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Among the many questions raised by Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States is the question of what impact the result will have on marginalised and victimised groups including Muslim people, people of colour, people with disability and women who have been subjected to violence and harassment. Alisson Pohle has addressed one aspect of this issue in an article asking, “What effect does having a man accused of sexual assault as President have on survivors?” Professor Karestan Koenen, an expert on post-traumatic stress disorder and sexual violence answers that “people may be feeling distressed, scared, angry and…unsafe… That’s normal to feel and we’re not crazy to feel it.” Professor Koenen urged survivors and supporters to “get active, and to find a way to get your voice heard, whether that’s sharing your own story or volunteering to listen to others… [N]o matter what, we don’t let it end with feeling disempowered. We take it as a challenge to fight harder and be stronger. We’ve got to stand up for ourselves.” For other analysis of the election result, see Patricia Williams, Arwa Mahdawi and Robin Morgan writing for The Guardian on “What does the US election result say about misogyny?” and Katie Dupere on positive ways to take action, including “take allyship seriously”, “listen to those most impacted” and “start planning for the future”.

 

 

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  • Noal Kelly in collaboration with HACK*BLOSSOcapture-3M has written and developed a guide to a Do-it-yourself guide to cybersecurity, which internet users can follow to protect their digital accounts, encrypt computers and phones and the data contained in them.
  • The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Center for a New American Security and the United States Institute of Peace have formed the Fragility Study Group, developing a policy brief Gender and Fragility: Ensuring a Golder Hour. This brief stresses the importance of recognising the impact of gender equality on the nation’s economic, political and social advancement.

 

 

 

  • 10399764_107712783346_3892303_n-1The National Women’s Alliances, including AWAVA, are preparing our submission to the Australian Government on its priorities for the next session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) and we would love to hear from you. In 2017, the CSW’s priority theme is women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. We have tonnes of information about this theme, but we need to focus our submission down to key areas… and we need your help! Please fill in our brief survey here.
  • The Waratah Support Centre is holding “It’s No Secret” – Sexual Assault, Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence” a national conference on 24 November, from 8:30 -5:00 at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, BUNBURY, WA. For booking details click here.
  • The UN Women National Committee Australia invites everyone to the celebration of the 2017 International Women’s Dcropped-Capture.pngay events in March happening simultaneously in 6 major cities around the country. For more information click here.
  • 1800RESPECT will be holding a webinar on “Improving Cultural Understanding and Engagement with people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities” on 1 December 2016, 1pm AEDT. The presenter will be Craig Rigney of Kornar Winmil Yunti (KWY). Register here.
  • Law Trobe Law School will be holding “Online/Offline: Sexual violence, activism, and justice”, a free seminar, on 25 November, from 4 to 6pm at the La Trobe University Franklin Streets Campus, Melbourne. Register here.
  • WESNET is hosting the Inaugural Technology Safety Summit in Sydney on 21 November 2016.capture4 This one-day conference will focus on the various complex issues and concerns that come from the intersection of technology and domestic and sexual violence, and stalking. The Tech Summit will bring together those working with women and their children experiencing violence and other stakeholders from government and corporate Australia. Attendees of the Tech Summit will learn how technology can be misused as a tactic of abuse, how women experiencing gender-based violence can use technology to improve their safety and privacy, how digital evidence can be collected to hold perpetrators accountable, and how agencies can strengthen policies and practices to improve service delivery, and what other support technology and telecommunications companies can provide.  Registrations close Thursday 17 November. To find out more and register please visit the conference website.
  • The National Rural Women’s Coalition is launching “Brave Danny” a picture book for children on 24 November from 5-7 pm at Melbourne Ether Conference Centre, 265 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne. The book was written by Robin Adolps for children and illustrated by Nicky Johnston. For more information, contact admin@nrcw.com.au.
  • The Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast will be held on 25 November at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 6:45 am to 9:00 am. The guest speaker will be the Honourable Marcia Neave, chair of the recent Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. Book here.
  • The University of Melbourne has created a website called ‘NotTheOnlyOne’where women can anonymously read and share stories about experiencing family and domestic violence.

Credits for the photo, artwork and campaign materials used in this round up:
WESNET
westbridgfordwire.com (photo of rally in Nottingham)
HACK*BLOSSOM
UN Women National Committee Australia

Sharon Rose Dadang (artwork used in Get Involved!)