Australian Women’s Archives Program
The Australian Women’s Archives Program (AWAP) was established in 1999 to build knowledge and recognition of the social, cultural, historical and economic contribution made by Australian women to public and private life. A collaborative initiative from inception (between the University of Melbourne and the National Foundation for Australian Women) it encourages partnerships between academics, archive professionals and cultural and community organisations to publish authoritative research about women.
Key to the AWAP strategy is the online guide to Australian women and their records, The Australian Women’s Register website. The Register is Australia’s premier, online, archival resource (published quarterly ISSN- 207-3124) dedicated to supporting the discovery, promotion and preservation of the diverse stories of Australian women, past and present.
The Australian Women’s Archives Program exists to:
- Conduct original research and compile information about women’s history
- Make that information available on the web through the Australian Women’s Register
- Encourage Australian women and women’s organisations to preserve their stories by depositing their records in archives and libraries for the use of further generations
- Shape attitudes about women and support policy that seeks to improve social equity
- Close the gender data gap to create a gender equal future through woman-centred Humanities and Social Science research
- Maintain and strengthen its links with grassroots feminist organisations