Last week, AWAVA Chair Julie Oberin and AWAVA Executive Member Margaret Augerinos attended the National Victims of Crime Conference and the National Homicide Symposium in Adelaide hosted by Victims of Crime South Australia. The important national conference and symposium provided a range of diverse papers, presentations and workshops that explore ways in which justice for victims can be significantly improved. The National Centre of Excellence to reduce violence against women and their children announced that it will be taking over delivery of services provided by the domestic, family and sexual violence clearinghouses across the country. The Australian Institute of Family Studies/ Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault and the Centre for Gender Related Violence Studies/ the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearing House issued separate statements

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  • In Canada, over 2,500 male residents of Toronto walked more than 5 million steps in high heels to help end gender-based violence for the 5th annual Walk a Mile in her Shoes march
  • Concerning India, the Washington Post explored mixed reactions to the rise of women-only spaces in this article and its accompanying photo essay by highlighting commentary stating that it’s “men who need to change their behaviour…not women
  • The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) announced that it will intensify efforts to fight gender-based violence in 50 countries at high risk of conflict and disaster, saying that “only a multi-pronged, multi-stakeholder approach will work
  • The US State Department announced $10 million in funding to end gender-based violence in international humanitarian crises that builds on the framework established by ‘the US National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security’ and ‘the U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally’
  • From the UK, acclaimed crime fiction author Ann Cleeves questioned the increasingly graphic depictions of violence against women in Nordic literature and named popular works like Stieg Larsson’s ‘Millenium Trilogy’ as culprits
  • In Ireland, the first National Union of Journalists women’s conference announced that they will soon release guidelines for responding to all aspects of violence directed at women journalists
  • In Nicaragua, thousands of women took to the streets to protest legal changes that could force dangerously unsafe mediation practices onto victim/survivors of domestic, family and/or sexual violence
  • From the US, this insightful article argues that the best response to gender-based violence is rejecting all gender segregation and division, starting with our schools

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