This week we were reminded of the complexities of addressing female genital cutting/mutilation (FGM/C), and the global fight to end it, as we recognised International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation on 6 February. We hope you found some time to read AWAVA’s post and to have a look at some of the great work both in Australia and internationally – take a few minutes to watch Health Minister, Tanya Plibersek, address to Parliament on FGM.

But that wasn’t the only thing making the news this week:

Around the nation:


One Billion Rising – 14 February!

International Women’s Day

Remember to email us at [email protected] and let us know what you and your organisation will be doing on March this year!

  • The Women’s Council in Western Australia is again hosting its Sparkling High Tea to raise Funds For Freedom

Reports, Research and Resources

New Reports

Upcoming Events



  • 18- 20  February: The National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC)’s inaugural Conference, Canberra
  • 20 February: Launch of We Will Not Go Quietly – zine by and for sexual assault survivors, 6.30pm-8.00pm, Melbourne, RSVP by 11 February
  • 27 Febuary: Getting Safe Against the Odds – Family violence and women with a disability – Training  for workers who are currently working in the family violence sector to gain a better understanding of the context and experiences of women with disabilities who experience violence


  • 7 March WIRE in Victoria present Understanding Financial Abuse in the context of Family Violence
  • 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
  • For those of you based in Canberra, if you haven’t already make sure you take the opportunity to see The Women Who Made Canberra – an exhibition celebrating women in Canberra’s history, closing 17 March




  • 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

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