Australian Network for Universal Housing Design


26 March

The Equality Rights Alliance has signed on in support of the Australian Network for Universal Housing Design's position statement calling on the Australian Government to regulate minimum access features in the National Construction Code for all new and extensively modified housing.

You can read the full position statement  from the ANUHD here. 


The 9th Australasian Council of Women and Policing Conference

Mon, 31/08/2015 (All day)

Luna Park, Sydney

Making History, Shaping the Future

The 2015 conference is particularly exciting in that it will conincide with NSW celebrating 100 years of women in policing. This is an opportunity to join the discussion about women in policing, celebrate progress and look to future goals. 

This conference will be held from 31 August 2015 - 3 September 2015.

Early Bird registrations close Monday, 11 May. Register through the website.

NPAH Funding Announcement


23 March

Funding for frontline homelessness services around the country is no longer uncertain with today's announcement that the Federal Government will extend the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) for two years. You can read the full media release from the Minister for Social Services here.  

Congratulations to the housing and homelessness sector who have campaigned energetically to highlight the importance of the NPAH funding and certainity. 

CSW59 Young Feminist Working Group Statement

Young YWCA feminists at CSWCredit: YWCA Aotearoa/New Zealand

Young feminists at the CSW59 have rallied together to release a statement on CSW processes that exclude and silence young women's voices. 


We, as young feminists, represent Young Women in ALL our diversity. We are here to hold our governments accountable to the commitments they have made to guarantee gender equality eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence against us and achieve the full realisation of all of our human rights. As young feminists most of us were too young to attend the Beijing Conference in 1995. We acknowledge much has been achieved over the past 20 years in the areas of education, employment opportunities for young women and political participation of young women in national and regional platforms; however many gaps remains.

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Statement on the CSW Methods of Work Resolution: Nothing about us, without us!

18 March

325 organisations working to end gender inequality have come together to release a statement voicing frustration at the CSW59 Methods of Work Resolution. 

As representatives of feminist and women's organizations and organizations working to promote the full realization of the human rights of women and girls, we express our outrage at the way we have been excluded from both the negotiation of the political declaration and the Commission of the Status of Women (CSW) Methods of Work resolution.  

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Consultation: YWAG's Young Women's Experiences of Sexuality Education Survey

17 March

ERA's Young Women's Advisory Group will be in Brisbane for the School Sexuality Education as Violence Prevention Forum on Wednesday the 25th of March. 

Prior to the forum, YWAG will be conducting a consultation session on their Hearing Young Women Women's Voices project. YWAG is planning a survey on young women's experiences of sexuality education and is currently engaging with interested community members on the content and structure of this survey. If you have any experience, expertise or views in this area, please feel free to come along for the discussion. 

Young Women's Advisory Group Survey Consultation Invitation

ACT Shelter Forum: Mind the Door! Exploring the roles of affordable, safe and secure housing in recovery from mental illness

Mon, 23/03/2015 - 12:15

Federation Room, Havelock House, Turner, Canberra

In our first forum for 2015, ACT Shelter will join with representatives from the mental health sector to explore the links between mental health and homelessness and the role of affordable, safe and secure housing in the recovery journey from mental illness.

It is often said that people with lived experience of mental illness can be at greater risk of homelessness than people with no experience. Mental illness is said to be a cause of homelessness and vice versa and significant numbers of people with lived experience of mental illness find themselves in marginal housing like boarding/rooming houses, in crisis services or sleeping rough.

What is less often talked about is the role that affordable, safe housing and support with security of tenure can play in aiding long term recovery. This will be explored at our March forum.



  • Young people with lived experience of mental illness
  • Mental Illness Education ACT, Volunteer Educator
  • Travis Gilbert, Executive Officer, ACT Shelter

This event will include a light lunch. Please RVSP here.

Sydney Feminist Collective's screening of: "I Was a Teenage Feminist"

Thu, 19/03/2015 - 19:00

The Red Rattler Theatre, 6 Faversham St, Marrickville, NSW

In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women's Day, Sydney Feminists are hosting a screening of “I Was a Teenage Feminist”, a woman’s personal exploration of her identification with the movement both in the 70s and today.

The film will be followed by a relaxed networking and discussion opportunity. People of all genders welcome! Age restriction 18+ as alcohol will be served at the venue.


I WAS A TEENAGE FEMINIST is a personal journey into a powerful, political movement that once sparked passionate response and social revolution, but now routinely evokes discomfort, indifference and even disdain.

Armed with a video camera, an inquiring mind, and an irreverent sense of humor, filmmaker Therese Shechter crisscrosses both the continent and her own psyche in the hope of reconnecting to the power and sense of purpose that feminism gave her as a teenager in the 1970s.

See the trailer on Youtube hereMore info on the film can also be found at the Sydney Feminists website.   

Cost of entry is a gold coin donation. 

2015 Pamela Denoon Lecture with Dr Marilyn Waring - Power and unpaid work: the dark side of women's caring roles

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 19:00

Manning Clarke Theatre 1, The Australian National University, Canberra

We live in a world where money is the basis of status, power and freedom, and yet women are expected to perform society's unpaid work; often to give up their jobs or their careers to care for children and/or for aged parents. This has profound implications for financial freedom and independence.

In this lecture Marilyn Waring will explore options to overcome barriers to achieving recognition and a fair wage for care workers. She asks what options are there to change the dynamic of centuries old expectations?

In 2005 Marilyn Waring was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and she was recently named as one of 50 women most likely to change the world. Her ground-breaking book Counting for Nothing: what men value and what women are worth, founded feminist economics, and she is the global policy expert on this crucial issue. For more information on Marilyn Waring's work visit her website.


For further information please contact Andrea Butler on 0410 257 377, or find us on Facebook, the website or Twitter:  @PDLcommittee

Please register for this event online. 


Lecture available to view online and transcript uploaded afterwards see www.pameladenoonlecture.net

This lecture is sponsored by University House, The Australian National University

Key CSW59 Side and Parallel Events

4 March

ERA has highlighted below a number of key side and parallel CSW59 events with links for more information.

Implementing Gender Equality & Women's Empowerment: Comparative analysis of achieving human rights in Rwnda and Australia through education, empowerment and peer mentoring

13 March, 6:15-7:45pm, Drew Room, Church Centre for the United Nations (CCUN)

Empowering 'Women in Business' through Online Training & Mentoring Forum

10 March, 2:30pm-4:00pm, V Hall, Armenian Convention Center, 630 2nd Avenue, (at 35th Street) New York

Continuing the Global Conversation: Why we need an International Legally-binding instrument on Violence Against Women 

12 March, 12:30pm, V Hall,  Amernian Convention Centre, 630 2nd Avenue, (at 35th Street) New York

Working with Men and Boys: A Critical Dialogue 

12 March, 10:30am, The Salvation Army, 221 East 52 Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues), New York

Prioristing women's sfaety, working towards gender equality and holding perpetrators to account through men's behaviour change programs

17 March, 12:30pm, Hardin Room, Church Center United Nations (CCUN), 777 United Nations Plaza

Preventing violence against women and girls in the digitial and technological world

11 March, 4:30pm, Downstairs, Salvation Army, 221 East 52nd Street, New York

The Impact of Women in Leadership: Achieving and Sustaining Peace and Security in Rwanda

10 March, 2:30-4:00pm, 10th Floor, Church Center for the United Nationas (CCUN) 

Global Faith Perspectives on Sexual and Gender Based Violence: Survivor, Practitioner, Faith Leader and Academic

13 March, 12:30-2:00pm, V Hall, Armenian Convention Center, 630 2nd Avenue (at 35th Street), New York

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