Welcome to the latest AWAVA Round-Up! Do you have a view on domestic violence and gender equality? The Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration is calling for submissions from individuals and community organisations on this issue. The closing date for submissions is 21 March 2016. More information here.
Around the country
- The National Union of Students Women’s Department has released a report showing that nearly three quarters of women-identifying and non-binary students had been sexually harassed or suffered unwanted sexual behaviour while enrolled at their current campus.
- A study by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has found that victims/survivors of domestic violence make up 36 per cent of those accessing homelessness services.
- A recent Al Jazeera documentary about a family from Western Australia has brought international attention to the widespread problem of domestic and family violence in Australia.
- Researchers have collected data from the last decade which disproves a claim made in the most recent episode of Q&A that domestic violence rates in Australia are declining.
- A recent report has found that Australia is unlikely to achieve gender equality in the workforce before 2050.
- In Queensland, domestic violence protection orders were breached more than 19 400 times last year.
- Women’s Legal Services NSW has made a submission to NSW Fair Trading in response to the statutory review of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 (NSW), arguing that in cases of violence it should be easier for a victim/survivor to terminate the lease without penalties. Read the submission here.
Around the world!
- In Algeria, a new law addressing violence against women has come into effect this week.
- In British Columbia, Canada, the government has committed $5.5 million to support community based programs and services for Aboriginal women and families affected by violence.
- In Zambia, Southern Africa’s first-ever gender based violence fast track court was launched earlier this year.
Research, reports and resources
- A report on young Australians’ attitudes to violence against women by Vic Health, The Social Research Centre and the University of Melbourne is available here.
- AWAVA, in conjunction with Our Watch and supported by WESNET, invite you to attend an international conference on violence against women. The conference will be held from 19 to 22 September 2016. More information here!
- Join in One Billion Rising, the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history! Between 14 February and 8 March 2016, at events all over the world, people will express their outrage, strike, dance, and rise in defiance of the injustices women suffer. Find out more here!
- ANROWS invites applications for funding under the Perpetrator Interventions Research Stream which opened on 1 February 2016 and closes 28 April 2016.
- The Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence against Women and their Children (MAEVe) is hosting a public event on 10 February in Melbourne to discuss the intersection of technology and violence against women.
- For Purpose Australia is running a three day professional development workshop for people working in the not-for-profit sector. The workshop will be held in Canberra from 17-19 February, with the option of enrolling in individual seminars on each of the days.
- Domestic Violence Crisis Centre ACT is holding its annual ball on 19 March 2016 in Canberra. Register here!
- The 21st Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International Conference 2016 will be held from 26-28 October 2016. More information here!