Congratulations are in order for Carolyn Frohmader, the Executive Director of Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA), who has won the Individual Community Award at the Australian Human Rights Awards.
This award is one of the highest human rights acknowledgements Australia has to offer and a fitting way to recognise Carolyn's significant contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights for women and girls with disabilities.
ERA's housing stressometer has wrapped up with over 700 respondents taking the housing stress and wellbeing test. Just over 600 of respondents were women.
ERA is currently collating the stressometer data, so you can expect to see the results soon. Initial findings show that approximately 20% of all respondents were not in housing stress but indicated two or more areas of poor housing wellbeing.
The stressometer was designed to better understand the intersection of housing stress and housing wellbeing. The stressometer first worked out whether someone was paying more than 30% of their income on housing before asking 13 questions relating to housing suitability and appropriateness. The results of the stressometer will help us better understand whether women are making trade-offs on the quality of their housing to better manage the cost of housing.
The Office for Women has announced the selection process for non-government representatives wishing to be included on the official government delegation to the 58th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58). Selection of the NGO Delegates will be via an open selection round.
The Equality Rights Alliances encourages ERA members to apply. Young women, women with disabilities and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women are especially encouraged to apply. Please contact the secretariat if you would like more information on CSW58.
The attached application pack includes the selection criteria. Applicants will also be required to submit a copy of their resume and a brief biography along with their statement of claims. The application pack and information for applicants will be available on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's website shortly.
Applications close at 11:59 AEDT Sunday 8 December and no late submissions will be accepted.
The ACT Women’s Awards honour individual women who have demonstrated courage and/ or have made an outstanding contribution to the lives of women and girls in the ACT.
If you know an outstanding woman or girl who has made a significant contribution to the community, consider nominating her for an award. There are three categories: ACT Woman of the Year; ACT Senior Woman of the Year; and ACT Young Woman of the Year.
The 2014 ACT Awards will be announced by the Minister for Women during International Women’s Day celebrations in March 2014.
Particpants are currently being sought to participate in research into sexual esteem and perceptions of pregnancy and motherhood in disabled and able-bodied women.
The study calls for women between the ages of 18-39 who are interested in possibly having children in the future to particpate. Participants will respond to a demographics questionnaire and complete three brief measures, which should take between 10-15 minutes. Upon completion of the study, you may enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card.
To take part in the study click here. You can get in touch with Erin Schrader, the researcher here Eschrader@twu.edu.
Earlier this week a Productivity Commission into childcare and early childhood learning was announced. The Productivity Commission will focus on developing a system that supports workforce participation and addresses children's learning and development needs.
Today the COAG Reform Council has released the Tracking Equity: Comparing outcomes for women and girls across Australia report. Tracking Equity is the first report to track the gendered outcomes of Government policies and inititatives. This report puts us in a better position to develop policies with a gender lens to ensure women aren't disproportionately impacted.
ERA has long advocated for policies to improve housing outcomes for women. The key findings on women and housing from Tracking Equity are:
Indigenous women are more likely to be homeless than Indigenous men;
more women than men are using homelessness services;
and domestic violence is the most cited reason for using homelessness services.
If you are a woman with a disability, or an individual or organisation who who supports our aims and objectives, you can now become a member of WWDA for free. If you would like to join, please complete the membership form available on WWDA's website and return to WWDA via email or post. Memberships can also be organised over the phone. Contact WWDA on (03) 6244 8388.
Although memberships are free, WWDA does accept donations via direct deposit, credit card and/money order. WWDA's preferred method of payment of any donations is via direct debit. Details are provided on the membership form.
Today the Stop the Violence Project National Symposium - violence prevention and response from women and girls with disability will be opened by the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash.
The STVP notes that in Australia, women and girls with disability experience high levels of domestic and family violence and sexual assault and have high unmet needs in terms of access to domestic violence, sexual assault and related community services. The need for targeted measures to address violence against women and girls with disability, in order for them to participate as full and equal citizens in Australian society, has been identified as a priority at both domestic and international levels.
For more information on this initiative, visit the website.
At the end of October every year women across the globe march to Reclaim the Night to create a powerful message about making our streets and homes safer for women and children.
Tonight the Equality Rights Alliance and Australian Women Against Violence Alliance will march together at Canberra's Reclaim the Night event because there is no gender equality until all women live a life free from violence.
The Australian Human Rights Commission is urging people across Australia to make online submissions to the Australian Human Rights Commission's Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review.
The Commission is particularly interested to hear from women and men who have experienced discrimination while on parental leave or upon their return to work following parental leave, as well as from community organisations working with women who have experienced discrimination.
“He controlled all the money. I had to account for every cent I spent.”
"I trusted him with our money, now I’m left with all his debts.”
“When we got married I had some savings, a job and a car. The marriage is over and I’ve got nothing.”
“I don’t care about the money. I just want to feel safe, get away, and start again.”
Sound familiar? WIRE Women's Information is keen to hear from women who have either experienced financial abuse or supported a friend or family member. This information will help to improve information and support that is available for women.
Women in the ACT have started a petition on change.org calling on the ACT Government to reverse its decision to close the Women's Information and Referral Centre.
Currently the WIRC provides information, referral services and support to all local women on any issue. Its publication, "What's on for Women" brings together information about community events, workshops, courses and group meetings in the ACT. The centre also has a library with material on issues relevant to women's lives and it provides free access to a computer and the Internet.
The ACT Government has announced that women's services will continue to be offered in other Government organisations and departments, however the closure of this vital service marks the loss of a visible, centrally located and speciliased service with over 35 years service to the ACT community.
Tomorrow, Thursday 17 October will see a continuation of the debate on Foetal Personhood Laws (also known as the Crimes Amendment (Zoe’s Law) Bill 2013 No. 2) in the NSW Legislative Assembly at Parliament House.
There will be a Our Bodies, Our Choices rally outside NSW Parliament House on Macquarie St Thursday morning starting at 9.30am.
You can bring a Vote No banner or placard. Our Bodies, Our Choices also suggests brining along a purple ribbon which will mark opposition to the Bill. The purple ribbons will be tied to the fence of Parliament House.
NATSIWA is a newly established national organisation, incorporated on the 8th March 2013.The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Alliance (NATSIWA) is the national peakorganisation for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women throughout Australia. All Aboriginal &Torres Strait Islander Women over 18 years of age are eligible to become a Member of NATSIWA, onceendorsed by the NATSIWA Board.
For the second year running, TEDxCanberra will host a satellite event with TED's TEDWomen on the afternoon of Friday 6 December. We're expanding this year to include live presenters of our own.
One of many TEDxWomen events held around the world, TEDxCanberraWomen includes a session from the TEDWomen event on screen, as well as a session of Canberra women talking about their work and passions.
TEDxCanberraWomen is a great opportunity to share ideas with a diverse group of women (and men). If you’re looking for a stimulating afternoon of learning and sharing in a respectful and inclusive environment, then TEDxCanberraWomen is for you!
Please check our site for information on sessions and speakers, and registration, which will go live on 21 November.