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Office for Women eNews - 12 June 2019

Office for Women eNews - 12 June 2019

Office for Women eNews - 12 June 2019

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125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage
FYI
Events
Opportunities
WIS

South Australian Schools suffrage 125 competition

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Adult Suffrage Bill that enabled women in South Australia – for the first time anywhere in Australia – to vote in elections and to stand as members of Parliament.

This competition will provide students in years 6, 7, 8 and 9 from all education sectors the opportunity to participate in historical research to develop understanding and empathy of the tireless efforts of South Australians that resulted in the passing of this landmark legislation.

Entries are now open, and close 30 August 2019.

View the flyer for the SA Schools suffrage competition

125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage

Successful grant applicants announced

Earlier in 2019 the Office for Women offered a round of community grants for the 125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage. The full list of successful applications is now available on the Office for Women website.

Official Office for Women Suffrage Anniversary communications toolkit available online125 years of women's suffrage in SA

The Office for Women has developed a communications toolkit for the 125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage. The toolkit includes social media graphics, fact sheet and poster, signature block graphic and much more!

Download the toolkit from the Office for Women website.

Calendar of Events

The Office for Women is also compiling a list of events and initiatives related to the 125th - click here to have a look! And remember if you are holding an event, make sure to let us know so we can add it in - just email SAsuffrage125@sa.gov.au.

Migrant and Refugee Women Banners

The Australian Migrant Resource Centre will be displaying portraits of 23 migrant and refugee women in Victoria Square Tarntanyangga from Sunday 16 June to Sunday 30 June 2019, celebrating 125 years of women's suffrage in South Australia.

For more information contact the AMRC on (08) 8217 9544 or email admin@amrc.org.au.

More information about the refugee women banners is available on the AMRC website.

FYI

Nominations extended for the 2019 SA Women's Honour Roll

SA Women's Honour Roll 2019The Women's Honour Roll is a great opportunity to recognise women whose work has gone unrecognised and unacknowledged in our community. For nearly two decades the Honour Roll has published the names of South Australian women who have made significant contributions to society, but have been neglected in public acknowledgement. This is a fantastic way to promote the achievements and dedication of women who have given so much of their time, energy and commitment to making the world a better place.

The 2019 SA Women's Honour Roll is now open for nominations! Consider who you could nominate - perhaps a teacher, a volunteer, a firefighter or a gardener? We want to hear about the incredible women doing great things!

Find out more about the Women's Honour Roll and how to nominate on the Office for Women website.

Nominations now close Sunday 30 June at 5 pm.

Girls Rock! Adelaide - applications now open for rock camp!

Girls Rock! Adelaide is an organisation that has branches all over the world from Tokyo to Edinburgh. In the last few years, it has made its way to Australia! The not-for-profit organisation provides week-long music mentoring programs for girls, trans and non-binary young people aged 10-17. Young people attending get to choose an instrument for the week from guitar, bass, drums, vocals and synths, and each day get lessons in their instrument, as well as workshops, lunchtime concerts, presentations, band practice and more! Part of the program includes the young people starting bands together, writing an original song, and playing their songs in front of a live audience at the end of the week. The focus is on empowerment and confidence-building in a safe, non-judgemental environment led by women, trans and non-binary role models with experience in music, youth work, teaching or a related field.

Girls Rock! Adelaide is holding its first program 15-20 July 2019 at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide.

Applications are currently open for girls, trans and non-binary young people aged 10-17 to attend! But hurry, applications close 27 June!

Apply for Girls Rock! Adelaide's first ever rock camp!

South Australian Rainbow Advocacy Alliance (SARAA) survey results

SARAA

The South Australian Rainbow Advocacy Alliance (SARAA) has analysed the results of their community survey and compiled them into a summary.

Some key findings:

  • Only 60% of respondents felt comfortable disclosing their gender and/or their
    sexual orientation when accessing services.
  • When accessing services, 37.7% of respondents felt that they didn’t receive
    sufficient and meaningful information to inform decision making.
  • 64% felt that the current level of LGBTIQ+ specific services did not
    adequately meet their needs.
  • This includes a lack of services and supports to rural and remote
    communities, a lack of services and supports for older LGBTIQ+ people
    and cuts to vital services for LGBTIQ+ people.
  • More support for trans people to access necessary medical services.

