Member Notices

2015 Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

Work is underway to bring together advocates in Australia in preparation for the 2015 CSW. 

UN Women  has organised a meeting/workshop at the ANU on Tuesday 5 August from 9am to 1pm as part of a collaborative sector-based initiative to provide policy support to government planning for CSW59.

Beijing 20 Review

JERA International is currently undertaking the Australian NGO 20 year review of the Beijing Platform for Action. Information will be gathered from civil society groups and individuals throughout July and August, 2014.

Intersectionality & The Incidence of Violence Against Women with Disabilities

11 June

The Domestic Violence Prevention Council is holding this seminar on Tuesday 24 June from 2-4pm at the Inspire Centre, Building 25 University of Canberra. 

This Seminar will enable community members, service practitioners, academics and researchers, to share their expertise and contribute to discussion about the effects of the intersection of gender and disability discrimination on the incidence and nature of violence against women with disabilities, and how we can improve responses.

Reclaiming Feminism: EnGendering Change

10 June

Reclaiming Feminism: EnGendering Change is a national summit for Australia's leading feminists, educators and policy makers. Submissions are invited for the presentation of papers and facilitation of workshops which address the following questions:

  •  How is feminism relevant to young people, parents, educators and policy leaders today?
  • Where are the spaces and opportunities for feminist influence on policy and practice in Australian education systems?
  • How can feminist approaches be promoted, embedded and sustained for long term social change?

Email for the date claimer and call for submissions document. 

Registration for the conference opens 30 June. Visit the AWE Conference site for program updates. 

Making an Australia for all ages- What's the plan?

Tue, 22/07/2014 - 09:00

National Press Club, Canberra

It is expected that by 2056 one in four people living in Australia will be over the age of 65 and 1.8 million of them will be over 85.

This reality is the subject of much public debate and has been the focus of a number of recent publications which focus on the financial and working lives of older Australians and ask them to make significant sacrifices to manage this future.

COTA Australia sees the need for a more integrated approach. This forum will focus on how ready Australia is to harness the potential and meet the challenge of our rapidly ageing society.

The forum features a number of speakers, including a keynote from Travers McLeod CEO, Centre for Policy Development. 

Registration information is available here. 

Upcoming CEDAW Shadow Report Consultations

5 June

Join YWCA Australia for the final face to face consultations as part of the development of the 2014 CEDAW Shadow Report. Each of these consultations focus on the issues affecting a specific group of women who continue to experience significant barriers to claiming their human rights. 

The consultations include a 2 hour training session on the UN Convention on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and how it can be used to affect change in domestic advocacy work. 

The Rights of Single Mothers and their Children (in partnership with Friends of Single Parents)

Date: Thursday 26 June

Time: 10am-3pm

Venue: YHotel Conference Centre (Mezzanine A Room), 5-11 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney CBD

RSVP: Online or by emailing Kiri Dicker 

You can download the flyer for the event here

The Rights of Migrant and Refugee Women (in partnership with the Multicultural Centre for Women's Health)

Date: Thursday 3 July

Time: 10am-3pm

Venue: Multicultural Centre for Women's Health, 134 Cambridge St, Collingwood

RSVP: Online or by emailing Kiri Dicker at 

Download the event flyer here

There is still time to register and contribute to the online webinar on the rights of rural and remote women on 11July. Register here or by emailing Kiri Dicker at 

Women and Prisons: A New Direction?

Sat, 12/07/2014 - 09:00

NCWSA House, 95 South Tce, Adelaide

Soroptimist International of South Australia will host this three hour forum. Guest speakers include:

  • Mr Darian Shephard-Bayly, General Manager Adelaide Women's Prison
  • Bernie McGinnes, Principal Advisor Women Offenders
  • Ann Rymill, Community Visitor Scheme

RSVP July 1st 2014 or Di 0417 867 149

Entry is by gold coin donation. 

Pacific Women - Shaping Pacific Development

30 May

Keep up to date with our Sisters in the Pacific region with is a website developed under the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development Initiative (Pacific Women) to improve information sharing on gender equality in the Pacific region. Enhanced knowledge and evidence to inform policy and practice is essential to achieving gender equality.

The website includes a resources hub of information and research, an events page and information on current projects. 

Help IWDA win Funding for Research on Violence against Women

30 May

With a simple Like, Share and Tweet you could help one of ERA's member organisations, the International Women's Development Agency - IWDA,  win funding for their research into violence against women in the Pacific. IWDA has entered the global 5-minute science fair competition for research on gender-based violence. By watching IWDA's 5 minute video and liking, tweeting and pinning the video you will help IWDA on their way to winning funding to continue this vital research. 

Have your say on the issues affecting Australian women: The Rights of Rural Women

Wed, 11/06/2014 - 19:30

Online Webinar

During May and June, YWCA Australia and partners will be facilitating a number of consultations to inform the 2014 Shadow Report on the United Nations Convention to End All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). 

The Rights of Rural Women webinar is hosted in partnership with the National Rural Women's Coalition. You will need a stable internet connection and a headset to particpate in this webinar. A member of the team will contact you by email prior to the webinar with further information. 

RSVPs Essential: Online at or by emailing Kiri Dicker at 

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