March 19th International Women's Day, Book Launch and Lunch

Sunday, 19 March 2023 at Mt Martha House

Speaker Jean Ker-Walsh, then the launch at 12 noon of "When Women Meet", a book currently being finalised which brings the history SWAN up to date and reflects on the impact of SWAN over more than 26 years,  followed by lunch to celebrate this important occasion. 


18 September 2022 AGM

Sunday, 18 September 2022 at Mt Martha House

Dr Diana Johns will address this meeting on "The criminalisation of children (how it happens and why it needs to stop)". 


17 July 2022 NAIDOC week

Sunday, 17 July 2022 at Zoom Link has been sent to members with emails. Please contact if you need the link and do not have it.

Stephanie Ross from the First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria will address SWAN on negotiations for a Treaty or Treaties which are expected to be implemented in 2023 and other initiatives of this Assembly.


May 15th

Sunday, 15 May 2022 at Mt Martha House

Speakers from Bayside Refugee Advocacy and Support Association


14th November 2021

Sunday, 14 November 2021 at Mt Eliza Community Hall, 90 - 100 Canadian Bay Rd, Mt Eliza unless Covid restrictions change

Speaker Fiona York, from Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG)


14 March 2021 IWD

Sunday, 14 March 2021 at Zoom

International Women's DayOur speaker/s will be Pia Cerveri and  Jodi Peskett         Pia Cerveri is a social worker who has worked in Australia and the United Kingdom and specialised in working with children and their families, youth justice and with women in the Victorian prison system. Pia is a longtime Australian Services Union member and is committed to achieving gender equity via many means, including through the collective power of the union movement. Pia was, until recently, the co-lead of the Women’s and Equality team at Victorian Trades Hall Council.  


8th November 2020

Sunday, 8 November 2020 at Zoom

Teela Reid will be our speaker for the postponed NAIDOC week meeting.   This meeting will be on 8th November as Teela is not available on 15th and the committee felt it was worth moving the meeting for this opportunity.Teela Reid is a proud Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman, a former teacher now criminal defence lawyer and most recently an award-winning junior fiction writer.  Teela is a passionate advocate for enshrining a First Nations Voice to Parliament in the Constitution and a Makarrata commission to enable Treaty and Truth-telling. She was a working group leader on section 51 (xxvi), the Race Power, in the constitutional dialogue process that underpinned the Uluru Statement From The Heart; an invitation issued to the Australian people on 26th May 2017.  Teela also appeared on ABC programs The Drum, 7.30 and Q&A, and has an active presence on Twitter (@teelareid) and is the co-creator of the Instagram page blackfulla_bookclub, a platform that honours First Nations Ancestors as the original storytellers. 


20th September 2020 AGM

Sunday, 20 September 2020 at Zoom

This meeting will be via Zoom.  Start at 10 am.  After the AGM and notices, we will have a couple of short addresses from members and then a chance to share news.


5th July 2020 - Cancelled

Sunday, 5 July 2020 at Mt Martha House, 466 Esplanade, Mt Martha

We had hoped to have Teela Reid as our speaker but NAIDOC week has been postponed and Covid-19 restrictions mean that the meeting must be cancelled.   We are hopefull Teela may be able to speak to our November meeting if  this can go ahead.


17th May 2020

Sunday, 17 May 2020 at Mt Martha House, 466 Esplanade, Mt Martha

Meeting Cancelled due to Covid-19


8th March 2020 IWD

Sunday, 8 March 2020 at Mt Martha House, 466 Esplanade, Mt Martha

 Commencing 9.30am with International Women’s Day special guest speaker, Shen Narayanasamy.   Celebrations extended to 3 pm for those who would like to stay. 


15th September 2019 Meeting

Sunday, 15 September 2019 at Mt Martha House Community Centre, 466 Esplanade, Mt Martha

Leonie Morgan AM wants to see more women in our Parliaments and in local government councils. Much of her work within Australia, in the Pacific and Asia over the past twenty five years has focussed on women political candidates, MPs and Councillors.  This work was acknowledged in 2017 when Leonie was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant services to women, in particular equitable political representation.


July 14th 2019 Meeting

Sunday, 14 July 2019 at Mt Martha House Community Centre, 466 Esplanade, Mt Martha

Our guest speaker for NAIDOC week will be Irene Fisher with support from Deb Mellett, Acting Senior Social Planner, Aboriginal Culture and Community Development for Mornington Peninsula Shire.


10th March 2019

Sunday, 10 March 2019 at Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Chamber. Corner of Queen and Vancouver streets. Mornington

Please join us in celebrating International Women's Day 2019. Our guest speaker will be Nyadol Nyuon.