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The Miranda Project is an innovative, gender specific approach to crime prevention targeting women with complex needs who are at risk of offending and re-offending. It aims to do this through the establishment of a holistic inclusive support service. Ann Symonds was instrumental in setting up the Miranda Project and worked passionately to support it right up until her death. The Miranda Project is managed by the Community Restorative Centre.
The Community Restorative Centre (CRC) provides a range of services to people involved in the criminal justice system and their families. CRC is the lead provider of specialist through care, post-release, and reintegration programs for people transitioning from prison into the community in NSW. All CRC programs aim to reduce crime and break entrenched cycles of disadvantage, offending and imprisonment.
For more than two decades the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) has set the agenda for women’s issues nationally and given weight to the collective voice of Australian women. Ann Symonds was a founding a member on the NFAW.
Today as the NFAW progresses the interests of women and maintains and makes accessible an extraordinary record of achievement, it keeps the aspirations of women alive to be handed on to new generations. ‘We speak in the circles that listen to and act on what we have to say.’
In particular the NFAW provide the only Gender Lens on the Federal Budget each year. NFAW began its annual Gender Lens on the Budget in 2014 in response to the manifest unfairness of that Budget. NFAW noted the disappearance from the Budget Papers of many of the tables which once allowed careful analysis of historical trends, and of the impacts of measures on individuals and family types.