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At the Office for Women we often hear about initiatives, programs and events that are of benefit to women. In order to enhance the lives of South Australian women, we regularly collect and mail out links to these items in our Office for Women eNews. This eNews is open to members of the community with an interest in promoting women's empowerment and inclusion.

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125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage - community grants

125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage - community grants

125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage - community grants

In December 2019 South Australia celebrates 125 years of women's suffrage in South Australia! This historic political moment enfranchised women across the state, and meant they could not only vote but could also stand for Parliament.

The state government is offering grants of up to $5,000 to local councils and not-for profit organisations, to help groups across South Australia publicly celebrate the anniversary and recognise the importance of this achievement throughout 2019. A total of $125,000 will be available.

Celebration activities need to be delivered to the community by 31 December 2019.

There are groups of people in our communities who often don’t have the chance to tell their stories. Recognising that it is important for everyone to see a reflection of their lives in history and in future opportunity, initiatives that reflect and/or engage the stories of women from groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women; women with disability; and women from diverse backgrounds such as refugee or migrant women will be assessed as a priority group. However, all applications will be carefully considered, in accordance with the evaluation process.

Applications close on 15 February 2019 at 2:00PM Adelaide time.

Click here to find out more about the community grants on the Tenders SA website

Click here to access info on the OFW website about women's suffrage in SA

Guidelines for the community grants are available here

Information Session

Have questions? An information session will be held on Wednesday 30 January 2019 at 3pm. To register for the information session please email Leah.Puletama2@sa.gov.au before 9am Wednesday 30 January 2019.

Successful applications will be announced on 8 March 2019.

Office for Women eNews - 20 December 2018

Office for Women eNews - 20 December 2018

Office for Women eNews - 20 December 2018

This is the final Office for Women eNews for the year! We wish you all a safe and happy festive season, and look forward to bringing you all the news, events and opportunities we can find for South Australian women in 2019.

Click on the below headings to jump to a section:

FYI
Events
Opportunities
Research
WIS

FYI

Useful phone numbers for the Christmas period

The festive season can be difficult for some, but there's no need to go it alone. Here are some useful phone numbers in case you or someone you know needs assistance during this time:

  • 1800RESPECT: National 24/7 telephone counselling line for domestic and family violence, and sexual assault
    1800 737 732 / www.1800respect.org.au
  • Domestic Violence Crisis Line in SA: 1800 800 098
  • Lifeline – Crisis and suicide support: 13 11 14
  • Homelessness gateway SA: 1800 003 308
  • Mental health triage: 13 14 65
  • DHS list of emergency numbers: https://dhs.sa.gov.au/contact/emergency-contacts

'Links to Wellbeing' counselling service

Links to Wellbeing is an easy access, no cost, mental health support service available to people living in Central and Southern Adelaide. The vision of this government-funded service is to improve health outcomes for children, young people and adults who experience mental health issues.

The range of services offered by Links to Wellbeing include:

  • Lived Experience Telephone Support Service (LETSS) - this is a peer-based phone and online chat support service
  • Low-intensity assessment and intervention
  • Psychological therapies
  • Suicide prevention service
  • Perinatal program
  • Severe mental health service

Click here to learn more about Links to Wellbeing.

International Women's Day 2019

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated around the world on the 8th of March and is a day to reflect on the advancements made towards gender equality and the progress still to be made.  Each year UN Women National Committee Australia hosts some of the largest IWD events around the country with the Adelaide breakfast consistently being the largest IWD event in the country!

The theme for IWD 2019 is ‘More Powerful Together’ and recognises the important role women, men and gender diverse peoples play to advance gender equality. It takes all of us, working in collaboration and across that which sometimes divides us, breaking down stereotypes and gendered roles to create a world where women and girls everywhere have equal rights and opportunities. It requires all of our participation to accelerate change and create a world where everyone can live a life free from violence and full of opportunity.

'More Powerful Together' is a call to take a stand in unison for gender equality.

Tickets for the Adelaide IWD Breakfast will go on sale in February 2019. Sign up to the Adelaide IWD Breakfast mailing list to be notified when tickets go on sale!

Events

Code Like A Girl - Junior Coding Camps

Code Like a Girl is a social enterprise providing girls and women with the confidence, tools, knowledge and support to enter, and flourish, in the world of coding. The organisation is offering two Junior Coding Camps in January 2019, for girls aged 8-11 or 12-15. At these events, girls will be able to use block coding, work with HTML and CSS, and complete challenges to bring their creativity to life.

Click here to find out more about events being held by Code Like a Girl in South Australia.

Girls in Politics - Camp United Nations!

Camp United Nations for Girls is a political leadership program that introduces teen girls ages to international politics and the work of the United Nations. Participants learn about the specific work undertaken by the United Nations’ boards, commissions, committees, councils and panels and working groups.

Camp United Nations for Girls is ideal for girls with an interest in politics. The delegate fee covers all program materials and meals. For additional information visit the website at www.girlsinpolitics.org, email info@girlsinpolitics.org.

Date: 28 February 2019
Time: 9am-5pm

Click here for more information on Camp United Nations for Teen Girls Adelaide!

    Opportunities

    Community grants - 125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage

    In December 2019 the Office for Women is celebrating the 125th anniversary of landmark legislation that enabled women in South Australia – for the first time anywhere in Australia – to vote in general elections, and to stand as members of Parliament.

