Welcome to the latest edition of the AWAVA Weekly Round-Up! This will be our last edition for 2014 and we would like to thank you for your support throughout the year. Thank you to everyone who has provided us with thoughtful input, suggestions and feedback through surveys, emails, and by commenting on social media. Thank you to those who have spread the message further by sharing our posts and emails with your friends, family and co-workers. We are thankful for this opportunity to continue learning about violence against women, its impact on women and children throughout Australia and the many innovative and effective initiatives that are being developed to prevent and better respond to this violence. We are also proud to be a part of a feminist movement that continues to speak out against sexism and misogyny and to highlight the links between gender inequality and violence against women. We look forward to continuing this work in 2015!
The AWAVA office will close on 24 December and will re-open on 5 January next year. We look forward to working together with all of you, and with our entire community, to reduce and eliminate violence against women.
Around the Country
- Questions continue to be raised about the violent history and bail conditions of Sydney gunman Man Haron Monis. Many writers have considered the lack importance placed on his history of violence against women
- Also following the siege in Sydney, the hashtag #illridewithyou has become news around the world withvarying levels of support
- Amy Wise has analysed the disconnect between the reality of sexual assault for women and the way it is reported by the media
- In Melbourne, two recent deaths have raised fears about violence against women in the Australian Indian community