Wednesday, September 17, 2008 10:24 AM
Featured Community Voice: What Women Want (Australia)
Justine Caines is the founder and leader of the first Australian women's political party, What Women Want (Australia). Created to reform childbirth and maternity healthcare, the party fielded 18 candidates in the 2007 elections and garnered 60,000 votes. Although they did not win, the women were satisfied with their results. Today, they are preparing for the upcoming elections by working on projects that promote women's rights. They have already tasted success: After nine years of campaigning, the Australian government agreed last month to consider funding midwives.