Visit the SARAA website to download the summary report.

Australian Human Rights Awards open for nominations

Nominations for our annual Human Rights Awards are open now across nine categories: The Human Rights Medal; the Young People’s Human Rights Medal; the Law Award; the Business Award; the Community Organisation Award; the Government Award; the Media Award; the Racism. It Stops With Me Award; and the Tony Fitzgerald Community Individual Award.

As Commission President Rosalind Croucher said, “We encourage anyone to nominate individuals and organisations who inspire you with their commitment to advancing human rights in Australia”.

In particular, we encourage you to think of women or non-binary people that may are advocates for human rights in the community, as we know that these people are so often overlooked for the incredible work they do.

Find out more about the Australian Human Rights Awards.

Nominations are open until Monday 15 July.

Women With Disabilities Australia - seeking stories from women and girls with disabilityWomen with Disabilities Austalia Logo

WWDA is currently working on creating a new website called the Virtual Centre for Women and Girls with Disability. This Centre will provide inclusive and accessible information and resources for women and girls with disability. The organisation is seeking stories from women and girls with disability to showcase on this new Virtual Centre. This part of the Virtual Centre project will seek to inspire women and girls with disability by showcasing positive stories and experiences of people they can relate to.

Stories are sought in a variety of formats including video, podcast, text, poetry, artwork, and images. Stories can also be anonymous - participants are not required to use their real name or show their face.

Find out more about telling your story to WWDA here.

Tell your story by 5pm 17 June 2019.

Australia Day Honours 2019 - Public Service Medal

The Public Service Medal is a prestigious, internationally-recognised award within the national system of Australian Honours and Awards. It is awarded twice-yearly by the Governor-General.

The medal is designed to recognise outstanding public service – whether through leadership, service excellence, improved productivity and efficiency, or innovation in program, project or policy development. ‘Outstanding service’ includes service above and beyond the normal requirements of the position. Long service should not be used as a basis for making nominations.

All local, state and Commonwealth Government public sector employees can be nominated, unless they are eligible for other comparable awards, such as the Australian Police Service Medal or the Australian Fire Service Medal.

We encourage you to consider nominating women for this prestigious award.

Details on how to nominate are available on the Department of the Premier and Cabinet website.

Nominations close 1 August 2019.

Events

Women of MYSA Eid Festival event

Women of Multicultural Youth SA (MYSA) are holding an Eid Festival event on Saturday 15 June at midday, at the Adelaide Showgrounds. The day will feature activities, food and culture, with food and entry provided by MYSA.

Meet at MYSA, Shop 9 Miller's Arcade, 28 Hindley Street, midd ay on 15 June.

For more information contact Susie at MYSA by phone on (08) 8212 0085 or email susie@mysa.com.au.

Refugee Week events for women

Refugee Week

Women's Welcome event in Bordertown

The Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC) welcome women from across the Tatiara to join in for an afternoon full of music, dance, stories and food in celebration of Refugee Week.

Date: Sunday 23 June
Time: 1.30pm onwards
Venue: Highway Christian Centre, Bordertown

Bring a plate to share! There is no cost to attend. Find out more about the Tatiara Women's Welcome on the AMRC website.

For more information contact Tracey Grosser on 0431 885 649 or email bordertown@amrc.org.au.

Beyond Calamity - Esther Simbi's book launch

Book launch and celebration of Esther’s achievements as a South Sudanese woman with a disability and from a refugee background. Includes cultural entertainment by Diversity Music and food available.

Date: Saturday 15 June
Time: 5pm - 9pm
Venue: John McVeity Centre, 182 Peachy Road, Smithfield Plains SA

Free entry but attendees are asked to please register. Contact Deng Manyuon 0401 800 936 or Esther Simbi 0423 443 599.

For more information email denock@outlook.com or esthersimbi24@gmail.com

Women's meet and greet - Northern suburbs

Women meeting and greeting, and sharing food and stories. Northern Area Migrant Resource Centre, 28 Mary Street, Salisbury SA.

Contact Jyotshna Karki (08) 8256 5700 or email jyotshna@amrc.org.au.

Ethnic Fashions

Migrant women and their children are invited to model their traditional clothing, formal wear, bridal and wedding outfits. For a female audience. Naracoorte Town Hall, 95 Smith Street, Naracoorte SA.

