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Society of Women Leaders


We are a community of committed women leaders and philanthropists who work together to advance the mission of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement by embracing and engaging women in our communities, across the country and around the world.

Our goal is to build a group of strong, dedicated women who share a social conscience and want to effect change. We act as advocates for the work of Red Cross through our support of the key programs we select, as well as by raising awareness of the work of the largest humanitarian organisation in the world.

To join our women leaders group, complete the pledge form and return by email. Interested in finding out more about Society of Women Leaders? Email us.

Women leading through philanthropy

More than 100 years ago, Lady Helen Munro Ferguson established Australian Red Cross by engaging talented, committed and compassionate women dedicated to a lifesaving mission. In 2014, her tradition continued when the Society of Women Leaders was formed to unite and engage a group of generous and highly involved women.

Our ethos

As a community of women leaders and philanthropists, we are committed to:

  • advancing the humanitarian mission of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
  • bringing together like-minded women who are making a difference
  • making a measurable impact on important issues facing our communities
  • improving the lives of vulnerable women, children, families and communities
  • building strategic alliances for change
  • lending our voice to the issues we believe in most
  • leading through philanthropy.

Connecting women leaders around International the world

The international Red Cross Society of Women Leaders is a global giving circle for women.

By engaging dynamic women from all backgrounds to create this powerful network, we come together to forge friendships and further the work of Red Cross and Red Crescent email.

Throughout the year, Members can choose to attend unique, informative briefings and events, both in Australia and in conjunction with international chapters USA, UK, Canada and The Netherlands.

Make a lasting, life-changing difference

Women are increasingly taking the initiative when it comes to philanthropy, both at home and through the workplace. Women not only want to see change, they want to be part of the catalyst to effect change. Around the world, Red Cross Society of Women Leaders gives women the opportunity to have this greater level of involvement in their giving.

From key Red Cross projects both in Australia and overseas, Society of Women Leaders Members pool their funds to support programs selected by the giving circle, and may choose to become personally involved with Red Cross staff and volunteers at a high level.

We invite you to join us.

You are invited to join in friendship with strong, like-minded women. Together, as part of an international network, we can continue a long legacy of women supporting Red Cross, helping people in need, no matter who they are or where they live.

Membership of the Society of Women Leaders begins with an annual gift of $10,000 to Australian Red Cross.

To join our women leaders group, complete the pledge form and return by email. Interested in finding out more about Society of Women Leaders? Email us.


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To join, complete the pledge form and return by email.

Interested in finding out more about Society of Women Leaders? Email us.

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