In yet another short week this month, not a lot has crossed our virtual desks in relation to Violence Against Women – but importantly, the National Plan Implementation Panel (NPIP) has been announced and held its first meeting this week (26 and 27 April).

Picking up on last week’s final roundtables for the Special Rapporteur on violence against women’s study tour, AWAVA co-hosted a roundtable with Advisory Group member DV Vic, and VicHealth in Melbourne on 19 April.  AWAVA facilitated a survivor voices session with presentations from four women on what made a difference for them.  Their 3-minute speeches were really powerful and served as a great reminder that survivors need to be at the heart of discussions about service delivery and how we can prevent violence against women.  The last roundtable was on 20 April in Canberra, see AWAVA’s Twitter page for key messages.  We’ll be posting shortly about the study tour and will be creating a survivor voices page, keep an eye out.

At home:

  • The Minister for the Status of Women announces the first meeting and state and territory representatives for the National Plan Implementation Panel in this media release




New Resource!!

The UN has released a new e-learning course Managing Gender-Based-Violence in Emergencies

Upcoming Events

Still time to register

  • IWDA are screening The Lady, a film about the life of Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi around Australia on 27 and 30 April
  • Griffith University Domestic Violence Symposium on 3 May
  • Australia’s CEO Challenge and Minter Ellison are offering Specialist Training by Stephen Page on Family Law changes and their potential impacts on 14 and 15 May, in Brisbane
  • The Women’s Legal Centre ACT presents the Women and Justice Forum 16 May
  • Preventing and responding to violence against women: Issues, challenges and best practice to be held in Adelaide (South Australia) on 15 June 2012
  • Dont forget the Association of Women Educators conference being held in July 2012 – for details and registration click here
  • Violence Against Women Conference – Queensland on 7,8, 9 August 2012, in Brisbane
  • Australian Women’s Coalition is calling young women between 18 – 30 years who live, study or work in Auburn, Bankstown, Liverpool or Coffs Harbour NSW, or in Canberra, ACT to be a part of SHOUT!  A series of three free workshops will run in each location, complemented by an online network of support and skills-sharing and a local network of participants and AWC member organisations. The workshops will culminate in community events on Harmony Day next year, 21 March 2013. Find out more here