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.
Does your organisation know of an individual who is passionate about the issues facing rural women?
ERA is looking for a delegate to attend the Rural Women’s Summit as part of the National Rural Women Coalition’s Conference in February. The Summit is a gathering of approximately 60 women from across Australia to discuss issues affecting women in regional and remote areas.
Thanks to the Office for Women and the Rural Women’s Coalition, we are able to:
Fund the delegate’s registration for the entire conference (18-20 February); and
Cover the delegate’s accommodation and travel costs (to a maximum of $1,000).
The delegate would be required to participate in the Rural Women’s Summit on ERA’s behalf from 8:30 -4:30 on 20 February. Sponsorship is only available to individuals who have not already registered for the conference.
ERA must lodge the nomination form by Friday 25 January, so let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP if you know of someone who might be interested.
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.