announce that Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for our 2016 grants.

The EOI Form and Grant Guidelines can be downloaded here. Note EOIs need to be returned via email by Monday, 25 July 2016.

The Grants Sub-committee – consisting of 100 Women members – will then review all EOIs and make recommendations to invite a select number of eligible organisations to submit full grant applications.

The EOIs that are successful clearly outline a compelling project for a specific beneficiary group.  Evidence of the problem being addressed and why that organisation is the best-placed applicant is provided.  Additionally, it is well defined that the program or activity is built on stakeholder support and consultation and measures of change and outcomes are built in.

We encourage you to refer to the 2016 Grant Guidelines for more details.  If you have any questions, please email

Later in the year, all 100 Women members will be involved in a collective voting process to determine the three successful grant recipients.  An assessment summary will be provided about the grant finalists and members will be asked to have their say on where the money goes.

If you are not already a member, leverage your giving and become a high impact philanthropist by joining 100 Women today.

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Earlier this year the gender pay gap in Australia reached a record high of 18.8%.  Because of this, women are disproportionately affected by poverty and are more likely to retire into poverty.  Economic Empowerment was appropriately the focus of our most recent event on Thursday evening.

The evening got off to an uplifting start with MC, Andrea Burns, putting everyone into a positive mood.  100 Women’s chair and co-founder, Alicia Curtis, kept this momentum going with her passion about 100 Women and our achievements to date.  Alicia introduced Jayde Robinson-Clancey, Project Officer with Zonta House Refuge, to talk about how the $40,000 they received from our 2014 grants round has made an impact in the lives of the women they support.  Jayde spoke about how economic dependence is a major factor in women not being able to leave, or why they return to, an abusive relationship.  Zonta House’s Positive Pathways Program is helping women gain the confidence and skills they need to live independent, fulfilling lives.

Our keynote speaker, Sharon Warburton, spoke next.  Coinciding with the date of Doc and Marty McFly’s arrival into the future, Sharon made reference to a number of predictions the film got right, such as fingerprint identification and 3D movies, and noted that if the movie also mentioned gender pay equality that maybe this event wouldn’t have occurred.  But in some ways, we were happy it did because Sharon spoke with such passion, confidence and humour, briefly pausing to speak about a personal tragedy, that no doubt left everyone in the room immediately empowered and inspired to become trailblazers.  Sharon’s 4 key messages were:

INSPIRE – find someone inspiring to be a mentor, or become a mentor yourself, because you can’t be what you can’t see;


SUPPORT – support women as they are more likely to develop quicker, faster and stronger;


INVEST in women who may be doing it tough as they are most in need of help; and


PLAN for your financial future: a man is not a financial plan!

Lastly, 100 Women’s own Treasurer and founder of Consulting for Financial Empowerment, Grace Mugabe, brilliantly interviewed Steve Macdonald, Managing Director of Infinitas.  Whilst we don’t like to generalise, as investors, research tends to show that women are more conservative than men because they tend to use money not only to support them but also their family.  Comparatively, men tend to view investing like it’s a sport, there’s competition with winners and losers.

Steve spoke about an unconscious bias that sometimes occurs when women see financial advisors and advised it’s best to shop around for one that talks to you (and not just your partner) about your finances.

Steve also spoke about the value of women on boards and boards that have diversity tend to perform better.  He said investment is a vote in a world that you want and if you like money, invest in diversity because the current data reveals they will have the biggest returns.

The evening was poignantly closed with a statement from Grace who said that from the 27th October to the end of this year women are essentially working for free, showing the extent of the current gender pay gap.

If you attended on the night or have just finished reading this summary of it and anything that was said has ignited any action in you, now is the time to join and empower yourself and other women to be financially independent.  Click here to become a member or to find out more about mini-circles click here.  All memberships, new and renewing, made before the end of October will get the chance to access these great bonus offers:

BONUS 1: Complimentary Steel Heels Membership!

All current, new and renewing 100 Women members will receive career support and mentoring from Sharon Warburton’s Steel Heels mentoring initiative for 3 months.

BONUS 2: Be mentored by a philanthropist!

Members will go into a draw to receive a one hour mentoring session with one of local great leaders and philanthropists including Deanne Weir, David Flanagan, Erica Smyth, John Barrington, Rabia Siddique, and Maria Saraceni.

Thanks again to our event sponsor Infinitas and venue sponsor HLB Mann Judd for helping this event to occur.

Amethyst Duggan, Advisory Committee and Membership & Events Sub-Committee member.


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The Restore Rose program through the Global Development Group was awarded one of the 100 Women inaugural grants in November 2014. The grant of $14,400 was to provide a Restore Rose (silicone menstrual cup) to 4,800 women living in poverty in rural Cambodia along with classes on the hygienic use of the Roses, nutrition and food preparation.

Thus far 1,200 Roses have been distributed and another 5,000 are in production. The popularity of the Roses is seeing demand across the globe including from Kenya. The next scheduled classes in Cambodia are in September 2015.


Feedback thus far from women that have received the Roses has been very positive with no one purchasing alternative menstruation products. The financial savings for these women often living in extreme poverty, as a result of the free provision of the Rose, has meant that scarce money has been directed to food, clothing and medical needs.

A Restore Rose can provide for the menstruation needs of one person for ten years. This means no rubbish, no money required for alternative products, no toxic shock and more money for food, clothing and medical needs. If the cup is washed out in a bucket of water, it can then be used as a brilliant garden fertiliser.

You can read more about Restore One projects or Global Development Group by following the links:

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