Contact Jenny Stirling (08) 8762 2955 or email naracoorte@amrc.org.au.

Tickets selling fast for Inspiring SA Aboriginal Women Impacting the World!

The Australia Day Council of SA is proud to present this showcase event: ‘Inspiring South Australian Aboriginal Women Impacting The World’. This forum will showcase Inspiring Aboriginal Women who are committed to making a difference in the world through their service and work in the community. Their dedication in working towards the betterment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people shows immense leadership and importance in shaping the greater Australian landscape.

The panel of speakers will discuss their personal background and influences in their formation as a leader, the driving forces behind their work and how they believe they are making an impact in the world.

Speakers include Karina Lester, April Lawrie, Kerrynne Liddle, Yaritji Young, Kirstie Parker, Vicky Welgraven, and Rosemary Wanganeen. There will also be performances from Nancy Bates, Vonda Last, and Of Desert and Sea.

Date: Tuesday 30 July
Time: 4:45pm arrival for a 5:00pm start. The event will finish at 8:00pm
Venue: National Wine Centre, Hackney Rd & Botanic Rd, Adelaide SA 5000
Tickets: $25.00 per person.

More information on the event Inspiring SA Aboriginal Women Impacting the World

Purchase tickets to Inspiring SA Aboriginal Women Impacting the World

    Opportunities

    Training for women over 55: Own your financial future

    Australian Shareholders’ Association (ASA) will be running a project funded by an ECSTRA grant to assist women 55+ to build confidence to participate in financial decision-making.

    The goal of the financial literacy project, Own Your Financial Future, is to empower older women with an understanding of basic financial concepts. Another objective is to give older women the confidence to have conversations with their partners, children and financial advisers about how the finances and investments are structured.

    These workshops are geared towards women who have never been involved in managing their finances or investments. If you have never attended an education event about managing finances or investments, or do not know where the funding for your retirement comes from, you will benefit from these workshops.

    Three training sessions will be held in Adelaide on October 15, 16 and 17. Registrations will open soon. More information on the training sessions for women over 55 on managing your finances.

    ShineSA FRESH (FReedom to Explore Sexual Health) Aboriginal Focus course

    The FRESH Course: Aboriginal Focus is a 2-day course for workers who wish to improve their sexual and reproductive health knowledge and address sexual and reproductive health and relationship issues within Aboriginal communities.

    Date: 27-28 June 2019
    Venue: SHINE SA, 64c Woodville Road, Woodville
    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: $250

    View the flyer for the ShineSA FRESH Aboriginal focus course

    Building Workforce Capacity in Sexual Health Program: Country South Australia

    SHINE SA has recently been funded by Country SA PHN to deliver a program to support rural and regional health workers. The Building Workforce Capacity in Sexual Health Program aims to help build capacity and skills around sexual health through education, personalised support and information.

    Education and training will be offered in regional areas of South Australia and will focus on addressing the current syphilis outbreak and the ongoing chlamydia epidemic. Through this program SHINE SA will provide opportunities for information, resources, education and training. These opportunities can be both formal and informal depending on needs.

    Dates are currently available from April to June 2019.

    Find out more about Shine SA training in sexual health for country South Australia

    Women's Information Service (WIS)

    WIS provides referrals and information through the shopfront (101 Grenfell street), online and on our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. You can also call WIS on (08) 8303 0590 with questions or for information or visit the Women's Information Service website.

    WIS What's On

    The Women's Information Service regularly produces a schedule of courses, sessions and groups called "What's On". Items featured are all free or low cost, unless otherwise indicated. The "What's On" is available on the Office for Women website.

    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.

    Office for Women eNews - Murray Bridge safety hub information session

    Office for Women eNews - Murray Bridge safety hub information session

    Office for Women eNews - Murray Bridge safety hub information session

    Applications are now open to register as a Murray Bridge Safety Hub Volunteer at the Murray Bridge Community Centre.

    Volunteers will engage with women in the community to provide information and referrals to all women - and specifically to women that have concerns for their safety.

    Volunteers are provided with comprehensive training, mentoring and support.

    Apply now on the Women's Information Service website.

    Want to know more before you apply? Come to our Information Session!