    The State Government is offering grants of up to $5,000 to local councils and non-for-profit organisations to host events and develop initiatives that celebrate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in South Australia in 2019.

    A total of $125,000 will be provided to support the community to commemorate this important date in the state’s history.

    Click here for more information, including how to apply

    Pathways to Empowerment now open for Term 1 2019

    Pathways to Empowerment is a 9 week course for women who have experienced domestic violence. For participants, the group is about reconnecting with themselves, working out what sort of life they want, and the practical steps they can take to achieve this. It will include creative activities to help participants think about their hopes, values and skills; and provides information and support if participants would like to study or get a job.

    The course runs for 9 weeks in the Hackham area, 9:30am - 2pm on Wednesdays starting February 6 2019.

    For more information or to register please contact the Zahra Foundation - call 8352 1889 or email admin@zahrafoundation.org.au.

    Consultation on surrogacy

    The South Australian government is holding a consultation on the South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI) report into SA surrogacy laws, and the draft Surrogacy Bill 2018.

    The government has developed a draft Surrogacy Bill 2018, reflecting the recommendations in SALRI 's report into South Australian surrogacy laws. Interested South Australians are invited to provide feedback on both the SALRI report recommendations, and the draft Surrogacy Bill 2018.

    Click here to find out more about the SA government consultation on surrogacy in South Australia.

    The consultation closes on Friday 15 February 2019.

    Statewide consultation - LGBTIQ+ young people

    Survey for LGBTIQ+ young people

    The Department of Human Services (Office for Youth) has asked YACSA to consult with LGBTIQ+ young people in SA to:

    • Develop a better understanding of your needs, experiences and ideas and opinions.
    • Identify what services or supports are currently working well.
    • Determine how government and other organisations can continue to improve supports or opportunities going forward.

    As part of this project YACSA are holding a survey for LGBTIQ+ young people in South Australia.

    Click here to find out more or to take the survey for LGBTIQ+ young people.

    Survey for community sector workers and volunteers

    The Office for Youth have designed a short survey to hear from people who work or volunteer to support young people across South Australia. It aims to find out more about what works well in terms of supporting young LGBTIQ+ people, and what else might be needed. It links in to other LGBTIQ+ inclusion work undertaken by the Department of Human Services (DHS), which you can read more about here.

    Click here to find out more or to take the survey for community workers and volunteers that work with LGBTIQ+ young people.

    Both surveys close on 2 January 2019.

    Training: Supporting Resilient Workers - Addressing vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout

    Vicarious trauma refers to the changes that take place, over time, in workers in helping roles with traumatised people. Good practice and management of vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout is becoming critical as government and non-government services alike face increasingly complex demand with contracting resources.

    Workers will come away equipped to recognise and address their own experiences in the workplace and support colleagues and their organisation to recognise and manage these very common effects of working with trauma. The training draws on learning around vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout as well as post-trauma growth.

    This course is for workers in helping roles and is being held in Clare on Wednesday 27 February 2019.

    To find out more about this training please contact Fiona Meade on 0452 040 997 or email fionameade@outlook.com.

    Activism Now! Centre of Democracy Call for Participation

    Millennials often get a bad rap. Activism has changed radically in the digital age. Young people are still active activists, but in ways that some older generations may not see or recognise as forms of activism. This project will explore contemporary activism, as practiced by young South Australians (18 to 25 years old) who identify as womenThe project has various opportunities for individuals to participate. These include:

    • Writing for the Centre of Democracy’s blog
    • Short features on the Centre of Democracy’s social media channels
    • An exhibition featuring up to 6 individuals
    • Floor talks and panel discussions at the Centre of Democracy for various events, including during South Australia’s History Festival

    Click here to find out more about Activism Now!

    Expressions of interest must be submitted by 5pm Friday 21 December 2018.

    Australian Government Integrated Carer Support Service grants

    The Australian Government is inviting applications in an open process to apply to deliver services under the Integrated Carer Support Services from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2024.

    This grant process will select a new network of Carer Gateway regional delivery partners (RDPs) across Australia to help carers access new and improved local and targeted services including:

    • needs assessment and planning;
    • in-person and phone-based coaching, counselling and in person peer support;
    • information and advice;
    • targeted financial support packages with a focus on supporting employment, education, respite access and transport;
    • access to emergency crisis support; and
    • assistance with navigating relevant, local services available to carers through federal, state and local government and non-government providers, including the National Disability Insurance Scheme, My Aged Care and palliative care.

    RDPs will also conduct outreach activities, and link to social, health, education, community and cultural groups, to better understand regional and rural needs.

    Click here to learn more about Integrated Carer Support Service grants.

    This grant round closes 14 February 2019.

    Women's Information Service (WIS)

    Christmas closure

    WIS will be closed for a short time over Christmas and New Year from Monday 24 December 2018, reopening on Wednesday 2 January 2019. During this time you can still access information on the WIS website here: http://officeforwomen.sa.gov.au/womens-information-service

    We look forward to seeing you all again in 2019 at the WIS shopfront (101 Grenfell street), online and on our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

    Zahra Foundation Financial Counsellor at the Women's Information Service

    The Zahra Foundation Outreach at the Women’s Information Service (WIS) provides women affected by domestic and family violence with the chance to meet with a specialist financial counsellor.

