Lots happening internationally this week, with articles from Africa, Central America and Afghanistan in this weeks’ round-up.
Around the Nation:
- Read this article on rape as a weapon of war, and what the law can do
- Read these thoughts from AWAVA Friend & Supporter,Women’s Legal Services NSW, on the implementation of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children
- Watch the film-clip from Palestinian hip-hop artists DAM, which looks at the issue of so-called honour-based violence against women (or ‘revenge’ violence)
- Marianne Mollmann from Amnesty International says Silence on Rape is the Biggest Obstacle to Prevention
- In Central America, women turned out in their thousands to raise awareness of, and protest against, violence against women
- UN Women announces $8 million of grants to local initiatives in 18 countries to end violence against women
- This article from Swaziland looks at the links between HIV/AIDS and gender-based-violence
- This article from Afghanistan looks at the potential impact of a recent court case where local police were found guilty of raping a woman
- In Uganda, there are calls for the laws put in place to protect women from violence and to hold perpetrators to account, to be enforced to help end violence against women
The Report on the Expert Group Meeting on the Prevention of Violence against Women and Girls, in the lead up to CSW57 is now available – click here
Still time! Save $100 with an early bird registrations for the National Rural Women’s Coalition inaugural conference in February 2013, Canberra closes 11 November, register now!
- 13 November: Red Rose Rally Campaign for funding the Victorian Systemic Review of Family Violence Deaths, Melbourne
- 11-14 November: Law Enforcement and Public Health Conference, Melbourne
- 14-16 November: The No To Violence conference, Melbourne
- 16 November: Women’s Council WA will be holding training Lessons from Pippi Longstocking – How Children and Young People Resist Violence and Oppression, West Perth
- 16 November: Telling it like it isn’t – Violence, Resistance and the Power in Language, Perth
- 20-21 November: First National Sexual and Reproductive Health Conference
- 21-23 November: Standing Firm for change: a journey to justice where community members, leaders, workers and policy makers will come together to confront the issues of family violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and identify strategies to improve access to justice and systemic change for Aboriginal victims/survivors of family violence
- 23 November 2012: Not1More/White Ribbon Day – White Ribbon Day activities in Melbourne include awareness-raising, White Ribbon Lunch, Walk Against Family Violence at 2pm, Not1more will be remembering victims of family violence and offering the opportunity for people to take the White Ribbon Oath in Federation Square, Melbourne
- 23 November: Annual Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March, Perth
- 26-28 November 2012: Pathways to Change Conference for practitioners and policy developers to explore practice responses to children and young people displaying Problem Sexualised Behaviour and Sexually Abusive Behaviour, Hobart. Register by 1 November for the early bird discount. Click here for Conference programs detailsInternational Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Events
- 27 November: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide film screening, panel discussion and launch of Jacqui True’s book, The Political Economy of Violence against Women. at UNSW, 6-8pm, to register: http://ahrcentrehalfthesky.eventbrite.com.au. The film screening is hosted by the Australian Human Rights Centre and the film addresses the linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality.
- 6 December: The Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse are hosting a symposium to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the 16 days of activism against gender violence; Damned Lies and Statistics: Understanding Gender and Violence Symposium with Dr Michael Flood and Dr Jane Wangmann will be held in Sydney
- Early Bird registration is open until 11 November for the National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC)’s inaugural Conference being held 18- 20 February 2013 in Canberra
- 21 March 2013: 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, . Find out more here
- Save the date: 28-30 April 2013 – The Australian Migrant and Refugee Women’s Alliance (AMaRWA) will be holding a 2 day national conference on the elimination of violence against culturally and linguistically diverse women, supported by AWAVA. Put it in your diary!
- ‘Miss Representation’ Screening Tour: Women in Film & Television (WIFT) NSW are planning a series of screenings of ‘Miss Representation’ across Australia in 2012/13. If you are interested in hosting a screening of this film in partnership with WIFT NSW please email them
- 4-15 March 2013: 57th Session of the Commission for the Status of Women (CSW57), New York, priority theme: Eliminating and prevention all forms of violence against women and girls