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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



Download the From UN Rhetoric to Local Action Toolkit


Watch videos of delegates

presenting at the CSW Report Back 

Press Conference -Beyond 2014: Youth Leadership in the AIDS Response

25 July 

The Melbourne Youth Force held a Press Conference on Tuesday July 22 to release the ground breaking Youth Action Plan, as well as to highlight the key advocacy messages of Treat all People. Respect all rights, END HIV/AIDS.

The 2014 Youth Action Plan states “The needs of adolescents and young people cannot be ignored any longer. Despite the advances in the fight against AIDS, we are experiencing a crisis in the adolescent and youth pandemic.

We have the tools to address this crisis, but we need governments, policy makers, and healthcare professionals to commit to real and effective change by 2020.


AIDS2014 - Hearing from Affected Communities

Listen to another podcast from the World YWCA delegation to the 2014 International AIDS Conference. This podcast features women from different communities affected by HIV and is an opportunity to hear from affected communities about what needs to be done to put their needs and concerns at the forefront of the HIV response. 

#AIDS2014- Young Women Speaking Out

23 July 

Hear some of the amazing stories from the young women leaders in the World YWCA delegation to the International AIDS Conference. This podcast covers the Young Women Speak Up event this week which celebrated the stories, lives and experiences of young women. 

AIDS2014 - Hearing from Young People

22 July

Equality Rights Alliance has joined with the World YWCA delegation to the International AIDS Conference to hear key sexual and reporductive health insights. Yen Erikson from the YWCA delegation has put together this podcast of interviews with young people at the conference from the first day. Enjoy!

2015 Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

Work is underway to bring together advocates in Australia in preparation for the 2015 CSW. 

UN Women  has organised a meeting/workshop at the ANU on Tuesday 5 August from 9am to 1pm as part of a collaborative sector-based initiative to provide policy support to government planning for CSW59.

Beijing 20 Review

JERA International is currently undertaking the Australian NGO 20 year review of the Beijing Platform for Action. Information will be gathered from civil society groups and individuals throughout July and August, 2014.

International AIDS Conference 2014

Letters HIV are lit up in lights in a large sign

The Equality Rights Alliance is building a presence in the Sexual and Reproductive Health policy space.  As part of this effort we attended the 2014 International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Melbourne. The IAC was a unique and valuable opportunity to build ERA’s relationships in the health sector in Australia and globally and strengthen our profile in sexual and reproductive health. We were able to strengthen our knowledge base on sexual and reproductive health advocacy and identify links between the current national HIV strategy and broader sexual and reproductive health policy.

Launch of Second Action Plan and Domestic Violence Inquiry

4 July

Last week the Federal government launched the Second Action Plan 2013-16 - Moving Ahead as part of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022. The Action Plan focusses on violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, culturally and linguistically diverse women and women with disability. 

A Senate inquiry into Domestic Violence in Australia is underway. The terms of reference for this inquiry are available here. The closing date for submissions is 31 July with reporting due 27 October. More information on preparing a submission to the inquiry is available here

NCSMC Submission to Child Support Inquiry

27 June

The National Council for Single Mothers and their Children, an ERA member, has made their submission to the current Parliamentary Inquiry into the Child Support Program. You can read the submission here

The due date for submission to this inquiry has recently been extended to Friday, 4 July. The Committee is due to report on the findings from this Inquiry early next year. For information on submissions and  public hearings, visit the Inquiry webpage.

Registration open for Is Prison Obsolete? conference

20 June

Registration has opened for the Sisters Inside Is Prison Obsolete? conference. This conference will explore and encourage discussion about abolition and altneratives to prison over three days. Key note speaks include:

    • Angela Davis, Author and Activist
    • Antoinette Braybrook, Aboriginal Family Violence and Prevention and Legal Service in Victoria
    • Priscilla Collins, North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency
    • and Debbie Kilroy, Sisters Inside. 

Register here:

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