    The outreach service is available at WIS on alternate Thursdays from 10am to 4pm. Women are welcome to visit or phone WIS and chat to the Financial Counsellor while she is onsite. Or, you can make an appointment with the Zahra Foundation office by phoning 08 8352 1889.

    Visit the Women's Information Service website for more information.

    Office for Women eNews - 20 November 2018

    Office for Women eNews - 20 November 2018

    Office for Women eNews - 20 November 2018

    Welcome to the Office for Women eNews bulletin. Keep reading for all the details on upcoming events and initiatives for SA women!

    Click on the below headings to jump to a section:

    FYI
    Events
    Opportunities
    Research
    WIS

    FYI

    16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

    From 25 November to 10 December, the world engages in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The 16 Days stretch from the International Day to End Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) on 25 November, to Human Rights Day on 10 December. Each year, UN Women choose a theme for the 16 Days, in order to draw international approaches together under one banner. The 2018 theme is 'Orange the World: #HearMeToo'. This theme has been developed to extend on campaigns such as #MeToo, #Niunamenos, #TimesUp, #NotOneMore, and others. As in previous years, the colour orange will be a key theme unifying all activities, with buildings and landmarks lit and decorated in orange to bring global attention to the initiative.

    Click here to read more about the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence.

    Pathways to Empowerment now open for Term 1 2019

    Pathways to Empowerment is a 9 week course for women who have experienced domestic violence. For participants, the group is about reconnecting with themselves, working out what sort of life they want, and the practical steps they can take to achieve this. It will include creative activities to help participants think about their hopes, values and skills; and provides information and support if participants would like to study or get a job.

    The course runs for 9 weeks in the Hackham area, 9:30am - 2pm on Wednesdays starting February 6 2019.

    For more information or to register please contact the Zahra Foundation - call 8352 1889 or email admin@zahrafoundation.org.au.

    'Links to Wellbeing' counselling service

    Links to Wellbeing is an easy access, no cost, mental health support service available to people living in Central and Southern Adelaide. The vision of this government-funded service is to improve health outcomes for children, young people and adults who experience mental health issues.

    The range of services offered by Links to Wellbeing include:

    • Lived Experience Telephone Support Service (LETSS) - this is a peer-based phone and online chat support service
    • Low-intensity assessment and intervention
    • Psychological therapies
    • Suicide prevention service
    • Perinatal program
    • Severe mental health service

    Click here to learn more about Links to Wellbeing.

    International Women's Day 2019

    International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated around the world on the 8th of March and is a day to reflect on the advancements made towards gender equality and the progress still to be made.  Each year UN Women National Committee Australia hosts some of the largest IWD events around the country with the Adelaide breakfast consistently being the largest IWD event in the country!

    The theme for IWD 2019 is ‘More Powerful Together’ and recognises the important role women, men and gender diverse peoples play to advance gender equality. It takes all of us, working in collaboration and across that which sometimes divides us, breaking down stereotypes and gendered roles to create a world where women and girls everywhere have equal rights and opportunities. It requires all of our participation to accelerate change and create a world where everyone can live a life free from violence and full of opportunity.

    'More Powerful Together' is a call to take a stand in unison for gender equality.

    Tickets for the Adelaide IWD Breakfast will go on sale in February 2019. Sign up to the Adelaide IWD Breakfast mailing list to be notified when tickets go on sale!

    Her Story: Inspiring Women in Science

    Women have made significant contributions to science throughout history. Held by the SA Museum, Her Story: Inspiring Women in Science will celebrate four amazing women who are blazing their own trails and encouraging others to follow in their footsteps. By sharing their stories, these role models inspire the next generation of young women to follow their dreams and careers in science and humanities.

    Between November 2018 and November 2019 four women will be featured in the SA Museum foyer: Dr Catherine Kemper, Prof Tanya Monro, Dr Hannah Brown, and Rebecca Richards.

    Click here to find out more about the SA Museum series 'Her Story'.

    Events

    City of Charles Sturt 'Act of Love' exhibition

    During the 16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, The City of Charles Sturt invites you to view the Act of Love – a portrait story exhibition from the 26 November to the 20 December in the internal street at Civic, 72 Woodville road, Woodville.
    For further information about this project, please contact Khadija Gbla (Safe Communities Coordinator) on 8408 1379.

    You are also invited to share a message of love on the 'tardis' phone at the Civic Woodville Library before 10 December 2018. On a special ‘Tardis’ phone, you will be able to listen to pre-recorded messages about respectful relationships. We then encourage you to please record your own message of love if you wish. This message can be to someone in your life, or can even be a message of love to your younger self. These recordings will be published later, as part of a community project in the Libraries in 2019. For further information about this project, please contact Sascha Hutchinson (Coordinator Literacy & Learning) on (08) 8408 1119.

    Women of Wisdom - Speed mentoring event in celebration of the International Day of People with Disability

    YWCA Adelaide are holding an event featuring speed mentoring, a panel and discussion of the theme 'Empowering women living with disability and ensuring inclusiveness and equality in employment.' Connect with established ‘Women of Wisdom’, ask questions and build your network!

    This event is for women living with disability. Support people and plus ones welcome.

