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.
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.
Seeking mechanisms to achieve equality and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women is a significant priority for NATSIWA. Hear about NATSIWA's agenda for coalition building in our efforts to achieve our vision: "To protect the health, human rights and fundamental freedoms that are significant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women, through cultural preservation, health education and coalition building".
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 inquiry into affordable housing has been established by the Senate Economics References Committee.
The Equality Rights Alliance welcomes the Terms of Reference for the inquiry which will look at a a number of issues, including "planning and policies that will ensure that women, particularly vulnerable women, have access to secure, appropriate, affordable and adaptable accommodation".
Information on submissions, which are due 25 March 2014, is available here.
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.
Presented by ActionAid, Frocking Hilarious is the only all-women line up at the Sydney Comedy Festival. Headlined by ActionAid ambassador Judith Lucy, Frocking Hilarious will once again bring you a line-up of Australia's funniest women to celebrate women's rights through the power of laughter.
After last year's sell-out show this year's event boasts some of the strongest female voices in Australian comedy, including Denise Scott, Fiona O'Loughlin, George McEnroe, and ActionAid ambassador Claire Hooper.
All profits go to ActionAid's work empowering women living in poverty to stand up for their human rights.