O.W.L’s – Older Women Lost to Housing
O.W.L’s that’s what 600,000 Australian women aged 45 and over are. We are hidden – and underrepresented a staggering number of Older Women Lost to Australian society. This crisis was created by a tragedy of commons. Secure, Affordable, Appropriate Housing is a basic human right.
Penny Leemhuis is a social activist and housing affordability advocate. Since 2014 Penny has represented Older Women at Risk of Housing Vulnerability. She advocates for equitable, systemic change for women in Australia. Particularly Penny focuses on secure, affordable housing for women over the age of 45.
Predominantly her work is focused on the social and economic inequities experienced by women. Her work raises awareness of the issues relating to lower wages, less superannuation, less time in the workforce, disability and inequities in relationship breakdown settlements that impact negatively on women in Australia.
Penny undertakes her advocacy by working independently and collaboratively with housing, community services organisations and equal rights organisations. A significant aspect of her work involves attending and presenting at forums and conferences.
Currently Penny is working towards secure affordable appropriate housing systemic policy change from government and community sectors.