    Date: 4 December 2018
    Time: 6pm for a 6.30pm start
    Venue: Restless Dance Studio, 195 Gilles Street, Adelaide
    Registration: Contact Lisa Gascoigne on 8203 9400, text 0437 650 946, or email lisa.gascoigne@ywca.com.au

      Opportunities

      MusicSA and Moshtix Female Music Business Scholarship

      Moshtix and Music SA are proud to announce that they will again be offering a scholarship to assist in developing the career of an aspiring South Australian female music industry professional in 2019. Funded by Moshtix, women interested in obtaining their Certificate IV in Music Business may apply on Music SA’s website, with a scholarship winner to be chosen by Christmas this year.

      Click here to find out more or apply for the MusicSA/Moshtix Female Music Business Scholarship.

      Applications close 5pm on 14 December 2018.

      Consultation on surrogacy

      The South Australian government is holding a consultation on the South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI) report into SA surrogacy laws, and the draft Surrogacy Bill 2018.

      The government has developed a draft Surrogacy Bill 2018, reflecting the recommendations in SALRI 's report into South Australian surrogacy laws. Interested South Australians are invited to provide feedback on both the SALRI report recommendations, and the draft Surrogacy Bill 2018.

      Click here to find out more about the SA government consultation on surrogacy in South Australia.

      The consultation closes on Friday 15 February 2019.

      Statewide consultation - LGBTIQ+ young people

      Survey for LGBTIQ+ young people

      The Department of Human Services (Office for Youth) has asked YACSA to consult with LGBTIQ+ young people in SA to:

      • Develop a better understanding of your needs, experiences and ideas and opinions.
      • Identify what services or supports are currently working well.
      • Determine how government and other organisations can continue to improve supports or opportunities going forward.

      As part of this project YACSA are holding a survey for LGBTIQ+ young people in South Australia.

      Click here to find out more or to take the survey for LGBTIQ+ young people.

      Survey for community sector workers and volunteers

      The Office for Youth have designed a short survey to hear from people who work or volunteer to support young people across South Australia. It aims to find out more about what works well in terms of supporting young LGBTIQ+ people, and what else might be needed. It links in to other LGBTIQ+ inclusion work undertaken by the Department of Human Services (DHS), which you can read more about here.

      Click here to find out more or to take the survey for community workers and volunteers that work with LGBTIQ+ young people.

      Both surveys close on 2 January 2019.

      Training: Supporting Resilient Workers - Addressing vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout

      Vicarious trauma refers to the changes that take place, over time, in workers in helping roles with traumatised people. Good practice and management of vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout is becoming critical as government and non-government services alike face increasingly complex demand with contracting resources.

      Workers will come away equipped to recognise and address their own experiences in the workplace and support colleagues and their organisation to recognise and manage these very common effects of working with trauma. The training draws on learning around vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout as well as post-trauma growth.

      This course is for workers in helping roles and is being held in Clare on Wednesday 27 February 2019.

      To find out more about this training please contact Fiona Meade on 0452 040 997 or email fionameade@outlook.com.

      Activism Now: Centre of Democracy Call for Participation

      Millennials often get a bad rap. Activism has changed radically in the digital age. Young people are still active activists, but in ways that some older generations may not see or recognise as forms of activism. This project will explore contemporary activism, as practiced by young South Australians (18 to 25 years old) who identify as women. It will include a diverse range of subjects and causes.

      The project has various opportunities for individuals to participate. These include

      • Writing for the Centre of Democracy’s blog
      • Short features on the Centre of Democracy’s social media channels
      • An exhibition featuring up to 6 individuals
      • Floor talks and panel discussions at the Centre of Democracy for various events, including during South Australia’s History Festival

      Click here to find out more about Activism Now.

      Disabled Peoples and Families Organisations - ILC Readiness Grant Round 2018-19 open for applications

      The Australian Government is inviting organisations through an open non-competitive process to apply for the Disabled Peoples and Families Organisations – ILC Readiness Grant Round 2018-19.

      The objectives of this grant round are to:

      • Enable the delivery of individual capacity building activities for people with disability, such as peer support.
      • Build the organisational capacity of Disabled Peoples and Families Organisations across Australia to deliver these activities.

      Applications close at 2:00 pm AEDT on 21 December 2018.

      Women With Disabilities Australia - call for management committee nominations

      Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) represents more than 2 million disabled women and girls in Australia and is run by and for women with disabilities. WWDA operates as a transnational human rights and systemic advocacy organisation.

      Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) invites nominations from WWDA members who would like to become Management Committee Members.

      • There are five vacancies on the Management Committee.
      • Committee members will be appointed for a 3-year term beginning at the next Annual General Meeting in January 2019.
      • Nominations must be received by 5:30pm on Tuesday 4 December 2018.
      • If more nominations are received than available vacancies, a ballot will be held. Nominees may then be asked to prepare a short statement as to why they are seeking election to the Committee.

      Click here to find out more about nominating for the management committee of Women With Disabilities Australia.

      Australian Government Integrated Carer Support Service grants

      The Australian Government is inviting applications in an open process to apply to deliver services under the Integrated Carer Support Services from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2024.