    Date: Wednesday 22 May 2019
    Time: 11am
    Location: 18 Beatty Terrace Murray Bridge

    To book your place at the information session, contact WIS on (08) 8303 0590.

    To apply to become a volunteer or for more information visit the Women's Information Service website and select Safety Hubs.

    More information

    This opportunity is provided by the Women’s Information Service (WIS) working in partnership with the Office for Women (OFW) and the Murray Bridge Community Centre (MBCC).

    Click here for information on the Murray Bridge Community Centre

    Click here for information on the Women’s Information Service

    Click here for information on the work of the Office for Women

    Office for Women eNews - 14 May 2019

    Office for Women eNews - 14 May 2019

    Office for Women eNews - 14 May 2019

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    125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage
    FYI
    Events
    Opportunities
    WIS

    125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage

    History Festival

    History Trust SA History Festival

    The History Trust of South Australia kicked off their annual History Festival on April 27 and have created a whole category for events and initiatives related to the 125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage!

    These include:

    Official Office for Women Suffrage Anniversary communications toolkit available online125 years of women's suffrage in SA

    The Office for Women has developed a communications toolkit for the 125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage. The toolkit includes social media graphics, fact sheet and poster, signature block graphic and much more!

    Download the toolkit from the Office for Women website.

    Calendar of Events

    The Office for Women is also compiling a list of events and initiatives related to the 125th - click here to have a look! And remember if you are holding an event, make sure to let us know so we can add it in - just email SAsuffrage125@sa.gov.au.

    FYI

    Girls Rock! Adelaide - applications now open for volunteers and young people

    Girls Rock! Adelaide is an organisation that has branches all over the world from Tokyo to Edinburgh. In the last few years, it has made its way to Australia! The not-for-profit organisation provides week-long music mentoring programs for girls, trans and non-binary young people aged 10-17. Young people attending get to choose an instrument for the week from guitar, bass, drums, vocals and synths, and each day get lessons in their instrument, as well as workshops, lunchtime concerts, presentations, band practice and more! Part of the program includes the young people starting bands together, writing an original song, and playing their songs in front of a live audience at the end of the week. The focus is on empowerment and confidence-building in a safe, non-judgemental environment led by women, trans and non-binary role models with experience in music, youth work, teaching or a related field.

    Girls Rock! Adelaide is holding its first program 15-20 July 2019 at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide. They are seeking applications from girls, trans and non-binary young people aged 10-17 to attend, and volunteers to provide mentoring during the week. There are a range of positions available from workshop presenter, instrument instructor, band coach or band manager, to tech manager, gear manager, roadie, or general volunteer.

    Click here to find out more about applying for Girls Rock! Adelaide!

    Australian Human Rights Awards open for nominations

    Nominations for our annual Human Rights Awards are open now across nine categories: The Human Rights Medal; the Young People’s Human Rights Medal; the Law Award; the Business Award; the Community Organisation Award; the Government Award; the Media Award; the Racism. It Stops With Me Award; and the Tony Fitzgerald Community Individual Award.

    As Commission President Rosalind Croucher said, “We encourage anyone to nominate individuals and organisations who inspire you with their commitment to advancing human rights in Australia”.

    In particular, we encourage you to think of women or non-binary people that may are advocates for human rights in the community, as we know that these people are so often overlooked for the incredible work they do.

    Click here to find out more about the Australian Human Rights Awards.

    Nominations are open until Monday 15 July.

    May 22 is Flexible Working Day!FWD Logo Stacked_Colour.png

    Flexible work is an important part of working towards gender equality in the workplace by allowing better work/life balance for everybody. Flexible Working Day draws attention to the need for flexible work, and "flexism" - discrimination or attitudes and systems that limit flexible work.

    Vanessa Vanderhoek, founder of Flexible Working Day, says "Flexible Working Day is an international day to celebrate and showcase the benefits of flexible work for both people and organisations."

    Click here to find out more about flexible working day.

    Women With Disabilities Australia - Virtual Centre for Women and Girls with Disability

    WWDA is currently working on creating a new website called the Virtual Centre for Women and Girls with Disability. This Centre will provide inclusive and accessible information and resources for women and girls with disability on four key priority areas:

    • Leadership and participation
    • Decision-making and choices
    • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
    • Safety from all forms of violence.

