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Affordable and Accessible Housing

Rental housing policy that addresses the needs of women 

Artwork by Lesley Salem


Women's Guide to Welcome to Country Ceremony and Acknowledgement of Country



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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

Logo with the yellow words Australian Centre for Leadership for Women with a blue background

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.

Upcoming: Equal Pay Day Events

27 August

Equal Pay Day will be held on the 5th of September this year. With the Gender Pay Gap at 18.2%, it takes the average woman in Australia 67 more days to earn what the average man in Australia earns in a year. 

economic Security for Women will be holding a  series of events around Equal Pay Day.

Monday 1st September The Know Your Value checklist will be formally launched.

Tuesday 2nd September A Family Friendly Workplaces video will be launched with a report back on last year's eS4W National Pay Equity Forum focus on SMEs. This will be an after work event in Melbourne, information and registration can be found here. 

Wednesday 3rd September eS4W's Executive Officer, Sally Jope, will be on on a panel at the National Financial Literacy Conference talking gender pay equity and the online career checklist for women as a teachable moment in financial literacy. 

ABS Gender Indicators

27 August 

The 7th issue of the ABS Gender Indicators has been released this week. Some features from the seventh issue include:

  • 'Latest highlights' pages which emphasise the most recently released data for each domain. 
  • The 'Living with a Disability' commentary has been updated with data from the Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2012.
  • Updated data for the economic security (including the latest workforce particpation rates), education, health, safety and justice and democracy, governance and citizenship domains (including new data on Judges, Magistrates and Order of Australia recpients). 

Updated data on democracy, governance and leadership from the ABS and WGEA will be available later this year. 

Know Your Value

26 August 

economic Security4Women has launched Know Your Value - a pay and contract negotiation checklist for women

The resource is designed for women and will link them to existing information in order to facilitate the negotiation of the best employment outcomes, contributing to long term economic wellbeing. 

"In some jobs there may little or no room to negotiate, however, women need to find out what is -and is not- negotiable and then work our which checklist items are relevant to the job being considered" said Ms Sandra Cook, Chairperson of economic Security4Women, a National Women's Alliance. 

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