Tertiary Women's Focus Group

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The Tertiary Women's Focus Group is the women’s caucus of the New Zealand Union of Students Associations. They are a collective of past and present women on student’s association executives from tertiary institutions around the country who set women’s policy and run women focussed campaigns and events such as No Diet Day, and Thursdays in Black.[1]

History

The first Tertiary-based women's rights organisation was named the "Women's Rights Action Coalition" (WRAC) and was founded in the 1970's. This group gave way to the Women's Action Coalition in the 1980's. In the early 1990's, the University Women's Information Network took over. The Women's Education Coalition Aotearoa was next on the scene in the late 90's. The Tertiary Women's Focus Group was founded in 2000 and is the current women’s caucus of the New Zealand Union of Students Associations.[1]

Picketing FLI Conference

On July 18, 1977, the Women's Education Coalition Aotearoa was one of the groups which helped to organize a protest outside the venue of the the 1997 Family Life International convention in Christchurch. The protest was attended by "over 40 supporters of the rights of women and gays and lesbians". The protesters chanted "Pro-life, your life's a lie, you don't care if women die."

Ruth Gray, a member of the Engineers Union, in Christchurch wrote an article about the protest. Ellen Murray, a representative of Women's Education Coalition Aotearoa attended the protest.[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 NZUSA website: TWFG (accessed on 26 July, 2010)
  2. The Militant: New Zealand: Protest Answers Rightist Group, 25 August 1997 (accessed on 26 July, 2010)