As CSW57 is winding up in New York the AWAVA delegation have been working hard to support negotiations and secure outcomes to end violence against women and girls.  No doubt there will be lots of newsworthy items from the UN early next week on the Agreed Conclusions – although news reports this week suggest continual blocking by some member states may stall negotiations. Women’s organisations globally have signed a statement urging member states not to renegotiate women’s rights.

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ACT Women’s Grants Program 

The Minister for Women, Joy Burch has called for applications for the ACT Women’s Grants Program.  In 2012–13, there is a total funding of $130,000 available including an additional $30,000 for the inaugural Audrey Fagan Violence Prevention Grants.

Funding is available under the following three categories:

Category One – Capacity Building: seeks to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of community organisation to advance the objective and priorities of the ACT Women’s Plan.

The maximum funding available for a Capacity Building Project is $5,000 (GST Exclusive).

Category Two – Special Projects: seeks to advance the objectives and priorities of the ACT Women’s Plan by contributing to public policy, service development, or gendered research.

The maximum funding available for a Special Project is $25,000 (GST Exclusive).

Category Three – Audrey Fagan Violence Prevention Projects (new): seeks to progress one or more of the objectives outlined in the ACT Prevention of Violence against Women and Children Strategy 2011–2017.

The maximum funding available for an Audrey Fagan Violence Prevention Project is $15,000 (GST Exclusive).

Please note only one application per category may be submitted by an organisation/group. Applications close on 22 April 2013.  All applications must be submitted online. This can be accessed at

Please refer to the ACT Women’s Grants Guidelines 2012-2013 to ensure that your organisation/group is eligible. A copy of the guidelines are on the Women ACT website at:

For further information or assistance please contact the ACT Office for Women on 6205 0515 or 02 6207 2552 or via email [email protected]


Today is the National Day of Action Against Bullying here in Australia.

For those interested in real social change and the prevention of bullying and violence, the Social Justice Education service provides a range of supports for leaders, managers, policy officers and practitioners, in government, schools and universities, and also works with social service and other education service organisations, and parent, childcare, community and sporting organisations.  Visit for more information



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