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    CWA's century of change
    Cultural and Social

    CWA's century of change


    Organised by the Country Women's Association, the occasion was breathlessly described in the Braidwood Review and District Advocate newspaper in July 1933, the Camden Advertiser reports.

    "All patrons agreed that they had received more than value for their admission fee of two shillings," the report said.

    The night was a fundraiser for the needy, including a local man and his three children who had lost their possessions in a house fire.

    Now known for serving fluffy scones with jam and cream at community events, the CWA has used country charm to become a formidable force for good in rural Australia.

    "Tea and scones are an integral part of the association," says NSW president Stephanie Stanhope.

    "Through money we raise, we're able to do so much advocacy. Scones are an opening to get people talking."

    The NSW CWA held its centenary conference in Sydney last month, staying true to its socially-minded traditions.

    Members were to decide whether to advocate for more funding for women's refuges, better sex education in schools, greater access to endometriosis treatment and obstetrics services, and affordable housing for older women.

    Backing action on climate change, supporting the Uluru Statement from the Heart and raising the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 are also up for discussion.

    "The role of the CWA hasn't really changed much in 100 years," Ms Stanhope told AAP.

    "It was founded to stop the flow away from regional areas and improve conditions in remote areas, and that's still the case.

    "It's what's important to women and their communities."


    The CWA's century of charm and change (Camden Advertiser)


    Country Women's Association of NSW