Welcome once again to the latest edition of the AWAVA Weekly Round-Up. It has been an exciting week for us here at AWAVA. We began on Monday and Tuesday with the annual National Women’s Alliances Forum in Canberra: two full days of collaboration with our sister Alliances from around the country. You can read tweets from the forum under the hashtag #nwa2014.
Some highlights of the 2014 forum included the Parliamentary Breakfast hosted by Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, as well as the attendance of Tara Moss as a guest speaker at the Forum Dinner. Ms Moss discussed with us gender inequality and representation in the media.
It was a fantastic event, and a wonderful way to welcome our new Program Manager, Sophie!
On Wednesday, we participated in a Round Table on the Economic Impact on Women in Disaster Affected Areas in Australia hosted by our sister alliances economic Security4Women and the National Rural Women’s Coalition. This highly productive discussion, held at Australian Parliament House in Canberra, was attended by a wide variety of stakeholders and brought to light the significant need for disaster response to be assessed through a gender lens.
AWAVA has also had the pleasure of attending the launch of the Second Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 on Friday morning. You can read more about the Second Action Plan 2013-2016 on the Department of Social Services website.
Around the Country
- “The Federal Government and every State and Territory Government have agreed to implement the National Domestic Violence Order Scheme” in order to make court orders intended to keep victims safe enforceable nationwide
- From 1 July 2014 The Line social marketing campaign is transferring to the Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children
- In New South Wales, surprise and concern is being expressed that a large number of women’s refuges, including Australia’s first women’s refuge Elsie, have been handed over to large religious organisations by the NSW Government
- Anne Summers has spoken about her experiences of violence and personal journey as a feminist