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."
A new report, Poverty in Australia 2014, from 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.
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!
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
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.
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.
A workshop to share information and insights on the UPR process, discuss key human rights issues and develop collective strategies ahead of Australia's upcoming UPR …
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 the protection and promotion of human rights and fulfil its international obligations.
Workshop participants will share insights and learnings from Australia's first UPR, discuss progress on the implementation of recommendations from the previous review and discuss key issues, opportunities and strategies for the upcoming UPR in 2015.
…and a training session on using international human rights in Australian advocacy
Prior to the workshop the Equality Rights Alliance will provide an introduction to the international human rights framework (with an emphasis on the rights of women) and identify methods of using international rights in a domestic setting.
Date: Thursday 27 November 2014
Time: 12:30 – 1pm - Lunch
1 – 2pm - Using International Human Rights in Australian Advocacy
2:15 – 5pm - General NGO UPR Workshop
RSVP: by Wednesday 19 November to Alyssa Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify if you would like to attend both the training and workshop events.
This workshop is presented by the National Association of Community Legal Centres, The Human Rights Law Centre, Kingsford legal Centre, the National Women's Alliances and the Equality Rights Alliance. Thanks to YWCA of Canberra for providing us with a venue.
For more information about the UPR and workshops in other cities/towns please visit the National Association of Legal Communities website.