      This grant process will select a new network of Carer Gateway regional delivery partners (RDPs) across Australia to help carers access new and improved local and targeted services including:

      • needs assessment and planning;
      • in-person and phone-based coaching, counselling and in person peer support;
      • information and advice;
      • targeted financial support packages with a focus on supporting employment, education, respite access and transport;
      • access to emergency crisis support; and
      • assistance with navigating relevant, local services available to carers through federal, state and local government and non-government providers, including the National Disability Insurance Scheme, My Aged Care and palliative care.

      RDPs will also conduct outreach activities, and link to social, health, education, community and cultural groups, to better understand regional and rural needs.

      Click here to learn more about Integrated Carer Support Service grants.

      This grant round closes 14 February 2019.

      YWCA SHE Leads development program open for applications

      YWCA Adelaide’s SHE Leads Program is a seven month program for career women which provides practical and reflective leadership development with immediate application in professional and personal life.

      This program is for any woman who wants to build and develop their leadership capacity. You could already be a manager, a team leader, or supervisor, or your first supervisory role may be the next step in your leadership journey. You could even be new to the workplace and looking for a program that will kick-start your leadership journey.

      Click here to find out more about the SHE Leads program.

      Applications will be accepted until the end of January 2019, unless all places are filled prior to this time.

      Organisations invited to apply to deliver Family Relationship Advice Line

      The Australian Government is inviting organisations through an open process to apply to deliver the Family Relationship Advice Line (FRAL), a national telephone service that helps families affected by relationship and separation issues. The FRAL will run over five years from 2019-20 to 2023-24. Funding will be offered to one organisation as a result of this process.

      Click here to view all the details about applying to provide the Family Relationship Advice Line on the Community Grants website.

      Applications close at 2:00 pm AEDT on 12 December 2018.

      YWCA's Y Connect program

      Are you looking to give back to other women? YWCA are currently seeking women with the following expertise as mentors for their Y Connect program, sharing knowledge with women living with disability:

      - Marketing, small business or public speaking experience
      - Public speaking and presentations experience who is willing to mentor over skype/other electronic means
      - Promotions or project management experience

      Previous experience or knowledge of working in disability is not required. General expressions of interest are also welcome. These are voluntary roles with an expected time commitment of approximately 2 hours per month for 9-12 months. YWCA will provide training and ongoing support over the life of the match.

      To learn more about the Y Connect program or inquire with YWCA staff, email: lisa.gascoigne@ywca.com.au or call 8203 9414.

      Women's Information Service (WIS)

      Tax Help at WIS

      Free Tax Help is available at WIS from July to October. Tax Help community volunteers are trained and accredited by the ATO and provide a free and confidential service to help people who have simple tax affairs and are on low incomes ($60,000 or less), complete their tax returns using myTax.

      If you would like to discuss your eligibility or book a Tax Help appointment please call the Women's Information Service on 8303 0590.

      Zahra Foundation Financial Counsellor at the Women's Information Service

      The Zahra Foundation Outreach at the Women’s Information Service (WIS) provides women affected by domestic and family violence with the chance to meet with a specialist financial counsellor.

      The outreach service is available at WIS on alternate Thursdays from 10am to 4pm. Women are welcome to visit or phone WIS and chat to the Financial Counsellor while she is onsite. Or, you can make an appointment with the Zahra Foundation office by phoning 08 8352 1889.

      Visit the Women's Information Service website for more information.

      Office for Women eNews - 16 Days of Activism Against Gendered Violence

      Office for Women eNews - 16 Days of Activism Against Gendered Violence

      Office for Women eNews - 16 Days of Activism Against Gendered Violence

      From 25 November to 10 December, the world engages in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The 16 Days stretch from the International Day to End Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) on 25 November, to Human Rights Day on 10 December.

      Each year, UN Women choose a theme for the 16 Days, in order to draw international approaches together under one banner. The 2018 theme is 'Orange the World: #HearMeToo'. This theme has been developed to extend on campaigns such as #MeToo, #Niunamenos, #TimesUp, #NotOneMore, and others. As in previous years, the colour orange will be a key theme unifying all activities, with buildings and landmarks lit and decorated in orange to bring global attention to the initiative.

      You are encouraged to consider how you might engage with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. This could be by:

      • Instigating and promoting domestic violence leave entitlements in your organisation
      • Undertaking a gender pay audit and paying superannuation for those staff members on parental leave (as we know that women's economic status has an effect on their ability to be financially independent)
      • Exploring the possibilities of bystander intervention training to upskill yourself or your organisation in how to recognise and intervene safely in situations of gendered violence
      • Gaining education and insight into the nature and extent of gendered violence locally and globally
      • Holding a fundraiser for a women's safety organisation
      • Joining in the UN Women social media campaign
      • Investigating the extent of sexual harassment within your organisation and enacting policies and procedures to address this, ensuring all staff are aware of reporting and grievance procedures, and feel supported to make a report.

      You may have your own suggestions or ideas on how to commit to ending gender based violence. Ultimately, it takes every person in a community to be aware, to be educated, and to act, for gender based violence to become a thing of the past.

      Click here to read more about the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence.

      Office for Women eNews - WIS turns 40 - oral histories and timeline launched

      Office for Women eNews - WIS turns 40 - oral histories and timeline launched

      Office for Women eNews - WIS turns 40 - oral histories and timeline launched

      Friday 17 August 2018

      WIS began as the Women’s Information Switchboard, originally located in the Institute Building on Kintore Ave and was opened by the then South Australian Premier Don Dunstan on 10 July 1978. In 1995 the Switchboard was renamed the Women’s information Service and relocated to Station Arcade in 1997. WIS is currently located at 101 Grenfell Street.

