Good to have you all back again for another weekly round-up! Quite a bit in the news this week, both nationally and internationally, as well as a new event or two for you to check out. Enjoy!

Around the nation

  • Safe at Home, Safe at Work project run by the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearance will be appearing at Human Rights & Anti-Discrimination Bill Senate Hearing on 23 January, AWAVA endorsed the ADFVC submission and will jointly present at the hearing lobbying for the inclusion of the status of being a domestic violence victim/survivor as a protected attribute in the consolidated anti-discrimination laws
  • New funding has been announced for a Women’s Legal Service in Perth (WA) focusing on supporting Aboriginal women who are victims and survivors of domestic and family violence
  • The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the ADF may be asked to suspend alleged rapists and abusers while their cases are being investigated
  • In The Age, Rachael Jacobs takes a different look at the protests in India and the impact these may have on ending violence against women
  • The Sydney Morning Herald shares Eve Ensler’s call for all of us to join the One billion and rising campaign
  • AWAVA signed the petition and called on all of you to help protest against the sexual exploitation of the Lingerie Football League – and according to this article, it looks like we may have had a win


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:  if you register 4 Gold delegates you get a free registration
  • 13-15 May The White Ribbon International Conference is being held in Sydney, calls for papers close 5 February


  • 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
  • 25 – 28 August  8th Australasian Council of Women and Policing conference will be held in Adelaide . Calls for papers is currently open


  • 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