NGO Applications for the Australian Government CSW61 Delegation & Side Events are open!

NGO Delegates

Office for Women is inviting all interested individuals, academics, and representatives of non-government organisations to put forward an application to be included in the Australian Government delegation to CSW61. Applications close 11.59pm AEDST Sunday 30 October* 2016. To apply, please visit the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet website

Australian hosted CSW60 side events

Office for Women is calling for expressions of interest from civil society interested in co-hosting an Australian Government side event at CSW61. Expressions of interest close 11.59pm AEDST Sunday 30 October 2016. To apply, please visit the Deparment of Prime Minister and Cabinet website here

*Please note there has been a one week extension from the original 23 October deadline for the NGO delegate positions. 

A Whole Generation out of Date: Young People's Stories of Sex Education

ERA's Young Women's Advisory Group has released A Whole Generation out of Date: Young People's Stories of Sex Education

The report captures findings from the focus groups led by and with young people as part of the Let's Talk: Young Women's Views on Sex Education survey. 

You can access the report HERE

#CSW61 Consultation: UNAA Forum on the Economic Empowerment of Women and Girls

22 August 

The United Nations Association of Australia will host a Consultative Forum in Melbourne, 5-6 September 2016, on the theme: The Economic Empowerment of Women and Girls

This theme aligns with the focus for the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), to be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in March 2017. 

This one and a half day forum will include expert keynote speakers, and a range of thematic discussions in which delegates will be encouraged to share their professional and personal insights to workshop a multi-sectoral action plan to advance economic empowerment of women and girls.

Registration and program. Please note, a discount is available for ERA members, contact Sophie Arnold at sophie@unaavictoria.org.au for more information. 

Putting Women at the Centre: A Policy Forum

8 August

One more week to register for the Women's Policy Forum in Melbourne on 16 August

Women and men experience the impacts of policy differently. Recognising this, the Power to Persuade and Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, have jointly initated the Women's Policy Action Tank. This one-day forum will cast a gender lens over policy design and implementation in selected key areas impacting women's wellbeing, searching for the threads that link the experiences of diverse groups of women and the patterns of disadvanatege that patriarchy creates. 

More information about the event and registration is available HERE

Participants Wanted: Study on inheritance in farming/primary producer families

3 August

This study explores inheritance in farming families ('farming' includes all types of primary production in this context). Previous research on this topic has tended to focus on farm succession issues, and has involved farming parents and their successors, who are normally sons. This study aims to increase understanding of farming family inheritance by taking a more comprehensive approach (by looking further than just farm succession), and by involving daughters to learn about their experiences and perspectives on this topic.

More information on the study is available here and info on particpation is available here

Calling Young Women: YWAG applications open!

18 July

ERA's Young Women's Advisory Group (YWAG) is after another member to join and be part of their work amplifying young women's voices in the national policy space. YWAG is an opportunity to meet and work with young women from across Australia too advocate on issues that are important to young women.

If you are between the ages of 16-30 and live in Tasmania, South Australia, the Northern Territory or Western Australia, you are eligible to apply for YWAG.

Email Hannah at era.projects@ywca.org.au for an application form. Applications close 26 August 2016.

Vote Home: Let's End the Housing Crisis by 2025


20 May

Every night, more than 105,000 Australians don’t have a place to call home. That’s one in every 200 people. Women face some of the biggest housing challenges in our community. 

With your support and enough political will, we can end both homelessness and the housing crisis.

That’s why we're building a movement of Australians declaring their vote this election is a Vote Home. Join the movement here

A Vote Home is a vote for a national strategy to address housing affordability and a vote for all political parties to commit to end the housing crisis by 2025.

You can read more about housing affordability as an election priority for ERA here

NFAW's 2016-17 Budget Gender Lens

16 May

The National Foundation for Australian Women has released their Budget Gender Lens - a comprehensive gender analysis of measures in the Federal Budget. Without an official Women's Budget Statement, NFAW's Budget Gender Lens gives us the clearest picture of what Budget 16/17 means for women. 

Following careful, expert, non-partisan analysis of the Budget, NFAW makes 50 recommendations across a range of policy areas- workplace relations, health, education, housing, domestic violence, taxation, superannuation and more, as well as some related to machinery of government and data. 

The full document is available here

Safety First in Family Law

10 May

Over 90 organisations have joined Women's Legal Services Australia (WLSA) and Rosie Batty and the Never Alone campaign to call on the leaders of all major political parties to put Safety First in Family Law.

An open letter has been sent to the Prime Minister, Opposition Leader and Leader of the Greens calling for real action to address the crisis in family law. 

Can you make sure that all our political leaders commit to the five step plan? 

  • Stand with Rosie and the Never Alone campaign by signing the petition to fix family law. 
  • Write to the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Greens asking them to put safety of women and children first in family law by adopting the five step plan in the lead up to the 2016 election. 
  • Share the campaign on social media and get your friends and networks involved. 

Read more about the campaign at safetyinfamilylaw.org.au/

ACLW's 2016 Diversity Award

27 April 

Nominations for the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women's 2016 Diversity Award close on 12 May. 

The 2016 Diversity Award refines the spirit of ACLW's Award Program as it seeks to platform in a mainstream forum, recognition for community and organisational initiatives in Australia that value and empower women in Australia who come from diverse backgrounds, and particularly from groups that are marginalised.

More information and application forms are available on the ACLW website here.  

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