Member Notices

Launch of 50+ Report- Parliamentary Forum

Date
Tue, 18/11/2014 - 09:30
Location

Stranger's Lounge, NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street,

Sydney

Every year COTA NSW surveys people over 50 around NSW about the policy issues that affect their everyday lives. Housing is a hot topic in NSW, and COTA NSW felt it was important to research some of the related issues for older people in NSW. Some of the emerging issues in this year’s 50+ Report will reveal our findings about housing affordability, whether people are happy with where they live and whether older people feel that their homes will suit their needs as they age (housing design).

Sydney Older Women's Network (OWN) International Women's Day Festival of Ideas

Date
Fri, 06/03/2015 - 10:00
Location

Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney

OWN's Festival of Ideas 2015: United We Stand 

The Older Women's Network (OWN) are inviting women from all walks of life to meet and talk as part of this festival. The event will also have guest speakers and key topics for discussion by participants.

Entry is free but a gold coin donation is appreciated!

For more information on OWN, visit the website.

One Month to Go! The first International Dialogue on Women in Leadership

21 October

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Don't miss this G20-related event. The first International Dialogue on Women in Leadership. The Dialogue will be held from 16-17 November at the Queensland Conservatorim, Griffith University, South Bank. 

Speakers include:

  • Australia's Foreign Minister the Hon Julie Bishop MP
  • The Hon Quentin Bryce AD CVO
  • Maria Atkinson AM
  • Prof Iris Bohnet
  • Winnie Byanyima, and more. 

Information on registration is available here. 

NGO Workshop and Training Session on Australia's Universal Periodic Review - Canberra

Date
Thu, 27/11/2014 - 12:30
Location

YWCA of Canberra, Level 5, 161 London Circuit, Canberra, ACT

A workshop to share information and insights on the UPR process, discuss key human rights issues and develop collective strategies ahead of Australia's upcoming UPR …

Australia's upcoming review by the UN Human Rights Council provides an important opportunity for Australian NGOs to encourage and influence the Australian Government to improve the protection and promotion of human rights and fulfil its international obligations.

Workshop participants will share insights and learnings from Australia's first UPR, discuss progress on the implementation of recommendations from the previous review and discuss key issues, opportunities and strategies for the upcoming UPR in 2015.

…and a training session on using international human rights in Australian advocacy

Prior to the workshop the Equality Rights Alliance will provide an introduction to the international human rights framework (with an emphasis on the rights of women) and identify methods of using international rights in a domestic setting.

Date: Thursday 27 November 2014  

Time: 12:30 – 1pm - Lunch

                 1 – 2pm - Using International Human Rights in Australian Advocacy

             2:15 – 5pm - General NGO UPR Workshop

RSVP: by Wednesday 19 November to Alyssa Shaw at era.admin@ywca.org.au. Please specify if you would like to attend both the training and workshop events. 

Please contact Alyssa Shaw at era.admin@ywca.org.au in relation to any access requirements.

 This workshop is presented by the National Association of Community Legal Centres, The Human Rights Law Centre, Kingsford legal Centre, the National Women's Alliances and the Equality Rights Alliance. Thanks to YWCA of Canberra for providing us with a venue.

 For more information about the UPR and workshops in other cities/towns please visit the National Association of Legal Communities website.

NGO Workshop on Australia's Universal Periodic Review - Sydney

Date
Mon, 03/11/2014 - 09:30
Location

Australian Human Rights Commission: Hearing Room 1, Level 3, 175 Pitt Street, Sydney 2000  

A workshop to share information and insights on the UPR process, discuss key human rights issues and develop collective strategies ahead of Australia’s upcoming UPR   

Australia’s upcoming review by the UN Human Rights Council provides an important opportunity for Australian NGOs to encourage and influence the Australian Government to improve the protection and promotion of human rights and fulfil its international obligations. The UPR provides a number of opportunities for NGO involvement. We are working to co-ordinate a Joint NGO Report on behalf of a large coalition of NGOs representing the breadth of civil society in Australia. Experience has shown that we get better outcomes when we coordinate report-writing and advocacy with UN mechanisms. 

This NGO workshop is being held in partnership with the Australian Human Rights Commission. Participants will share insights and learnings from Australia’s first UPR, discuss progress on the implementation of recommendations from the previous review, and discuss key issues, opportunities and strategies for the upcoming UPR in 2015.

Date: Monday 3 November 2014  

Time: 9:30am -12:30pm

RSVP: by Wednesday 29 October to Penny Gerstle at Penny.Gerstle@humanrights.gov.au. You can also contact Penny on (02) 9284 9707 in relation to any access requirements.   

For more information about the UPR and workshops in other cities/towns please visit the National Assosication of Community Legal Centres website.

NGO Workshop on Australia's Universal Periodic Review

Date
Wed, 22/10/2014 - 10:00
Location

Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission

Level 3, 204 Lygon St, Carlton, 3053

Australia’s upcoming review by the UN Human Rights Council provides an important opportunity for Australian NGOs to encourage and influence the Australian Government to improve the protection and promotion of human rights and fulfil its international obligations. The UPR provides a number of opportunities for NGO involvement. We are working to co-ordinate a Joint NGO Report on behalf of a large coalition of NGOs representing the breadth of civil society in Australia. Experience has shown that we get better outcomes when we coordinate report-writing and advocacy with UN mechanisms.  

Time: 10-12:30pm (lunch provided)

RSVP: by 20 October to Ian.Row@veohrc.vic.gov.au

Job Vacancy: YWCA Australia National Program Coordinator

7 October

YWCA Australia logo - royal blue triangle with YWCA inside a royal blue circle.

YWCA Australia is seeking a motivated and independent person to join their organisation in the role of National Program Coordinator. 

The closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 15 October. You can find more information about this opportunity here. 

Nominations Open for SWECO Award

16 September

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The Sustaining Women's Empowerment in Communities and Organisations (SWECO) Award is now open for applications! 

ACLW's SWECO Award in 2015 aims to honour male and female individuals, groups and organisations who have developed a sustainable inititative to:

i) empower women in a community or organisation in Australia

ii) empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in a community or organisation in Australia

iii) empower women in a community or organisation abroad.

Supported Decision Making App

Advocacy for Inclusion has launched their first ever crowdfunding campaign. They are making an App to support people with disabilities to make decisions. This will be a big help to many people becoming more independent. There is no other App anywhere that does this, particularly in plain or easy English format. 

Everyone can make their own decisions – it’s just that some people need some support to do so.

Donate to the campaign and share the word with #SDMApp

Invitation to Interview: Labour Participation, Childcare and Travel Choice of Australian Young Families

1 September

Calling parents or caregivers with children in childcare, pre-school or school! You are invited to participate in research which aims to better understand decisions you make on where you live and work and how this influences parenting, time use and travel. 

The research involves an open-ended interview (no longer than 30 minutes), where general questions are asked about the impact of housing and transport options on the way your family organises its life.This interview is approved by UC Human Research Ethics Committee (project number 13-186). Your participation is completely voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any stage of the discussion. All information collected from the interview is anonymously analysed for research and publication purposes.

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