      To celebrate 40 years of empowering South Australian women, we are proud to launch the WIS Interactive Digital Timeline, and as part of the WIS History Project, 24 oral histories gathered from prior WIS volunteers and staff. These products provide an inside look at the beginnings, context and inner workings of WIS as it developed over the decades.

      Click here to find out more about the WIS Oral Histories.

      Click here to find out more about the Interactive Digital Timeline.

      We are honoured to pay tribute to all the women who have worked and volunteered at WIS over the years, and will be continuing to celebrate these 40 years of WIS over the coming months.

      Stay tuned to the WIS social media channels to find out about ongoing celebrations for the 40th anniversary of WIS!

      Social Media

      WIS Facebook

      WIS Twitter

      WIS Pinterest

      Office for Women eNews - 40 Years of the Women's Information Service

      Office for Women eNews - 40 Years of the Women's Information Service

      Office for Women eNews - 40 Years of the Women's Information Service

      Tuesday, 10 July 2018

      Today, on 10 July 2018, the Women's Information Service celebrates 40 years of continuous service to the women of South Australia.

      Over the past 40 years, the service has provided a free information, referral and support service for all women in South Australia. Being the first of its kind in Australia, it inspired the establishment of other women’s information service providers across Australia. Today WIS remains the longest running service of this nature in Australia.

      WIS began as the Women’s Information Switchboard, originally located in the Institute Building on Kintore Ave and was opened by the then South Australian Premier Don Dunstan on 10 July 1978. In 1995 the Switchboard was renamed the Women’s information Service and relocated to Station Arcade in 1997. WIS is currently located at 101 Grenfell Street.

      Over the years WIS has adapted to changing social and technological conditions in order to provide the best possible service to South Australian women, including joining popular social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. These accounts are proving ever more popular and are a great way to keep up with the workings of WIS and policy partners the Office for Women. Click on the links below to see what WIS and OFW are up to, and keep up to date with initiatives for women in South Australia.

      Congratulations to WIS on 40 years of continuous service, and thank you to all the volunteers and staff that have played such an integral part in the workings of the service over that time.

      Stay tuned to the WIS social media channels for more celebrations over the next few months!

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      Welcome to the Office for Women Addressing Family Violence eNews Bulletin

      Categories of information provided in this bulletin are as follows:

      News

      National Community Attitudes Survey 2017 report

      ANROWS has released the findings from the 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS). The NCAS shows how Australians understand violence against women, their attitudes towards it, what influences their attitudes, and if there has been a change over time. It also gauges attitudes to gender equality and people’s preparedness to intervene when witnessing violence or behaviour disrespecting women.

      Positively, the survey found "the majority of Australians have a good understanding of violence against women, support gender equality, reject attitudes supportive of violence against women, and say they would act, or would like to act, when witnessing violence or disrespect towards women." A concerning finding of the NCAS is that "many people's knowledge and attitudes to violence against women are out of step with the evidence, and with women's experiences."

      Click here to access the NCAS 2017 report.

      Sunny App launch

      Sunny is 1800RESPECT’s mobile phone app for women with disability who have experienced violence and abuse. Sunny has been co-designed with women with disability to inform women with disabilities of their rights, educate about different forms of abuse and to help women find support services. Sunny is available to download for free at the App Store and Google Play.

      Click here for more information about the Sunny App.

      VicHealth (En)countering Resistance Strategies initiatives

      VicHealth has created a resource for organisations encountering resistance to gender equality policies: (En)countering Resistance Strategies to respond to gender equality initiatives. This resource draws together some effective tools and strategies to prepare for and respond to backlash and resistance to gender equality initiatives. It is intended to support the people working for gender equality in a range of sectors.

      Click here to access the VicHealth (En)countering Resistance Strategies initiative.

      COFEM Feminist Pocketbook

      The Feminist Pocketbook is a resource to support practitioners, researchers and others working in humanitarian and development settings to articulate and implement feminist-informed approaches to addressing violence against women and girls (VAWG). The Pocketbook consists of 10 ‘tip sheets’ on key topics related to addressing VAWG. The Coalition of Feminists for Social Change (COFEM) is an advocacy collective of thought leaders, activists, practitioners and academics working globally to end VAWG.

      Click here to access the COFEM Feminist Pocketbook.

      Church of Scotland prevention resources

      The Church of Scotland has released a strategy and resources designed to allow individuals or groups to think about how the issue of violence against women, girls and children is included in the life of their church. The aim of the strategy is to work within the church and society to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls.

      Click here to access the Church of Scotland prevention resources.

      Research and Reports

      Path to Nowhere Report on women on temporary visas

      The National Advocacy Group on Women on Temporary Visas Experiencing Violence has released its findings from a survey of service providers who submitted data on women they worked with or who sought assistance from the service in August 2018. Path to Nowhere: Women on Temporary Visas Experiencing Violence and Their Children highlights the barriers faced by women on temporary visas in accessing support services and also the lack of data available.

      Click here to read the Path to Nowhere report.

