Welcome to the latest edition of the AWAVA Weekly Round-Up. This week, we have highlighted efforts from across the country and the globe to bring conversations about violence against women into the public sphere. Attitudes and beliefs about gender and violence allow this issue to continue and fester in our society, but these conversations offer the opportunity to engage people who would never otherwise think about gender-based violence to change opinions and behaviours they may have that contribute to gender inequality and violence. It is key for us to get the message out there: violence against women is everybody’s business.

Around the Country

Around the World

Research, Resources and Reports

  • NSW peak organisations and state-wide service providers that work within the sexual violence and domestic and family violence field from a feminist framework along with the Men’s Behaviour Change Network have together developed a blueprint to end sexual assault and domestic and family violence in NSW called A Safer State. The blueprint itself and Key Recommendations are both available for download online
  • New research has been released on the prevalence of street harassment in Australia, with 87% of women experiencing at least one form of harassment and one quarter of women being threatened after rejecting sexual advances

Get Involved!

  • Professor Marilyn Waring’s recent speech on the ‘economics of dignity’ as the 2015 Pamela Denoon Lecture will be broadcast tomorrow, Tuesday 17 March at 8:05pm EST on ABC’s Radio National
  • Julie McKay, Executive Director of the Australian National Committee for UN Women, has created a list of 6 actions you can take to accelerate progress towards gender equality
  • Associate Professor Sharon Hayes from the Queensland University of Technology is conducting a survey on attitudes to sexual harassment and assault. Complete the survey by clicking here 
  • Registrations are open for It’s Time To Talk Conference 2015: The Impacts of Domestic Violence on Families – a free conference for entry level workers in the community services sector in Bankstown NSW on 27 May 2015 5:30-8:30pm
  • Become an AWAVA Volunteer Intern! We’re looking for 2 Canberra-based interns – a Policy Intern and a Research Intern – to work 1 day per week and get some behind-the-scenes experience at a small NGO in the preventing violence against women sector. Applications close 31 March
  • You can still get involved with the action during the second week of the Commission on the Status of Women by tweeting along under the hashtag #CSW59





**Articles published do not necessarily reflect the view of AWAVA and are included as items of interest only.