Survey on Secure Housing for Older Women


9 December

The South Australian Office for Women is seeking to develop new types of housing assistance that respond to the increasing numbers of older, single women needing affordable, safe and long-term housing. 

To better understand the type of assistance that is needed and the best help that can be provided, the SA OfW is asking people to fill in this anonymous survey. Please feel free to share the survey with your networks. 

Secure Housing for Older Women Survey

Prosecute; Don't Perpetrate

7 December 

It's the #16DaysofActivism to End Violence Against Women and we're proud to support the Prosecute; Don't Perpetrate campaign. 

We need your help. We are at a point in time with a unique opportunity to end impunity for sexual violence in armed conflict. Gendered crimes are often perpetrated outside the jurisdiction of institutions willing and able to bring the perpetrators to justice and the crimes are often overlooked.

Sexual violence has been used as a weapon of war, constituent of genocide and in crimes against humanity by Da’esh in Iraq and Syria. Tens of thousands of fighters have travelled from countries where such offences are criminalised. What if those countries simply prosecuted the perpetrators? 

Australia has the legislation outlawing these crimes but it isn't used. 

Sign the prosecute; don’t perpetrate petition calling on the Government to investigate and prosecute these crimes. Ask your members, networks and friends to sign too. To find out what else you can do to help, go to the campaign website.  


CSW61 Submissions to Government

5 December 

The Federal Office for Women is inviting written submissions from all interested individuals, non-government and civil society organisations to provide input into the Australian Government priorities for the 61st Session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61). 

The purpose of submissions is to inform the Australian Government's position during negotiations of the CSW61 Agreed Conclusions and other related resolutions. 

You can provide your final submission (one page maximum) via email to WomensBranchInternational@pmc.gov.au no later than COB Saturday 8 January 2017

If you aren't making a submission (individually or through your organisation) but would like to contribute, you can add your voice to the National Women's Alliances' Joint Submission by taking part in our CSW61 consultation survey

Stand Together Against Domestic & Family Violence

29 November 

What you do can make a difference. 

1800RESPECT and Rosie Batty have partnered to produce a toolkit for frontline workers on responding to domestic and family violence. To learn what you can do to make a difference, watch the video below. Presented by Rosie Batty the video shows four simple steps to take to support someone you know. 

Paid Parental Leave Inquiry

16 November

The Senate has referred the Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2016 to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report. Submissions close on 16 December 2016. The reporting date is 15 February 2017.

How to Economically Empower Women and Girls: UNAA Guide Relased

15 November

The economic empowerment of women and girls is central to the protection, promotion and fulfillment of human rights.

The United Nations Association of Australia is proud to present this report - which contains a list of  practical, agreed priorities for action - which is the culmination of a two day consultative forum held in Melbourne.

Made up of expert led consultations on the economic empowerment of women and girls, the forum was attended by more than 140 delegates and harnessed the expertise and lived experience of individuals from a broad range of professional and community settings.

The Forum covered six main themes and a summary of the key priorities for action agreed to by the delegates are included below.

The full report is available at http://unaavictoria.org.au/what-we-do/hr-program/

Petition: Stop Paid Parental Leave Amendments

1 November

The Australian Centre for Leadership for Women has started this petition to show support for the current Paid Parental Leave system. Please sign and share this petition

Currently in Australia, working parents are entitled to a total of 18 weeks of tax-payer funded leave paid at the minimum wage rate of $672.60 per week before tax. New mothers eligible for the PPL scheme are also entitled to any additional paid leave provided by their employer. Under proposed changes mothers will not receive the PPL scheme if they are receiving the additional paid leave provided by their employer. This is despite Australia's paid parental leave entitlements falling below the average for OECD countries.

NGO Applications for the Australian Government CSW61 Delegation & Side Events are open!

NGO Delegates

Office for Women is inviting all interested individuals, academics, and representatives of non-government organisations to put forward an application to be included in the Australian Government delegation to CSW61. Applications close 11.59pm AEDST Sunday 30 October* 2016. To apply, please visit the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet website

Australian hosted CSW60 side events

Office for Women is calling for expressions of interest from civil society interested in co-hosting an Australian Government side event at CSW61. Expressions of interest close 11.59pm AEDST Sunday 30 October 2016. To apply, please visit the Deparment of Prime Minister and Cabinet website here

*Please note there has been a one week extension from the original 23 October deadline for the NGO delegate positions. 

A Whole Generation out of Date: Young People's Stories of Sex Education

ERA's Young Women's Advisory Group has released A Whole Generation out of Date: Young People's Stories of Sex Education

The report captures findings from the focus groups led by and with young people as part of the Let's Talk: Young Women's Views on Sex Education survey. 

You can access the report HERE

#CSW61 Consultation: UNAA Forum on the Economic Empowerment of Women and Girls

22 August 

The United Nations Association of Australia will host a Consultative Forum in Melbourne, 5-6 September 2016, on the theme: The Economic Empowerment of Women and Girls

This theme aligns with the focus for the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), to be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in March 2017. 

This one and a half day forum will include expert keynote speakers, and a range of thematic discussions in which delegates will be encouraged to share their professional and personal insights to workshop a multi-sectoral action plan to advance economic empowerment of women and girls.

Registration and program. Please note, a discount is available for ERA members, contact Sophie Arnold at sophie@unaavictoria.org.au for more information. 

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