      ABS Directory of Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence Statistics

      The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released the updated Directory for 2018 which is a reference point for sources of data relating to family, domestic and sexual violence that are collected by or on behalf of government agencies.

      Click here to access the ABS Directory of Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence Statistics 2018.

      ABC news report - Why are our prisons full of domestic violence victims?

      Hayley Gleeson and Julia Baird have published an article on the increase in the number of women in Australian prisons and the need to address domestic abuse, which they report affects an overwhelming majority of women behind bars. The evidence reported suggests between 70-90% of incarcerated women have been physically, sexually or emotionally abused as children or adults.

      Click here to read the full ABC News story.

      AWAVA survey of primary prevention activities

      The Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA) has launched a survey to map activities across Australia that are working to build respectful relationships and increase gender equality. Organisations, services or activities that work to build respectful relationships and/or increase gender equality are asked to take part in the survey. The survey will close in late January.

      Click here to access the AWAVA primary prevention activities survey.

      UN Report - Gender related killing of women and girls

      The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes has released a Global Study on Homicide: Gender-related killing of women and girls. The study finds that "women killed by intimate partners or family members account for 58 per cent of all female homicide victims reported globally last year, and little progress has been made in preventing such murders." The study explores the scale of intimate partner/family-related killings of women and girls, and describes different forms of gender-related killings of women. It also looks at the characteristics of the perpetrators of intimate partner killings, the link between lethal and non-lethal violence against women, and the criminal justice response.

      Click here to read the UN Report Global Study on Homicide: Gender-related killing of women and girls.

      Amnesty International Troll Patrol report

      Amnesty Decoders has released research into online abuse of women on Twitter. The research analysed a representative sample of tweets that were sent to 1,000 women politicians and journalists over a one year period. The research found that 1.1 million abusive and problematic tweets were sent to 778 women journalists and politicians in 2017. The Troll Patrol research follows up on a previous Amnesty International research report "Toxic Twitter - a toxic place for women".

      Click here to learn more about the Amnesty International Troll Patrol research.

      ANROWS reports

      Australian research

      Courses and Programs

      DV-Alert Workshops

      DV-Alert offers workshops to build the knowledge and capacity of community frontline workers to provide appropriate support to women and children in Australia. Upcoming DV-Alert 2 day training in South Australia:

      Click here to enrol in one of these workshops.

      Women's Information Service programs

      Family Court Support program

      The Women's Information Service coordinates the free Family Court Support program providing trained volunteers to accompany women to the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court in Adelaide. Family Court Support volunteers attend a comprehensive training program and are experienced with the court processes and in accompanying women to court.

      Click here to visit the Family Court Support program webpage.

      Zahra Foundation Financial Counsellor at WIS

      The Zahra Foundation Outreach at the Women’s Information Service (WIS) provides women affected by domestic and family violence with the chance to meet with a specialist financial counsellor.

      The outreach service is available at WIS on alternate Thursdays from 10am to 4pm. Women are welcome to visit or phone WIS and chat to the Financial Counsellor while she is onsite. Or, you can make an appointment with the Zahra Foundation office by phoning 08 8352 1889.

      Visit the Women's Information Service website for more information.

      Support services

      Should anything contained in this eNews raise any personal issues for you please contact one of the following support services:

      1800 RESPECT - 1800 737 732

      Lifeline - 13 11 14

      Domestic Violence Crisis Line (SA) - 1800 800 098

      Office for Women eNews - Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - 15 November 2018

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      Welcome to the Office for Women Addressing Family Violence eNews Bulletin

      Categories of information provided in this bulletin are as follows:

      News

      UN Women 16 Days of Activism 2018

      UN Women has announced the theme for this years 16 Days of Activism beginning on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November as Orange the World: #HearMeToo.

      In recent years, the voices of survivors and activists, through campaigns such as #MeToo, #TimesUp, #Niunamenos, #NotOneMore, #BalanceTonPorc and others, have reached a crescendo that cannot be silenced any more. Advocates understand that while the names and contexts may differ across geographic locations, women and girls everywhere are experiencing extensive abuse and their stories need to be brought to light.

      Click here for more information and ideas for activities during the 16 Days of Activism.

      Mum's Can, Dad's Can Project

      The “Mums Can, Dads Can" project, part of the Tangentyere Family Violence Prevention Program, is being developed and informed by Alice Springs Town Camp women and men to challenge rigid stereotypical beliefs and attitudes about the roles of women and men, especially in respect to parenting. All of the messages have been developed by Aboriginal women and men from Alice Springs. This is a strengths based project aiming to contribute to changing those rigid gender stereotypes that create inequality between women and men.

      Click here to visit the Tangentyere Women's Family Safety Group Facebook page and see the full range of posters.

      Playing our Part: 16 Days of Activism Toolkit

      The Male Champions of Change have just released a toolkit to support businesses to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence’ campaign. Male Champions of Change aim to achieve gender equality and accelerate the advancement of more women into leadership positions.

      The guide provides ways on how leaders can participate in the campaign from 25 November to 10 December.

      Click here for a copy of the toolkit.

      OurWatch Fellowship Program

      This is a prestigious leadership opportunity for 14 outstanding journalists. They will have the opportunity to build and refine their knowledge of best practice reporting on violence against women, and deepen their understanding of the complexities of the issue, through a series of three retreats around the country between February and June 2019. It is free to apply for the Fellowship and the retreats are free of cost.

