Welcome to the Southern Women's Action Network (SWAN) website.  

SWAN comprises over 200 members who live in the southern metropolitan suburbs of Melbourne and across the Mornington Peninsula. We advocate for social justice, promote active  involvement in the community by women and gender diverse people  and provide a forum for the discussion of social justice issues through regular Sunday meetings in Mount Martha. 

Book launch

Of all the things that SWAN has given to the hundreds of women who have met together, learnt together and taken action together, perhaps the most important is discovering that with their heads and their heart they can bring about change, in which lies the power of HOPE. (Judith Couacaud Graley in "When Women Meet: the History of SWAN", 2023).

SWAN membership is informal and new members are always welcome. If you would like to come to a meeting or receive information, please email swanwomen@outlook.com

SWAN has an open and inclusive approach to addressing the challenges facing the diversity of women in our community.  We recognise that the genderscape is under continual construction

SWAN aspires to be a supportive community for all self-identified cis* or transgender women and for those who self-identify as non-binary or gender non-conforming.   We are committed to encompassing greater gender diversity in our membership, practices, social justice actions and in the terminology that we use.

* cis:  a person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with the sex assigned to them at birth.


Protest against domestic violence

 SWAN acknowledges the Bunurong / Boon Wurrung people, the Traditional Custodians of these lands and waters where we meet. We pay our respects to Elders, past and present. In line with our commitment to social justice, SWAN unequivocally supports First Nations People in their campaigns for sovereignty, self-determination, treaties and truth-telling.