For advocates and lobbyists around the world, social media has become a crucial bridge-building and outreach tool.  In the global movement to end gender-based violence, international conversations through various social media platforms are vital in order to share practice and knowledge and learn from one another. The Weekly Round-Up is one line of communication we use to tap into the passion, expertise and support provided by you – our readers. Another is our Facebook page. In March 2013, we only had 9 ‘likes’. As of today, our reach has climbed to 475 ‘likes’. We are hoping to reach 500 – a new and exciting milestone for all involved. Our page is constantly updated with news and relevant information. Please join us, so we can grow together and amplify our combined efforts to ensure the safety of women and girls everywhere.

In the news this week, the international reaction against the death penalty handed down to perpetrators in the Delhi Gang rape case rocked the global news cycle. In Australia, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse began its public hearings in Sydney. The AWAVA team has and will continue to pierce through the high volume of media coverage to bring you insightful pieces that expose the social determinants and gendered nature of domestic, family and sexual violence.

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  • The National Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Family Violence Counselling Service 1800RESPECT  has opened registration for its free ‘Workers Webinar Series which provides crucial information relevant to professionals involved in the areas of domestic, family and sexual violence
  • AWAVA sister National Women’s Alliance, the Equality Rights Alliance, has released the Housing Stress-O-Meter – a two minute online survey designed to uncover hidden housing stress in Australian communities. The intersectionality between women and children’s experiences of violence and housing stress makes this is incredibly important work
  • In a region-wide event for Hume in NSW, the Goulburn Valley Family Violence Prevention Network is hosting a forum on Responding to the Abuse of Older Women and Men” on Wed 9 October 2013 (9:30am – 3:00pm) focussed on relevant legislation and key support services
  • The Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS) has three upcoming events. There is a fundraiser with internationally acclaimed speaker Johnella Bird scheduled for Tuesday 29 October 2013 from 3:00-5:30pm in Doncaster, Victoria for which registration closes on Friday 18 October 2013. There are also two workshops facilitated by Vikki Reynolds – one called ‘Resisting Burnout’ on Wednesday 9 October from 9:40am-4:00pm and another called ‘Justice Doing and Solidarity in Community Work’ on Friday 11 October from 9:30am-4:00pm. Registration for both closes on Tuesday 1 October. Please email [email protected] for more information on any of these events.


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