The AWAVA team spent last week in Melbourne coordinating the 2013 Advisory Group Members’ Symposium. From Mon 12 – Wed 14 August, delegates contributed their expertise to lively discussions shaping the national agenda to prevent and eliminate gender-based violence. We heard exciting updates from our state and territory representatives. Also, we enjoyed highly informative sessions with guest speakers CEO of the White Ribbon Foundation Libby Davies and Emeritus Professor Anne Edwards, AO, from the National Centre of Excellence. It was a productive, meaningful and re-energising three days. Furthermore, it was an opportunity to celebrate our achievements and re-affirm our collective commitment to ending violence against women. We would like to thank everyone who was involved for their time and passion.

Importantly, we would also like to thank you, our readers, for the pivotal role you play in harnessing and amplifying the global effort to keep women and children safe.

As campaigning for the federal election intensifies, social commentary must commit itself to moving away from political rhetoric. As the election date edges closer, AWAVA remains aware that violence against women and children will cost the Australian economy $15.6 billion per year by 2021-2022 unless effective action is taken to prevent this violence. Violence against women and girls is both a cause and consequence of gender inequality in all sectors of society. Hence, it must be addressed by promoting women’s empowerment and listening to the diversity of their experiences with commitment, integrity and respect.

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Attendees of the 2013 Advisory Group Members’ Symposium standing in solidarity to support the joint National Women’s Alliances Project – Women Vote 2013


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  • The National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) will be coordinating National Child Protection Week 2013 running from 1-7 September 2013.  Event registration is now open.


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