The face of homelessness is increasingly that of a woman. Women are more vulnerable than ever with a greater likelihood of experiencing poverty and violence, putting their risk of homelessness at an all time high. Is this the face we want to show to the world on International Women’s Day 2013?
Take action today and join our campaign to guarantee the inclusion of prevention of gender-based violence in the Arms Trade Treaty.
At the end of March, all governments in the world will gather to do the final negotiations of an Arms Trade Treaty. This is our chance to make sure that prevention of armed gender-based violence (GBV) is included in the treaty. As we all know, any references and focus on gender have a tendency to end up merely as a secondary criterion or forgotten all together. It is therefore important that WILPF members pushes our governments to support specific language on GBV in the treaty.
It is now time to mobilize our sections, and make a difference!
We’ve set up a petition that every WILPF member and their friends should sign. So please spread this to your national members and networks, and encourage all your contacts to spread it. You can forward this email, share on Facebook, twitter, letter doves and message in a bottle. Each person that signs the petition also has an opportunity to sign up for our newsletters, so we also can remind them of the other great work we do throughout the year, and to hopefully report that our campaign was a success once the treaty negotiations conclude.
To celebrate those journalists and producers who seek to promote understanding and awareness about humanitarian and social justice issues in our society and stimulate public debate, the UNAA hosts an annual national awards night. One of the special awards is for the Promotion of Multicultural Issues.
Journalists and producers whose work promotes awareness of social justice and humanitarian issues are encouraged to nominate now.
MAJOR AWARD CATEGORIES:
Best Print (News & Feature)
Best Television (News, Current Affairs & Feature/Documentary)
Best Radio (News & Documentary)
SPECIAL AWARD CATEGORIES:
Promotion of Aboriginal Reconciliation
Promotion of Multicultural Issues
Promotion of Positive Images of the Older Person
Increasing Awareness & Understanding of Women’s Rights & Issues
Increasing Awareness & Understanding of Children’s Rights & Issues
The deadline for entries is 31 August 2012. For entry criteria and nomination forms please visit www.unaavictoria.org.au
UN Women are hosting an online discussion on ending violence against women and girls from 23 July – 3 August which will inform preparations for the 57th session of the Commission for the Status of Women (CSW57) in March 2013.
This is a great opportunity for you to give your views and contribute your expertise on addressing violence against women, respond to questions and share thoughts on best practice, gaps and challenges. The key themes of the discussions will feed into two reports by UN Women to inform the UN Secretary-General’s reports for CSW57 and to guide discussions between CSW members and will feed into an Expert Group Meeting on prevention (Bangkok, 17-20 September 2012) which will also present its outcomes to CSW. The reports will be published online.
23-27 July: Primary prevention
30 July-3 August: Support services and responses, across sectors
You need to register to see and participate in discussions. To register: email firstname.lastname@example.org your name, position, the name of your organization, and the country. As the message subject, write: Registering for online discussion.
In your area/region, what measures have been introduced to prevent violence against women and girls?
How have you promoted the safety of women and girls in public places, and what results have you seen?
In your area/region, what services can survivors of gender-based violence access? How much access to women have, who are subjected to multiple forms of discrimination (for example, women with disabilities, indigenous women, migrant workers, women living with HIV/AIDS?)
What protocols, systems or networks ensure that these services are delivered in a coordinated way?
Canberra Museum and Gallery (Public Meeting Room) Cnr. London Circuit and Civic Square, Canberra City
IWDA and local partner organisations have facilitated workshops in Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste where local staff with responsibilities for promoting women’s rights shared experiences of raising gender issues in a range of cultural contexts.
We will be holding learning events in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra, to share issues, outcomes and learnings from this initiative. More information is available for download below.
Celebrate young women's leadership with the launch of She Leads - a gender responsive Diploma of Management course for young women
Elizabeth Broderick (Sex Discrimination Commissioner) and Susan Brennan (World YWCA Vice President) will discuss the challenges and opportunities for young women pursuing leadership goals in their workplace and community.
Join us after for networking over drinks and canapés.