Welcome to this week’s Round-Up! Originally conceived to make sense of the racialised experiences of black women, ‘intersectionality’ is a term expressing the understanding that gender inequality is not the same for all women: racism, homophobia, colonialism and abelism all combine to affect women’s different experiences of gender inequality and violence. At the recent Prevalent & Preventable conference, participants sought to explore what ‘we’ actually mean when we use the term ‘intersectionality’. This required recognising and acknowledging that as individuals and individuals within groups, there are multiple sites of oppression, and simultaneously, multiple sites of privilege and power. To learn more about what happened at the conference, read the Storify wrap-up here and Yvonne Lay’s reflections here.
Around the Country
- In the Northern Territory, a specialist domestic violence court will be trialled in response to coroner Greg Cavanagh’s findings on the deaths of two Aboriginal women.
- In Western Australia, the family of Ms Dhu, a 22-year old Aboriginal woman who died in custody from medical conditions arising from previous domestic violence, has criticised the coroner for reserving her decision about whether to release footage of the final days and hours of Ms Dhu’s life. More information at the Deaths in Custody Watch Committee page here.
- Also in Western Australia, the Peel Alliance Interventions for Teen Anger and Violence (PAITAV), an alliance of organisations within the Peel region, has been launched to increase community awareness and provide assistance for families experiencing violent behaviours by teenagers at home.
- The International Labour Organisation has sought Australia’s advice and participation in developing a global convention on the impact of domestic and other forms of violence in the workplace.
- Channel 7 Sunday Night program has conducted the largest ever Freedom of Information (FOI) investigation into rape and sexual misconduct in Australian universities. The investigation targeted all 39 universities and found hundreds of complaints resulting in very few disciplinary actions.