Welcome to the latest edition of the AWAVA Weekly Round-Up. It has been an exciting and inspiring week for the AWAVA team this week. Last Tuesday 25 November was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and we participated in a range of activities across the country to mark this day. Many of the links that we are sharing relate to International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women initiatives.
AWAVA has also just held our annual Members Symposium, where all of our member organisations come together for two days of reflection, dialogue, and strategic planning. The symposium was informative, engaging and inspiring and we look forward to continuing to work collectively to prevent male violence against women.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
- Leaders of all three major parties have come together to support the White Ribbon campaign
- Police Commissioners from across Australia and New Zealand came together at Parliament House on Monday 24 November to take a stand against violence against women
- Ambassador for Women and Girls Natasha Stott Despoja has pointed to the clear and established link between gender inequality and violence against women when calling for cultural change in Australia
- The UN has launched its #OrangeUrHood campaign to end gender based violence
- Many organisations have used increased media coverage to remind the public of the connection between homelessness and domestic and family violence
- 1800 RESPECT have released a huge variety of amazing resources starting from International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and continuing right throughout the 16 Days of Activism, including resources for survivors, family and friends in 28 different languages; an interactive map listing more than 300 services that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, children and families experiencing sexual assault, domestic and family violence; and some wonderful videos for people working with women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
Around the Country
- “The Victorian Government has pledged to hold an inquiry into the state’s disability sector as allegations emerge that one of Australia’s biggest disabled service providers failed to act on warnings about carers who sexually assaulted clients”
- In the Northern Territory, newly proposed legislation would introduce a presumption against bail for perpetrators who breach a domestic violence order
- Virgin Australia and the Transport Workers Union have called on other airlines to implement domestic violence leave for employees
- The president of the Australian National Imams Council, Imam Abdel Aziem, has called on imams around the country to speak against family violence in their khutbah – a sermon delivered before prayers on Friday
- The NRL is continuing to attract criticism over its reactions to recent domestic violence cases involving players
- Kate Marsh from Brisbane based pro-choice counselling service Children by Choice highlighted the need to recognise reproductive coercion as a common marker of domestic violence