Welcome to the AWAVA Weekly Round-Up! This week, the Australian Human Rights Commission has released its Audit Report: the final report of its Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force. Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick chaired the review, working passionately and meticulously to compile the huge amount of research necessary to complete this immensely important undertaking. As a result of the review process, the Australian Defence Force has successfully moved to an environment where significant progress has been made to “improve gender diversity and enhance capacity” on an institutional scale. The Commissioner has urged the Defence Force to continue building on this momentum into the future.
Around the Country
- Attention and support is growing for gender-based violence prevention programs being delivered in schools
- The important role of bystanders has been highlighted with a call for people to take action if they witness violence against women
- Martin McKenzie-Murray writes about the day-to-day work of domestic violence services
- Reports of mobile technology being used to stalk and harass are continuing to increase around Australia
- In NSW, Labor is seeking to amend provocation laws to better protect victims of domestic violence
- A courageous woman has spoken out after going into hiding following the release on bail of her violent ex-partner