National Council of Women Victoria

STOP PRESS: NCWA Troubled Youth Forum

Date: Wednesday May 24, 2017
Venue: Parliament House Federation Room.
Host: David Southwick MP.
Time: arrive 5.30pm for 6pm—8pm
RSVP: Essential! COB 12 May. Free event.

UPCOMING EVENT: Mid-Term Conference 2017

Future Directions — Our Council Our Voice: Driving Cultural Change
Date: 14 - 16 June 2017
Venue: Rydges Capital Hill, 17 Canberra Avenue, Forrest, ACT 2603.

April - May 2017

Joining in the discussion on Troubled Youth!

NCW Victoria has been involved for over a century in advocating for the wellbeing of women, children and families and actively promoting the status of and respect for women.  A current concern is number of children placed in out of home State care and the numbers of young people engaged in anti-social behaviour.

The NCW Victoria ‘Troubled Youth Forum’ on Wednesday 24 May 2017 at the Parliament of Victoria aims to throw light on where and when systemic failures have occurred in the lives of children now appearing in the Victorian justice system. It seems society is failing some children.

What went wrong in the lives of these kids?  Are children in the justice system because of their lack of tender, loving family support or safe state care?

Many children in the Youth Justice System are impaired mentally. Do we know why? Do we know how many? Do we have processes for identifying young children at risk and creating suitable care and educational pathways for these children?  Children are not born criminals after all.

Janene Blanchfield Brown, President.

From the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: 
*The child shall enjoy special protection, and shall be given opportunities and facilities, by law and by other means, to enable him to develop physically, mentally, morally, spiritually and socially in a healthy and normal manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity.


Mission Statement

National Council of Women of Victoria, NCWV, is a non-party-political, non-sectarian, not-for-profit, umbrella organisation with broadly humanitarian and educational objectives. It seeks to raise the awareness of women as to their rights and responsibilities as citizens and encourages their participation in all aspects of community life.


Work for the empowerment of women and families and to promote equal status for women in law and fact.
Develop policies and responses on behalf of women on a state-wide basis.
Act as a voice on issues and concerns of women at state and regional levels.
Link with the women of Australia and the International Council of Women through the National Council of Women of Australia and contribute to the implementation of their plans of action and policies.


Our 2015 theme is 'Working together'

Who’s under our Umbrella?

National Council of Women of Victoria membership comprises organisations (affiliates), eligible organizations of women or men and women, and individual members approved by the Council.

>> List of organisations (affiliates)

NCWV Office Bearers and Committee 2016-17


Janene Blanchfield Brown

Vice President A

Elisabeth Newman

Vice President B

Guosheng Chen

Vice President C (Regional)

Mavis Lynch

Hon. Secretary / Public Officer

Gauri Kapoor

State Coordinator of Standing Committees

May Hu JP

Individual Members Group Convenor

Bronwyn Badham

Ordinary Members of Executive (5 places)

Sarah Morgan
Janet Park
Barbara Latham
Benjie Perryman
Yvette Wang

Immediate Past President 2015-16:

Sheila Byard OAM

Central Gippsland Branch President

Jan Baxter

Geelong Branch President

Janice Latham