Southern Women's Group Inc.
The Southern Women's Group (SWG) is dynamic, hardworking, feminist organization with over 35 years’ experience empowering the women of the Bega Valley.
SWG actively focuses our energy on creating opportunities for disadvantaged women of all ages and backgrounds and campaigning for equality and the end of gender-based violence.
SWG was founded in 1984 by a group of women concerned with the lack of services available for women in the Bega region. In 1985, SWG first received a grant from the, then, NSW Department of Youth and Community Services to assist in the running of a Women's Resource Centre (WRC). The WRC has continued to be successful in its applications for funding from successive state governments – a reflection of its ongoing relevance and value to the people of the Bega Valley. Over the years of its operation WRC has evolved to meet the changing needs of the women we support while maintaining its commitment to empower women by providing information, support, referral, education and advocacy.
In early 2020 the SWG learned that it was successful in its most recent funding application to the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) and was awarded a 5yr contract under DCJ’s Targeted Earlier Intervention funding. This ensures that the WRC can continue its operations until the end of June 2025 and hopefully beyond.
SWG manages the Women’s Resource Centre (WRC) and the South Coast Womens Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service.
Become a SWG member!
SWG encourages volunteer effort in our services. We direct this unpaid time and energy into our services. SWG is supported by a wealth of dedicated volunteers who generously give their time to promote our aims. Women of all ages and backgrounds are invited and encouraged to become involved as members of the Southern Women's Group Inc. By becoming a member you support of our aims and objectives and show support for our services Women's Resource Centre and Far South Coast Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Scheme.
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