Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to From Language to Action hosted by the National Women's Alliances at the Australian Human Rights Commission in Sydney today. The forum was a great opportunity to discuss how we can effectively use international human rights instruments in our domestic advocacy for gender equality and women's rights. You can catch up on today's happenings searching for the Twitter hashtag #globaltolocal.
Inspired Heads, in partnership with Australian Womensport and Recreation Association (AWRA) is offering one scholarship to attend ahead of the game Female Leaders Program. This one of a kind program brings together aspirational women from across sports, who are serious about developing their leadership.
More details on this excellent opportunity and application information are available on the AWRA website here.
We have lodged our 2014 Pre-Budget submission. Our submission focusses on solutions to Australia's worsening housing affordability shortage, with attention paid to the growing number of older, single women facing uncertain housing futures. Please find a PDF of our submission.
Pre-registrations for NGO representatives to CSW58 close on 27 January 2014. This is the Monday public holiday for Australia Day, the last business day before that is Friday 24 January.
Please note that the selection process for the position of non-government representatives on the Australian Government delegation to CSW58 has not yet been finalised. Unfortunately this means that if you applied for a position on the Australian Government delegation, but intend to self-fund your attendance to CSW58 if you are not succesful, it would be best to register now to ensure you are able to attend. Australian Government CSW delegation applicants will be notified of the outcome in the coming weeks.
Information on how to register for CSW58 can be found on the CSW website. More information is available in the JERA guide.
The NSW Legislative Council Select Committee on Social, Public and Affordable Housing is currently holding an inquiry into the issues of social, public and affordable housing in NSW. The Select Committee will report on findings by 9 September 2014 and will be receiving submissions until Friday 28 February 2014.
For more information on the inquiry and how to make a submission visit the NSW Parliament website here.
The Australian Institute of Family Studies is currently undertaking a survey to research the impact of legislative amendments to the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) introduced by the Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2011 (Cth).
The survey is open until February and professionals effected by the changes (judicial officers, lawyers and non-legal professionals) are invited to take part. Follow this link for more information.
A new report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics has found that women are earning only 64% of the average male's wage and salary income. The report shows that men earn more than women in every State and Territory with the gap particularly large in Western Australia where women earn only 55% of the average male income.
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Alliance (NATSIWA) has urged the Prime Minister to reconsider funding cuts to vital Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services. These services include the National Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS) program. NATSIWA Chair Dea Delaney-Thiele has said "cutting funds to service delivery is not the answer" and that such services are vital for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children.
An information session will be held on the ACT microcredit program. No intertest and low interest loans are made available for eligible applicants to start or grow a business. Key target groups include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, migrants, young people, women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals.