Today as we celebrate International Women’s Day we are reminded of the many positive changes achieved through the relentless work of women activists, community-builders and trailblazers. Despite the continued gender inequality, patriarchy and violence inflicted upon women, girls and non-binary-identifying people all around the globe, we continue the diverse and evolving projects of feminism. We [...]
In celebration of Queensland Women’s Week True is holding Women Take the Lead, a series of webinars that will cover various topics ranging from trans healthcare, inter sexuality, arts, leadership and the challenges faced by members of LGBTQI communities.
The sexual assaults and harassment of women at festivals has been highlighted again after recent events including Summernats in Canberra and the Falls Festival in Tasmania. At these events, like others, assaults have occurred publicly and have been witnessed by bystanders, many of whom are not well prepared to respond constructively. For example, Guardian correspondent [...]
The need to ensure women’s access to safe and affordable abortion worldwide is once more in the spotlight. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has found that 88% of all abortions take place in developing regions where access is often restricted by law. Survivors of sexual and physical partner violence are twice as likely to have [...]
The UN Women National Committee Australia invites everyone to the celebration of the 2017 International Women’s Day events in March which will be held in 6 major cities around the country. For more information.
Domestic violence and poverty are the two leading causes of homelessness in Australia, while unaffordable housing continues to have a gendered impact. Women now make up the majority of specialist homelessness services clients, as well as the majority of public housing tenants and Commonwealth Rent Assistance recipients. In the Australian Capital Territory, homelessness services are [...]
Submission in response to the exposure draft of the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and other Measures) Bill 2017 (Cth) and corresponding Public Consultation Paper. 3 Feb 2017
AWAVA supports the intention of the draft Bill to strengthen the Family Law Act, and particularly the intention of enabling family law systems to better respond to and offer protection to victims/survivors of domestic, family and sexual violence. We agree there is value in the expansion of state and territory family law jurisdictions to enable [...]
Submission to the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences 27 January 2017
In our submission to the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences last 27th of January 2017, we highlighted the Australian Government’s legislative, policy and program responses to violence against women as well as the funding situation that puts women’s services in a state of uncertainty. We recognize that this is a [...]
Researchers, advocates and services are increasingly grappling with forms of intimate partner violence that do not fit the model of heterosexual domestic relationships. Yet recent work shows that significant gaps remain. Misogyny, patriarchal social structures, rigid gender norms and homophobia continue to create a violence-supportive culture that has particular implications for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, [...]