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Calling Young Women: YWAG applications open!

18 July

ERA's Young Women's Advisory Group (YWAG) is after another member to join and be part of their work amplifying young women's voices in the national policy space. YWAG is an opportunity to meet and work with young women from across Australia too advocate on issues that are important to young women.

If you are between the ages of 16-30 and live in Tasmania, South Australia, the Northern Territory or Western Australia, you are eligible to apply for YWAG.

Email Hannah at era.projects@ywca.org.au for an application form. Applications close 26 August 2016.

Vote Home: Let's End the Housing Crisis by 2025


20 May

Every night, more than 105,000 Australians don’t have a place to call home. That’s one in every 200 people. Women face some of the biggest housing challenges in our community. 

With your support and enough political will, we can end both homelessness and the housing crisis.

That’s why we're building a movement of Australians declaring their vote this election is a Vote Home. Join the movement here

A Vote Home is a vote for a national strategy to address housing affordability and a vote for all political parties to commit to end the housing crisis by 2025.

You can read more about housing affordability as an election priority for ERA here

NFAW's 2016-17 Budget Gender Lens

16 May

The National Foundation for Australian Women has released their Budget Gender Lens - a comprehensive gender analysis of measures in the Federal Budget. Without an official Women's Budget Statement, NFAW's Budget Gender Lens gives us the clearest picture of what Budget 16/17 means for women. 

Following careful, expert, non-partisan analysis of the Budget, NFAW makes 50 recommendations across a range of policy areas- workplace relations, health, education, housing, domestic violence, taxation, superannuation and more, as well as some related to machinery of government and data. 

The full document is available here

Safety First in Family Law

10 May

Over 90 organisations have joined Women's Legal Services Australia (WLSA) and Rosie Batty and the Never Alone campaign to call on the leaders of all major political parties to put Safety First in Family Law.

An open letter has been sent to the Prime Minister, Opposition Leader and Leader of the Greens calling for real action to address the crisis in family law. 

Can you make sure that all our political leaders commit to the five step plan? 

  • Stand with Rosie and the Never Alone campaign by signing the petition to fix family law. 
  • Write to the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Greens asking them to put safety of women and children first in family law by adopting the five step plan in the lead up to the 2016 election. 
  • Share the campaign on social media and get your friends and networks involved. 

Read more about the campaign at safetyinfamilylaw.org.au/

ACLW's 2016 Diversity Award

27 April 

Nominations for the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women's 2016 Diversity Award close on 12 May. 

The 2016 Diversity Award refines the spirit of ACLW's Award Program as it seeks to platform in a mainstream forum, recognition for community and organisational initiatives in Australia that value and empower women in Australia who come from diverse backgrounds, and particularly from groups that are marginalised.

More information and application forms are available on the ACLW website here.  

National Multicultural Women's Conference 2016

20 April 2016

The Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia (FECCA) and Settlement Services International (SSI) have partnered to host the inaugural National Multicultural Women's Conference 2016- Influencing change: Vision and Impact. The conference will be held at Parkroyal Parramatta, Sydney, from 3-4 November 2016.

Join practitioners, decision makers, community members and thought leaders, and participate in what will be a lively and productive national dialogue. More information is available on the NMWC website.  

ERA's Women & Tax Webinar Series

Thu, 14/04/2016 - 13:00

How can we make the tax system work for women?

 Prepare for Budget Night with two information sessions from Assoc. Professor Helen Hodgson of Curtin Law School

Webinar 1:

Tax Policy Fundamentals - Thursday, 14 April, 1pm-2:30pm (AEST)

This seminar will introduce participants to the conventional framework for tax policy reform.

 Webinar 2:

Feminist Perspectives on the Tax System -  Friday, 22 April

1pm-2:30pm (AEST)

This seminar will develop the feminist framework for discussion of tax policy.

RSVP: COB Thursday 7 April to era@ywca.org.au

 With many thanks to the National Rural Women’s Coalition for hosting the webinars

A Home of One's Own: Shared Equity for Older, Single Women


8 March 

Women's Property Initiatives has released a new report, A Home of One's Own: Shared Equity for Older Single Women, investigating the feasibility of shared equity products to meet the housing needs of older, single women.

You can find a summary of the report here.

You can find the full report here

#CSW60Aus - Australian Civil Society at the 60th Commission the Status of Women

7 March

CSW60 NGO representatives on the Australian Government delegation, Sarah Boyd and Dr. Anu Mundkur, have developed an information page for Australian Civil Society at CSW60. You can follow all the action at thegenderagency.org/home/csw60/ 

Australian Civil Society attendees will be using the hashtag #CSW60Aus on social media. 

This Valentine's Day, Young Women Offer A Lesson in Sex Education Reform

12 February

Young women want more from their respectful relationships and sex education, according to findings from the Let’s Talk: Young Women’s Views on Sex Education survey. Over 1000 young women, between the ages of 16-21, have voiced their views and experiences on their sex education in the national survey, coordinated by the Young Women’s Advisory Group of the Equality Rights Alliance.

You can read the media release in full here.

Report - Let’s Talk: Young Women’s Views on Sex Education 

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