      Click here for more information and selection criteria for the Fellowship Program.

      Research and Reports

      ANROWS reports

      Australian research

      International research

      Submissions now open for National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

      On 20 June 2018 Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, announced a national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. Submissions are now being accepted for this Inquiry, and will be open until early 2019.

      The Commission wants to hear from as many people as possible regarding this inquiry.

      Click here to find out more about the inquiry, learn about the terms of reference, or make a submission.

      Events

      Strides 4 Strength: A walk to end domestic violence

      The Liberian Australian Service Foundation (LAS), in collaboration with the African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA), Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC), Liberian Men of South Australia and Shamshir - A Human Rights Campaign, invite your family, friends and community to Walk With Us Against Domestic and Family Violence.

      Date: 17 November 2018
      Time: 10am
      Venue: Tarndanyangga (Victoria Square) South, walking to Parliament House.

      RSVP to Benjamin Johnson, Chairperson, LAS Foundation on E: info@lasfoundation.org.au

      Click here for further information on the Australian Migrant Resource Centre Website

      Launch of 'The Place of Courage' Campaign

      Supported by Arts SA, Adelaide City Council and a range of community organisations, the Spirit of Woman group's Place of Courage Campaign offers those interested in tackling family and domestic violence an opportunity to indicate their support - no matter how large or small - for all those affected by this issue.

      The Place of Courage campaign is being launched on Monday 26 November, with the announcement of the proposed site of the first Place of Courage, the artist chosen to design the public artwork, the launch of a corporate fundraising campaign, and more.

      Date: 26 November 2018
      Time: 5.30 - 6:30pm
      Venue: Skyline room, Rydges Adelaide, 1 South Terrace Adelaide

      Click here to register for the launch of the Place of Courage campaign.

      2018 Adelaide White Ribbon Day March

      Date: Saturday 24 November 2018
      Time: 10am
      Venue: Parliament House walking to Tarndanyangga (Victoria Square)

      2018 Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast

      The eleventh annual Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday 23 November 2018. Tickets are now available.

      Click here for further information and to book tickets.

      National Child Protection Summit 2018

      The National Child Protection Summit 2018 will be held by KWY in Adelaide from 5 to 7 December 2018.

      The Summit will discuss and showcase practical initiatives and generate  discussions on the challenges many organisations face in managing child protection systems and seek to find better ways for organisational, community and family engagement strategies and requirements to increase safety for children across Australia.

      Click here to view the child protection summit webpage which includes a list of speakers and running sheet.

      Courses and Programs

      Zahra Foundation Resume Builder Workshop

      Resume Builder is one of the Zahra Foundation’s SMALL CHANGE Workshop series - assisting women who have been affected by domestic and family violence with job ready tools, skills and knowledge.

      Zahra Foundation is offering this one day course at Hackham Community Connections on Wednesday 5 December.

      Places are strictly limited so encourage anyone you think might benefit from this course to book in quickly!

      Click here to see the flyer for this workshop or call the Zahra office if you would like further information 8352 1889.

      Women's Information Service programs

      Family Court Support program

      The Women's Information Service coordinates the free Family Court Support program providing trained volunteers to accompany women to the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court in Adelaide. Family Court Support volunteers attend a comprehensive training program and are experienced with the court processes and in accompanying women to court.

      Click here to visit the Family Court Support program webpage.

      Zahra Foundation Financial Counsellor at WIS

      The Zahra Foundation Outreach at the Women’s Information Service (WIS) provides women affected by domestic and family violence with the chance to meet with a specialist financial counsellor.

      The outreach service is available at WIS on alternate Thursdays from 10am to 4pm. Women are welcome to visit or phone WIS and chat to the Financial Counsellor while she is onsite. Or, you can make an appointment with the Zahra Foundation office by phoning 08 8352 1889.

      Visit the Women's Information Service website for more information.

      Support services

      Should anything contained in this eNews raise any personal issues for you please contact one of the following support services:

      1800 RESPECT - 1800 737 732

      Lifeline - 13 11 14

      Domestic Violence Crisis Line (SA) - 1800 800 098

      Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - DVDS

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      Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - DVDS

      The South Australian Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) trial is due to go live next week, Tuesday 2 October.

      The DVDS helps people who may be at risk of domestic violence to find out if their current or former partner has a history of violence.

      It is a one-year trial being held across the state, involving South Australia Police, the Attorney-General’s Department, the Office for Women and Women’s Safety Services SA.

      It follows previous consultation conducted through the Domestic Violence Discussion Paper in 2016 and aligns with the ongoing state-wide consultation around stronger domestic and family violence protections.

      It is an important initiative to help people at risk make informed decisions about their safety and/or the safety of their children, seek assistance, undertake safety planning, and/or decide whether or not to remain in the relationship.

      A third party (such as a family member, friend or service provider) can also make application for a disclosure to be made by police to the person they perceive to be at risk.

      You can share this information with your networks and encourage them to promote the scheme to people who may have concerns about safety in a relationship.

      The DVDS flier and the poster are available on the SA Police website. If you would like more information about the DVDS, or would like to access FAQs, posters or the flier, please visit www.police.sa.gov.au/your-safety/dvds

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