AWAVA’s Chair, Julie Oberin, presented on the Stopping Violence Against Women Before It Happens: A Practical Toolkit for Communities, and joined a National Women’s Alliance panel session, at the 7th Australian Women’s Health Network (AWAVA member organisation) Conference, Gender Matters: Determining Women’s Health, last week.
AWAVA also announced our endorsement of AWHN’s 2012 Position Paper, Women and Health and Well-being, which recommends implementing and adequately funding the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and Their Children at both federal and state levels. AWAVA will be looking for the inclusion of much-needed additional investment in the National Plan and primary prevention activities in the budget announcements tomorrow. You can read the latest progress report on the National Plan later in the Round-up.
Around the country
- Attorneys General from Australia, England, Wales, New Zealand and Canada have met in Auckland and committed to support prosecutions of sexual violence
- Prime Minister Gillard will meet with Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister where she will discuss violence against women
- 49 local government, health and community organisations in the northern region of Melbourne joined together last Monday (6 May) to commit to actions to prevent violence against women, at an event organised by Women’s Health In the North
- There are mixed views in NSW on the proposed changes to Victims of Crime Compensation see also the media release from Women’s Legal Services NSW and Community Legal Centres NSW
- Still in NSW, and the launch of a new app for women experiencing domestic and family violence has been welcomed
Around the world
- This article from the Hindustan Times says that under-reporting of rapes emboldens rapists
- From the USA, more shocking statistics on rape in the military
- Scotland Yard calls for assistance in catching and prosecuting those who carry out female genital mutiliation/cutting
- In this article, from India, the writer says that VAW isn’t a women’s issue, but is everyone’s responsibility
Have Your Say
- Stop the Violence Project is looking for input from service providers, policy makers and representative organisations to improve service delivery for women and girls with disabilities, please complete the survey by 31 May
- Norma’s Project is researching into sexual assault against older women, click on the link to see how you can get involved
National Plan Update
This is the first progress report in a series of progress reports to the Council of Australian Governments and the general public on efforts to reduce violence against women and their children. It details the actions taken and progress made by Commonwealth, state and territory governments and the non-government sector during the National Plan’s first two years of implementation, from 2010 – 2012.
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