Welcome to the latest edition of the AWAVA Weekly Round-Up. This week has seen a huge number of events and developments for women in Australia and around the world. In particular, this week marks the start of the59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) in New York City! AWAVA will be hosting three parallel events during the next 2 weeks and we can’t wait to engage with our international colleagues around violence against women.
Our Program Manager Sophie has recorded the following video to give a brief introduction to CSW and explain why this year in particular is important (hint: it’s the 20th anniversary of a certain conference in Beijing!):
With International Women’s Day just behind us, it has also been a week of speeches. From the Federal Government, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash have both spoken about gender equality in Australia, as have Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek. We have also seen recognition of powerful women speakers more broadly, with Emma Watson giving a Q&A on Facebook about gender equality, Amy McQuirespeaking about her life and work as an Aboriginal Feminist, and this round up of ‘5 speeches by women that you need to hear.’ We hope that these powerful words translate into positive action throughout the community in the weeks, months and years to come.
Around the Country
- The Federal Government has announced $120,000 of funding over 2 years to assist women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to navigate the court system
- Leaders from all three major political parties signed on to the UN HeforShe campaign at an International Women’s Day breakfast in Canberra
- The Federal Government has announced a $30 million joint commonwealth-states campaign to address the issue of rising domestic violence
- Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, in conjunction with Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, hascalled for a national crisis summit on violence against women
- Women’s Agenda has partnered with Twitter Australia with the goal of empowering women to speak out on the platform
- In Queensland, domestic violence services have praised the Domestic Violence Taskforce’s report as‘holistic and thorough’ with two new domestic violence shelters announced by the State Government in line with the report’s recommendations
- In the ACT, donations and public support continue to flow in memory of murdered woman Tara Costigan, with the accused also charged with breaching a domestic violence order