|Welcome to the latest edition of the AWAVA weekly round-up! Last week was Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick’s last week in the role. Elizabeth Broderick has made immense contributions to improving the lives of women and girls over her 8 years in this role and we pay our respect to her. In a recent speech at the National Press Club, she spoke about the need to view domestic violence as a human rights abuse, while highlighting that domestic violence cannot be addressed until we tackle larger societal attitudes about women. More on her speech can be found here.
Around the country
- Legislation criminalising “revenge porn”, which involves the distribution of sexually explicit images without consent, has been proposed by the federal Opposition.
- Rodney Vlais from No To Violence has talked about the need to work with men in preventing domestic violence.
- Daisy, the domestic violence app developed by the Australian government, has been downloaded 100 times every week since its launch 6 months ago.
- In Tasmania, Governor Kate Warner has warned about the shortcomings of law reform as a tool to combat violence against women, suggesting that changing community attitudes is critical in order to achieve change.
- In Queensland, the Queensland University of Technology will offer Australia’s first graduate certificate in responding to domestic violence, starting February 2016.
- Also in Queensland, the specialist domestic violence court which is to be trialled for the next six months has opened.
- In Victoria, the Greens have made proposals to remove the right of religious schools to discriminate on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation from current anti-discrimination law.
Around the World
- Women’s Services Network (WESNET) is presenting two free webinars under the Recharge project funded by ACCAN on technology and safety for community legal service and domestic/family violence practitioners. Places limited. Register here!
- Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) is recruiting for the position of Senior Project Officer (Perpetrator Interventions). More information here!
- The Damned Whores and God’s Police 40 Years On Conference on Anne Summer’s seminal text by the same name will be held at the University of Technology Sydney, from 21 – 23 September 2015. Register here!
- The Women’s World Summit Foundation’s new campaign – 17 Days of Activism for the Empowerment of Rural Women and their Communities – begins on 1 October 2015. More information here!
- The 2015 National Indigenous Domestic Violence Conference will be held on 7 October 2015 in Carrara, Queensland.
- The Festival of THE Rural Woman, a free online global event, is running from 12 – 15 October 2015. Register here!
- The Canberra Community Sleepout will be held on 16 October 2015. Find out here how you can get involved and help combat homelessness in Canberra!
- The 3rd World Conference of Women’s Shelters will be held in The Hague from 3 – 6 November 2015. More information here!