In this week’s edition of the Weekly Round-Up, we have highlighted a huge variety of programs, strategies, and research focussing on preventing and eliminating violence against women. From legal assistance to public marches, from educating school children to training doctors, and in so many other ways, our communities are stepping up to address gender-based violence.
AWAVA is also excited to announce that Sophie Hardefeldt will be joining the AWAVA team as Program Manager next month.
Sophie has a BA in Development Studies from Melbourne Uni, and a Masters of Social Science in International Development from RMIT. She has also completed some Human Rights courses in the US. She has most recently been working for the Centre for Social Research in India as the Campaigns and International Projects Manager. She has a strong background in human rights and gender and other social inequalities. She has undertaken internships for The Program on Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Human Rights Program in India, and for The United Nations Development Fund for Women South Asia Economic Security and Rights Program. Prior to moving to India she worked for the Department of Health in Victoria on the Victorian Data Linkages Project and Australian Catholic University as the Research Services Officer (Ethics).
We look forward to welcoming Sophie into our team. She is due to start work on 23rd June.
Around the Country
- A new pilot program is offering pro bono legal assistance to people in hospital, including victims of domestic violence
- The Court of Appeal in Victoria has firmly condemned violence against women in a judgement rejecting an appeal by an offender against an 8-year gaol term
- In Victoria, Premier Denis Napthine has committed $3 million for the construction of new facilities by the women’s crisis accommodation service Annie North in Bendigo
- In Queensland, a police officer has spoken out to support the teaching of programs in schools specifically focussing on gender-based violence
- Alice Williams writes about a day at a women’s crisis support centre