17 05, 2022

Call to improve support for women on temporary visas experiencing violence

By |2022-05-17T15:17:36+10:00May 17th, 2022|Blog|Comments Off on Call to improve support for women on temporary visas experiencing violence

As part of the National Advocacy Group on Women on Temporary Visas Experiencing Violence, AWAVA has joined over 60 state and national peak bodies, service providers, researchers and other organisations across Australia to call for increased action to ensure that all women experiencing violence in Australia are able to access the help they and their [...]

6 05, 2022

AWAVA Election Card Report 2022

By |2022-05-06T10:59:56+10:00May 6th, 2022|Blog|Comments Off on AWAVA Election Card Report 2022

    AWAVA has produced an election report card comparing and contrasting major parties' positions on ten key policy areas, including women’s specialist services, housing, the NDIS, the caring workforce and the just use of power. While AWAVA does not endorse candidates or parties, it does encourage friends and supporters to consider party policies and [...]

7 04, 2021

How to participate in parliamentary processes: an advocacy guide

By |2021-04-07T15:11:57+10:00April 7th, 2021|Blog|Comments Off on How to participate in parliamentary processes: an advocacy guide

Advocacy has long been used as a feminist tool to challenge and disassemble sexist attitudes, policies and practices. By looking first at parliamentary inquiries, followed by the process of lobbying, this blog outlines how to effectively engage with politicians and take advantage of parliamentary processes to support the rights and freedoms of women and girls [...]

10 12, 2020

Highlights from AWAVA’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign

By |2020-12-15T11:08:14+11:00December 10th, 2020|Blog|Comments Off on Highlights from AWAVA’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign

About 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign   Led by women’s rights defenders, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was initiated by [...]

30 06, 2020

Equipped to act

By |2020-06-30T15:14:55+10:00June 30th, 2020|Blog|Comments Off on Equipped to act

Many people behave in ways that are disrespectful or discriminatory towards women, girls and non-binary people. These actions often target people for their gender identity or expression, and they may also target people’s Aboriginality, disability, sexuality, race, migration status or other identity. When people behave in a way that is disrespectful or discriminatory, it can [...]

26 03, 2020

COVID-19 and violence against women – Federal Government support needed

By |2020-06-17T11:27:24+10:00March 26th, 2020|Blog|Comments Off on COVID-19 and violence against women – Federal Government support needed

Following are the requests for Federal Government support that our members have developed over the last week in light of the risks to women's and children's safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our understanding of what is needed is evolving with the progress of the pandemic and the adaptions required, but this is our starting point [...]

25 03, 2020

Self-Isolation Means Many Women Will Be Trapped With Their Abuser

By |2020-06-17T11:27:24+10:00March 25th, 2020|Blog|Comments Off on Self-Isolation Means Many Women Will Be Trapped With Their Abuser

This article by AWAVA's Program Manager Dr Merrindahl Andrew was originally published by With Her In Mind and can be viewed here. For more detail about the support AWAVA is requesting from the Federal Government read our post here.    As self-isolation becomes the norm, Dr Merrindahl Andrew, Program Manager for Australian Women Against Violence [...]

25 02, 2020

Understanding violence against women in today’s world – reflections on the Bangkok Regional Civil Society Forum for the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action 25 year review

By |2020-06-17T11:27:24+10:00February 25th, 2020|Blog|Comments Off on Understanding violence against women in today’s world – reflections on the Bangkok Regional Civil Society Forum for the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action 25 year review

  Photo by Merrindahl Andrew     The year 2020 will mark the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action (1995), which affirmed that gender equality is a human right and a condition for social justice. From 24 to 26 November 2019 a Beijing+25 civil society forum for the [...]

20 11, 2019

Changes in Migration Act – 2019

By |2019-11-20T15:14:33+11:00November 20th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Changes in Migration Act – 2019

In April 2019, the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act commenced, changingthe previous arrangements for partner visas. Previously, the visa application and sponsorship application were lodged together. A valid visa application could be lodged prior to the sponsorship being approved.   Under the new arrangements, the sponsorship must be lodged and assessed first. [...]

20 09, 2019

Data: Fighting or facilitating violence against women?

By |2020-06-17T11:27:24+10:00September 20th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Data: Fighting or facilitating violence against women?

Photo by Franki Chamaki on Unsplash   In early 2018, Google has launched a website titled “Me Too Rising” [1] that visualises trends of web searches of across space and time at a global scale, noting cities where a markedly high proportion of total searches are for “MeToo”. Me Too is a movement [...]

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