The Federal Government and Australian Institue of Company Directors are offering 55 Cultural Diversity Scholarships to women who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or come from a culturally or linguistically diverse background. The scholarship is an opportunity to undertake the AICD's highly regarded Foundations of Directorships program (25 scholarships) or Company Directors Course (30 scholarships); and includes 12 months membership to the AICD.
The Scholarship program is aimed at supporting an increased representation of women on Australian boards and fostering emerging female talent.
Applications are due at 5pm on Monday 27 July. More information on applying is available here.
Applications are open to join ERA's Young Women's Advisory Group (YWAG). If you are a young woman between the ages of 16-30, you are eligible to apply! YWAG brings young women's voices and experiences to ERA's policy and advocacy work and leads a project on sex, sexuality and respectful relationships education.
Applications are available here and are open until the 19th of July. Applicants will be notified of results in early August.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women from culturally and linguistically diverse background and women living in rural or remote areas are strongly encouraged to apply.
Divorce and separation are 'critical life events' that often have substantial financial impacts on those ending their relationships. There is increasing recognition that such disruption often results in tenure change (moving from ownership/purchase to rental) for one or both former partners, with some people remaining in rental thereafter. Even where a former partner remains in the ‘family’ home, or when housing is purchased with a new partner, financial recovery can sometimes be difficult or slow. This in turn impacts on the wealth and security required for retirement, with an increasing number of households renting in retirement or continuing to pay mortgages.
However, little is understood about the housing and related decisions faced after property settlement and how this relates to financial recovery/non-recovery in the medium to longer term. Amongst other things we are interested in the role of gender on the outcomes. The significance of this issue is increasing, not only because the private rental system is encompassing a growing proportion of older persons, but also because of an increased risk of homelessness in old age.
The genders have a very different experience of later life.
People's life experiences are also strongly influenced by such factors as culture, language and location. These and other aspects of human diversity affect the experience and meaning of gender in older age too.
In 2015 COTA Australia will again bring together a group of outstanding individuals to explore what is needed to ensure that the genders have the same opportunities and are equally well prepared for later life.
A new research report from Andrea Sharam sheds light on the experiences of single, older women facing housing and vulnerability to homelessness in their old age. One of the most surprising aspects of this trend is the propensity for these women to be tertiary educated. Focus groups reveal education as a significant means by which these women improved their economic positions, although most had entered female dominated, hence poorer paying industries. However, in most cases their gains came too late in their lives and/or have been undermined by labour market flexibility that has resulted in precarious employment with retrenchments, casualisation, and reductions in hours of work a common experience.
The Equilibrium Challenge aims to provide a communications forum for people interest in flexible work practices and workplace gender equality as well as the technology, tools and tactics that enable people to achieve greater equilibrium in their lives.
For more information please consult the Equilibrium Man Challenge Official Supporter pack (attached).
Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia biennial Conference - Multiculturalism in Action: Building a better future for all Australians .
This will be held in Sydney, NSW, on 5-6 November 2015. This year's conference is organised jointly by the Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia (FECCA) and the Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW (ECC NSW).
The conference will draw together leading decision makers, thinkers and practitioners to discuss and debate key issues that relate to Australia's multiculturalism. These will be explored through a series of plenary addresses, panel discussions and presentations. We invite everyone with interest in multicultural affairs to contribute to the debate that will undoubtedly lead to new collaborations and opportunities.
Join National Council for Single Mothers and their Children at the premiere of their documentary ' Stories of Single Mothers.'
10 Mothers candidly speak about the reality of Newstart. They share their struggle to put food on the table and keep a roof over their head. They highlight the punishing effects of the allowable earning which slashed their wage. It gives voice to the impacts on their children. Newstart does not help mums & children impacted by family and dometic violence Newstart is not a new start for families.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the most ratified of all the UN Conventions, ratified by Australia in December 1990. It seems 25 year later that we still need to work harder to ensure children in Australia can reach their fullest potential.
The 2015 UNAA Status of Women Roundtable is an opportunity to participate in a conversation on a range of topics relating to the CRC in the Australian setting. The Roundtable has space for 24 participants. Panellists will have 10 minutes each. Participants will have 3 minutes each to ask a question or provide other input.
Presenters include Casimira Melican, UNAA SOWN2014 Intern (The Legal Right to Identity), Dr Wendy O’Brien, Deakin University (Wendy O’Brien, Deakin University, A Children’s Rights Approach to Digital Policy) and TBC a speaker on Australia’s current intercountry adoption program.
Get in touch with Sheila Byard at email@example.com or 0439 365 688 to RSVP and for futher information.