• Entry type: Organisation
  • Entry ID: AWE0656

Catholic Women’s League Australia Inc.

(From 1928 – )
  • Occupation Social action organisation


The Catholic Women’s League Australia (CWLA) was established in 1975. It evolved from the Australian Council of Catholic Women, which began in 1928. Its major objectives are to enable women to participate more effectively in working for and building Christianity by promoting the spiritual, cultural, intellectual and social development of women. It aims to foster ecumenism and inter-faith dialogue and provides a national forum for the voice of the Catholic Women’s League Organisations in Australia.


The member organisations comprise CWL South Australia Inc., CWL Western Australia Inc., CWL Tasmania Inc., CWL Victoria/ Wagga Wagga, Inc., CWL Queensland Inc., CWL NSW Inc., and CWL Canberra/Goulburn Inc.

The CWLA is affiliated with the United Nations (UN) on a Roster Status. It is able to attend the UN meetings and conferences accredited to the UN as an observer. The CWLA conveys matters of social justice and issues relevant to women and the family to the Federal, State and Local levels of government.
It also works with the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations, National Council of Women, Commission for Australian Catholic Women and the Office of the Status of Women.


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    • Catholic Women's League Australia Inc. records

Related entries

  • Related Organisations
    • National Council of Women of Australia (1931 - )
  • Affiliated
    • Catholic Women's League Victoria/ Wagga Wagga (1916 - )
    • Catholic Women's League, Archdiocese of Sydney (1913 - )
    • Catholic Women's League, Tasmania Inc. (1941 - )
    • Catholic Women's League of Western Australia Inc. (1937 - )
    • Catholic Women's League State of Queensland Inc. (1975 - )
    • Catholic Women's League Australia, New South Wales Inc. (1913 - )