Sydney OWN runs a successful Older Women’s Right to Safety at Home forum leading to OWN’s involvement in a committee to explore resources for older women experiencing violence and abuse.
Bankstown Wellness expands to offer 27 different activities a week, attracting a diverse membership of women from non-English speaking backgrounds. The Illawarra SilvertOWNs perform at 22 events including the OWN State Conference.
OWN blossoms with more new branches opening. Southern Highlands OWN is launched with an emphasis on skill development. They form parody performance group WENCHes (Women Embracing New Challenges in Health) and perform at a wide range of events to raise awareness of health issues.
Wollondilly kicks off with a focus on exercise and local activism.
Sutherland OWN is formed with close links to the Wellness Centre. The group is active with social issues, such as domestic violence and Aboriginal rights and promoting social cohesion through involvement in Harmony Day.
History is herstory too.