Innovative new resource supports public health message makers to do better

14 October

An innovative new resource from the Australian Women's Health Network (AWHN) is receiving high praise. Monica Dux, Age Columnist, author and women's issues commentator has said: "Doing Better: Gender-Transformative Public Health Messages is an important and opportune resource. The Australian Women's Health Network has provided a clear and concise guide on how to best integrate gender into public health messages, as well as offering a persuasive argument as to why getting such public health messages right is so crucial, not just in order to be more inclusive, but also so that we might achieve better health outcomes for all." 

Anti-Poverty Week: Two New Reports Shine Light on Poverty in Australia

13 October

Anti-Poverty Week logo - an image of a tree made up of many hands

A new report, Poverty in Australia 2014from the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) has found that poverty is increasing, with 13.9% of Australians living under the poverty line. Women continue to be over-represented in key poverty indicators. The report also found that the cost of housing is driving high rates of poverty in Sydney and Perth.

Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre has also released Falling Through the Cracks. This report has found that singles living in rented accomodation are at the greatest risk of severe financial hardship, with the risk greatly increasing with age.This is particularly concerning given the growing numbers of older, single women who are retiring without home ownership and with limited superannuation. You can read more about ERA's work in this area here. 

Job Vacancy: YWCA Australia National Program Coordinator

7 October

YWCA Australia logo - royal blue triangle with YWCA inside a royal blue circle.

YWCA Australia is seeking a motivated and independent person to join their organisation in the role of National Program Coordinator. 

The closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 15 October. You can find more information about this opportunity here. 

Beijing+20 Survey Extended!

23 September 

The closing date for the Beijing +20 online survey has been extended. The survey now closes on the 3rd of October.

Make sure to complete the survey and have your say on the issues that are affecting women in Australia. By doing this survey, you are contributing to the 20 year review of Australia's performance on the Beijing Platform for Action- the most progressive blueprint to advance women's rights ever!

Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture

17 September

ERA has joined 64 organisations in an open letter to the Attorney-General George Brandis calling on Australia to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT). 

 >>Read the letter

Inspire.Unite.Change Conference

17 September

The Inspire.Unite.Change Conference in 2014 will bring together outstanding researchers and practitoners from around the world to share thelatest innovations in sport for development. 

Learn and discuss the impact of key themes including:

  • Safeguarding children
  • Gender-based violence
  • Economic development through sport &
  • Harnessing the power of atheletes as role-models.

Nominations Open for SWECO Award

16 September

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The Sustaining Women's Empowerment in Communities and Organisations (SWECO) Award is now open for applications! 

ACLW's SWECO Award in 2015 aims to honour male and female individuals, groups and organisations who have developed a sustainable inititative to:

i) empower women in a community or organisation in Australia

ii) empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in a community or organisation in Australia

iii) empower women in a community or organisation abroad.

Supported Decision Making App

Advocacy for Inclusion has launched their first ever crowdfunding campaign. They are making an App to support people with disabilities to make decisions. This will be a big help to many people becoming more independent. There is no other App anywhere that does this, particularly in plain or easy English format. 

Everyone can make their own decisions – it’s just that some people need some support to do so.

Donate to the campaign and share the word with #SDMApp

Entries are open for the ACT International Tenants' Day Art Competition

5 September

Abstract image of residential flat buildings.It is time to get creative and enter ACT Shelter's International Tenants' Day Art Competition. This year's theme is - Sharing a Bond. 

The aim of the competition is to celebrate and showcase the creativity and contributions of Canberrans living in rental housing of any kind - public, community, emergency (homelessness accomodation) or private rental. 

For further details and to download an entry form, visit the Tenants' Union website

Invitation to Interview: Labour Participation, Childcare and Travel Choice of Australian Young Families

1 September

Calling parents or caregivers with children in childcare, pre-school or school! You are invited to participate in research which aims to better understand decisions you make on where you live and work and how this influences parenting, time use and travel. 

The research involves an open-ended interview (no longer than 30 minutes), where general questions are asked about the impact of housing and transport options on the way your family organises its life.This interview is approved by UC Human Research Ethics Committee (project number 13-186). Your participation is completely voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any stage of the discussion. All information collected from the interview is anonymously analysed for research and publication purposes.

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