Welcome to another edition of the AWAVA Weekly Round-Up! We are delighted to announce that the National Women’s Alliances will be reporting back on their attendance at the fifty-eighth session of the UN Commission on the Status of WomenThe CSW report back Forum in Sydney will allow you to hear directly from women who attended the Commission on the Status of Women in New York this year. We will discuss themes and trends emerging from the negotiations and examine options for further action.  Please register your attendance by 2nd May 2014

The last two weeks have also been a time for somber reflection as Australia reels from homicides linked to Domestic and Family Violence. The brutal killing of Sunshine mother Fiona Warzywoda and the devastating murders of little Savannah and Indianna are stark reminders of how imperative it is for us all to challenge and change the attitudes that let violence against women flourish unabated.

In response, AWAVA member organisation DV NSW have launched their “No Excuse” Campaign.  The campaign is a multi-pronged reaction to the violent and tragic deaths of five women and children over the 2014 Easter weekend. DVNSW CEO, Tracy Howe states: “Australia has had a gutful, enough is enough. Too many lives are being lost and there is no excuse for violence against women and children, ever.” DV NSW is calling for all Australians to sign an open letter petition expressing their outrage at the deaths and is petitioning our leaders to recognise domestic and family violence as a national emergency, to strongly condemn these acts of violence and to take urgent action.


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