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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The Equality Rights Alliance is building a presence in the Sexual and Reproductive Health policy space. As part of this effort we will be represented at the 2014 International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Melbourne. The IAC represents an opportunity to build ERA’s relationships in the health sector in Australia and globally and strengthen our profile in sexual and reproductive health. We will also work 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.
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.
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 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
Gethin Davison - Lecturer in Planning, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW
Chris Emery, North Canberra Community Council
Gethin Davison will talk about his research on the causal roots of local opposition to affordable housing projects in Australia. It shows that planning concerns can mask prejudice against low-income residents. However community opposition can be exacerbated by dismissive attitudes by government. Developers and government both have roles to better explain to the public what affordable housing is, allay community fears through education, and ensure planning processes are clear and fairly implemented.
The North Canberra Community Council have been asked to speak about their views as nearby residents in one of the areas slated for redevelopment.