Job Opportunity: AWAVA Program Manager

17 April

The Australian Women Against Violence Alliance is currently seeking a new Program Manager. Information on this position available here. 

Australian Women's Health Network 2014 Survey

16 April

The Australian Women's Health Network is currently conducting their National 2014 Survey. By taking the time to complete the survey (about 15 minutes) you will be helping to plan for the future of AWHN on several fronts. The survey will help AWHN better understand what services you find useful, what you could do without and what else could be done in the area of women's health and well being. 

As an incentive (not that you really need one) we are also offering a fabulous $100 gift voucher as a prize. 

Sue Salthouse on 91.1FM, ACT tomorrow

10 April

International Women's Day Award Winner and renowned disability advocate, Sue Salthouse will talk about her life and work tomorrow from 3pm on YES SHE CAN (91.1FM, CMS Radio). Be sure to tune in. 

Being Board Ready: A Guide for Women

2 April

The Women's Advisory Council in WA has released Being Board Ready - a toolkit for women pursuing roles on boards. This resource includes insightful case studies, practical examples and further resources. 

Older Women's Housing Vulnerability in the ACT Focus Group

1 April

Are you worried about having secure housing into retirement? ACT Shelter would like to invite you to talk about your situation and discuss with other women possible solutions. 

The older women's housing vulnerability in the ACT focus group will take place on 9 April 10am-1pm with tea and lunch provided. 

For more information on getting involved contact or (02) 6247 3727. 

ERA Submission to Senate Inquiry on Affordable Housing

28 March

ERA has this week made a submission to the Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into Affordable Housing. We have used this submission to shine a light on the issue of older, single women retiring into housing uncertainty and proposed a suite of measures to address Australia's chronic housing affordability problem. Please find the submission attached. 

Project on older women's housing vulnerability in the ACT

21 March

ACT Shelter is conducting research into the housing needs of women in the ACT in the later part of their lives.

As part of this research, ACT Shelter is inviting women who are single (with or without children), aged 45 and above, and who don't think they will own their home outright by the time they retire, to tell their stories. 

You can complete the research survey here. For more information about this project, contact Lisa at 

Apply Now: Women Towards Sustainability e-Leaders Program

19 March

The National Rural Women's Coalition has launched the Women Towards Sustainability e-Leaders Program. The NRWC is calling for applications from women who are primary producers and/or women working in the area of sustainability who want to improve natural resource management and environmental sustainability of their enterprise and/or local catchment. 

Applications close 4 April, 4pm AEST. 

Women Defendants to AVOs: What is their experience of the justice system?

19 March

Women's Legal Services NSW (WLS) has released Women Defendants to AVOs: What is their experience of the justice system? 

This report is the start of an evidence base that will lead to a better understanding of this issue and improve practice for all in the legal system. The results illustrate some of the systemic issues experienced by women AVO defendants. 

Call for Papers: Our Work Our Lives Conference

14 March

The Our Work Our Lives 2014 Conference website is now live! You are invited to register and/or submit an abstract.

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended and the new deadline is 31st March, 2014.

Financial Abuse Online Survey - Share your story!

12 March

“He controlled all the money. I had to show him receipts for every cent I spent.”

“I trusted him to manage all our money, now I’m left with all his debts.”

“When we got married, I had a job, a car and I was saving up to buy a house. The marriage is over and I’ve got nothing.”

“We were both on good salaries, but we never seemed to have enough money. I kept wondering where all the money was going.”

“Every time I tried to talk about money, he’d get angry.”

Sound familiar? 

2014 Sustaining Women's Empowerment in Communities and Organisations Awards

11 March

The Australian Centre for Leadership for Women (ACLW) has awarded organisations and women nationally who empower other women through sustainable inititatives. 

Happy International Women's Day

7 March

The 8th of March marks International Women's Day.The theme for this year is Equality for Women is Progress for All.

The Equality Rights Alliance would like to wish all of our 60+ member organisations in the women's sector, our sister women's alliances and all women a Happy International Women's Day!

A photo of ERA Members at Parliament House in February 2014 with a Happy International Women's Day banner across the top.

Canberra Close Up with Marie Coleman

28 February

Local ACT ABC Radio 666 recently profiled National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) Social Policy Committee Chair and Equality Rights Alliance member Marie Coleman.

"Journalist, feminist, social activist, public servant; Marie Coleman's career has been illustrious and pioneering"

 You can listen to the program here

Language to Action Forum a Success

27 February

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.

Women and Money Survey

19 February

Over the last 30 years, there have been major changes in the numbers of women who are in paid work, and in the ways single and partnered women deal with money. 

Professors Roslyn Russell (RMIT University) and Amalia Di Lorio (La Trobe University) are leading an investigation into Australian women's experiences with managing money. 

The next stage of the research project is a 15 minute public survey open to all women. Please feel free to take part in this survey to be part of this valuable research. 

ERA's Parliamentary Advocacy and Training Day

19 February

ERA Members together at Parliament House

Last Wednesday over 30 ERA members visited Parliament House, Canberra to advocate on a number of issues pertinent to the ERA membership including affordable housing for older, single women. 

Together we met with 24 parliamentarians and 9 advisors to parliamentarians over a space of 9 hours totalling 16 and a half hours meeting time. 

Scholarship for Ahead of the Game Program

18 February

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. 

Early Bird Registrations for Is Prison Obsolete?

13 February

Early bird registrations have opened for the Is Prison Obsolete? conference in October, 2014. Keynote speakers include:

  • Professor Angela Davis
  • Gina Dent
  • Dr Erica. R Meiners
  • Dr Sharon McIver
  • Kim Pate
  • Antoinette Braybrook
  • Priscilla Collins
  • Debbie Kilroy, Sisters Inside
  • Melissa Lucashenko
  • Dr Anne Summers