Welcome to the first AWAVA round-up for 2013! It’s set to be a busy year for AWAVA, and as always, we feel privileged to have our members and subscribers supporting us and our work every step of the way.

Our thoughts are with subscribers and members who have been affected by bushfires in NSW and Tasmania. We know that some of you have had tragic losses, or have had family members affected, and our hope for all of you is that you and yours are safe, and that your communities can make full recoveries.

In the news this week:

Around the Nation:


  • Most of you will have heard and read about the horrific sexual assault, rape and murder of a 23 year old woman in India, and the subsequent protests and demonstrations calling for change in India. This article looks at the domino effect this is having, as the protests spread into neighbouring countries, and more and more people demand an end to violence against women.

If you are looking for a way to help make a change in India, click here for the on-line petition

Get Involved!

A few ways you can get involved and make a difference

  • Register to be a speaker with the Association of Women Educators (AWE), members of AWAVA. This is a valuable opportunity for individuals and organisations to promote their work and it is expected that speakers and consultants will promote a gender justice perspective in line with the AWE philosophy and mission
  • Take the opportunity to comment on respectful relationships and gender equality programs in schools through the National Consultation for the Health and Physical Education Curriculum.  Details of the consultation are on the ACARA website: http://consultation.australiancurriculum.edu.au/.  The consultation closes on 18 April 2013
  • Entries are now open for the EVAs – eliminating violence against women media awards
  • Sign this online petition calling for gender justice in India. A second petition to strengthen sexual violence legislation and enforcement can be accessed here

Research, Reports and Resources

New Resources

Are you attending the Commission for the Status of Women this year (CSW57).  This is a must-read: click here to access JERA International’s Australian NGO Guide to the Commission for the Status of Women, funded by the Federal Office for Women

Upcoming Events


January 2013


  • 18- 20  February: The National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC)’s inaugural Conference being held  in Canberra.  You can get a discounted rate too – if you register 4 Gold delegates you get a free registration


  • 21 March: 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


  • 11-12 April: Registration is now open for the Child Aware Approaches Conference, Melbourne
  • 28-30 April: The Australian Migrant and Refugee Women’s Alliance (AMaRWA) will be holding a 2 day national conference: Stand Up!  Eliminating All Forms of Violence Against CALD Women, supported by AWAVA
  • ‘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