UPR Consultations

31 October

Australia's upcoming review by the UN Human Rights Council provides an important opportunity for Australian NGOs to encourage and influence the Australian Government to improve protection and promotion of human rights and fulfil its international obligations. The UPR provides a number of opportunities for NGO involvement.  A number of stakehodlers are working to co-ordinate a Joint NGO Report on behalf of a large coalition of NGOs representing the breadth of civil society in Australia. Experience has shown that we get better outcomes when we coordinate report-writing and advocacy with UN mechanisms.  

As part of this, a number of consultations are taking place across Australia. 

Call for Nominations: CSW Government Delegation

23 October 

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The Office for Women is now calling for applications from individuals and representatives of non-government organisations who are interested in being considered for inclusion as an NGO delegate on the official Australian Government delegation to the 59th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. APPLICATIONS CLOSE SUNDAY 2 NOVEMBER. 

For more information on how to apply, see the application pack

Rights & Responsibilities survey ends 31 October!

23 October 

The Australian Human Rights Commission's Rights & Responsibilities survey ends Friday, October 31!

This survey forms part of the Australian Human Rights Commission's national consultation regarding how effectively we protect people’s human rights and freedoms in Australia. The consultation will focus on building understanding and improved protection of our fundamental human rights, freedoms and responsibilities.

One Month to Go! The first International Dialogue on Women in Leadership

21 October

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Don't miss this G20-related event. The first International Dialogue on Women in Leadership. The Dialogue will be held from 16-17 November at the Queensland Conservatorim, Griffith University, South Bank. 

Speakers include:

  • Australia's Foreign Minister the Hon Julie Bishop MP
  • The Hon Quentin Bryce AD CVO
  • Maria Atkinson AM
  • Prof Iris Bohnet
  • Winnie Byanyima, and more. 

Information on registration is available here. 

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

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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

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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.

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