Welcome to AWAVA’s latest weekly round-up of news! Our sister alliance, Equality Rights Alliance (ERA), is looking for a motivated, innovative and independent person to join the ERA team as a part-time Administration Officer. ERA is a national non-government network advocating for women’s equality. If you are interested in working with a team of dedicated individuals, and are passionate about advancing the cause of gender equality, apply by following this link! Applications close 4 March.
Around the Country
- In the ACT, domestic and family violence account for almost two-thirds of murders in the territory.
- In NSW, a parliamentary inquiry has heard that almost 50 000 seniors have experienced violence, abuse and neglect, often perpetrated by a trusted family member.
- In Queensland, the State Government has promised $3.7 million in funding to the Central Queensland University based Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research.
- Zoe Krupka, PhD candidate at La Trobe University, has written an opinion piece on how the discipline of psychology frames victims of domestic and family violence.
- Asher Flynn, Anastasia Powell and Nicola Henry have written about the legal and non-legal measures required to stop the distribution of sexual images as a tactic of abuse. The Senate inquiry into the unauthorised sharing of intimate images is due to report next week.
- Our Watch is partnering with universities to provide opportunities for information sharing about consent and respectful relationships following a study conducted by the organisation that revealed troubling statistics about the attitudes of young people towards consent. Read more about the research here.
Around the World
- Pakistani documentary ‘A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness’ by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has been nominated in the Best Documentary (Short) category of the 88th Academy Awards. The documentary addresses the issue of ‘honour killings’ in Pakistan.
- In Belize, the United Nations Population Fund donated laptops and computers to the Ministry of Human Development and the Ministry of Health to assist with the prevention of violence against women.
- In Uganda, women’s rights groups are setting up control centres to monitor this month’s national elections and intervene when necessary to prevent violence against women, which often increases during elections.
- ANROWS invites applications for funding under the Perpetrator Interventions Research Stream which opened on 1 February 2016 and closes 28 April 2016.
- 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!
- Summer of Respect, an ACT based anti-sexual violence campaign is screening a documentary, The Hunting Ground, which addresses sexual assault on US university campuses. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, and will be held on 3 March 2016. Register here!
- Women’s Legal Services NSW and Marrickville Legal Centre are hosting an International Women’s Day Fair on Sunday 6 March, at Steel Park, Marrickville. More information here!
- Women’s Information and Referral Exchange (WIRE) presents ‘Cabaret Double Bill’ to celebrate International Women’s Day. The event will be held in Prahran, Melbourne on Thursday 10 March.
- Women’s Legal Services NSW is holding one day face-to-face seminars on Women and the Law. The first seminar in the series will be held on 16 March and will explore the law surrounding domestic violence. Register here!
- Domestic Violence Crisis Centre ACT is holding its annual ball on 19 March 2016 in Canberra. Register here!
- The 2016 Pamela Denoon lecture will be given by comedian and health promotion ambassador Nelly Thomas, on the topic of Sexual Equality: Negotiating a Modern Minefield. The lecture will be held at the Australian National University in Canberra on International Women’s Day, 8 March. Find out morehere!
- The Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International (NNVAWI) invites individuals interested in presenting at the 21st NNVAWI conference to submit presentation abstracts. The theme of the conference is ‘Strengthening healthcare systems to promote safety and health of women and families’ and will be held on 26, 27 and 28 October. Submit abstracts by 1 April here!