Member Notices

Nominations Open for SWECO Award

16 September

Logo with the yellow words Australian Centre for Leadership for Women with a blue background

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.

ABS Gender Indicators

27 August 

The 7th issue of the ABS Gender Indicators has been released this week. Some features from the seventh issue include:

  • 'Latest highlights' pages which emphasise the most recently released data for each domain. 
  • The 'Living with a Disability' commentary has been updated with data from the Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2012.
  • Updated data for the economic security (including the latest workforce particpation rates), education, health, safety and justice and democracy, governance and citizenship domains (including new data on Judges, Magistrates and Order of Australia recpients). 

Updated data on democracy, governance and leadership from the ABS and WGEA will be available later this year. 

Know Your Value

26 August 

economic Security4Women has launched Know Your Value - a pay and contract negotiation checklist for women

The resource is designed for women and will link them to existing information in order to facilitate the negotiation of the best employment outcomes, contributing to long term economic wellbeing. 

"In some jobs there may little or no room to negotiate, however, women need to find out what is -and is not- negotiable and then work our which checklist items are relevant to the job being considered" said Ms Sandra Cook, Chairperson of economic Security4Women, a National Women's Alliance. 

Reclaiming Feminism: Engendering Change

15 August

Reclaiming Feminism: Engendering Change

A Landmark National Summit for Educators and Policy Makers

Friday, October 3 2014- Saturday, October 4

at Mercy Place, Bardon, Brisbane

The Reclaiming Feminism: EnGendering Change conference "above all, promotes the role of feminist thought and practice in creating new visions for Australian education, dominated as it now is by a masculinised economic model of private interest and competition." (Professor Raewyn Connell, keynote speaker). 

B+20: Get Involved

14 August 

A Beijing+20 Review word cloud including the words: participate, caravans, Australia, Beijing, Policy, Platform, Action etc

JERA International is currently undertaking the Beijing +20 year review. You can read more about this process here. You can get involved in this the review by:

  • running a caravan (or conversation group). This can be with 3 people or 30 people! You can find the toolkit for running caravans here. We will be posting caravan events on the events page here
  • doing the survey here
  • and by spreading the word and sharing this information with your networks. 

Progress of the World's Women

7 August

"(This report) shows that where laws and justice systems work well, they can provide an essential mechanism for women to realize their human rights. However, it also underscores the fact that, despite widespread guarantees of equality, the reality for many millions of women is that justice remains out of reach." 

Michelle Bachelet , Executive Director UN Women 

Progress of the World's Women - In Pursuit of Justice, the biennial flagship report of UN Women, has just been released. This issue, In Pursuit of Justice, examines the legal barriers and inequities too many women experience, as well as the progress  made in access to justice for women.

Home Truths: Older Women's Housing Vulnerability in the ACT

4 August 

"The problem of ageing and gender and homelessness is so big the reality is it will swamp all previous expectations or discussions or plans... We have to think quickly and radically outside that square and we have to engage the private sector."

McFerran quoted from Grey, 2013 

ACT Shelter has released Home Truths: Older Women's Housing Vulnerability in the ACT, a report on older women facing housing stress and homelessness. 

The report makes four recommendations for the ACT:

2015 Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59)

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

UN Women  has already organised a meeting/workshop which took place on 5 August and was a valuable collaborative sector-based initiative to provide policy support to government planning for CSW59.



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