    An Expert Advisory Panel has also recently been established which is made up of over 40 women with disability from all over Australia. This diverse group includes young women (18-25 years), rural and regionally-located women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women who identify as LGBTQI+ and culturally and linguistically diverse women. The panel is already providing some great feedback on the proposed Virtual Centre structure and content.

    The WWDA team will also be holding workshops and meetings to gain input on the Virtual Centre from women with disability across the country in July 2019.

    For more information contact Naomi Thomson by email at pm@wwda.org.au.

    Review of abortion law in South Australia

    The independent South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI) based at the University of Adelaide is inviting views from the community and interested parties as part of its review of the State’s abortion laws. The State’s abortion laws have not been updated for four decades. SALRI is not being asked to consider whether abortion procedures should occur in South Australia but rather has been asked to look at the regulation of these procedures in the context of the criminal law and health regulations. The views SALRI will collect as part of this consultation, along with legal and other research, will help identify potential options to clarify and improve present law, access to services and practice relating to abortion in South Australia.

    A list of questions for consideration which reflect the Attorney-General’s terms of reference and supporting factsheets have been compiled by SALRI to assist with the consultation process. SALRI will provide the Attorney-General with their report in August 2019. Any decision on accepting any of SALRI’s recommendations will be for the Government and Parliament. Members of the public can provide a submission or comment directly to SALRI by emailing salri.new.ref@adelaide.edu.au, or on the Your SAy website.

    The closing date for submissions is 31 May 2019.

    2019 SA Women's Honour Roll - open for nominations

    SA Women's Honour Roll 2019The Women's Honour Roll is a great opportunity to recognise women whose work has gone unrecognised and unacknowledged in our community. For nearly two decades the Honour Roll has published the names of South Australian women who have made significant contributions to society, but have been neglected in public acknowledgement. This is a fantastic way to promote the achievements and dedication of women who have given so much of their time, energy and commitment to making the world a better place.

    The 2019 SA Women's Honour Roll is now open for nominations! Consider who you could nominate - perhaps a teacher, a volunteer, a firefighter or a gardener? We want to hear about the incredible women doing great things!

    Find out more about the Women's Honour Roll and how to nominate on the Office for Women website.

    Nominations close Friday 14 June at 5pm.

    Events

    Australia Day Council of SA event - Inspiring SA Aboriginal Women Impacting the World

    The Australia Day Council of SA is proud to present this showcase event: ‘Inspiring South Australian Aboriginal Women Impacting The World’. This forum will showcase Inspiring Aboriginal Women who are committed to making a difference in the world through their service and work in the community. Their dedication in working towards the betterment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people shows immense leadership and importance in shaping the greater Australian landscape.

    The panel of speakers will discuss their personal background and influences in their formation as a leader, the driving forces behind their work and how they believe they are making an impact in the world.

    Speakers include Karina Lester, April Lawrie, Kerrynne Liddle, Yaritji Young, Kirstie Parker, Vicky Welgraven, and Rosemary Wanganeen. There will also be performances from Nancy Bates, Vonda Last, and Of Desert and Sea.

    Date: Tuesday 30 July
    Time: 4:45pm arrival for a 5:00pm start. The event will finish at 8:00pm
    Venue: National Wine Centre, Hackney Rd & Botanic Rd, Adelaide SA 5000
    Tickets: $25.00 per person.

    Click here for more information on the event Inspiring SA Aboriginal Women Impacting the World

    Click here to purchase tickets to Inspiring SA Aboriginal Women Impacting the World

    Tory Shepherd book launch "On Freedom"

    A new book is being launched by journalist and author Tory Shepherd discussing how women's freedom to choose motherhood (or not) is reshaping their own lives as well as society. At this event, Tory will be in conversation with Dr Niki Vincent, South Australian Commissioner for Equal Opportunity. Presented by the Hawke Centre.

    Date: Thursday 6 June 2019
    Time: 6pm-7.15pm (books available for sale from 5.30pm)
    Venue: Allan Scott Auditorium, Hawke Building, UniSA City West campus, 55 North Terrace Adelaide

    Click here for more information about the 'On Freedom'

    2019 ARA Oration: "I belong!"

    The 2019 ARA Oration is presented by the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the Australian Refugee Association. This year's oration is titled "I belong!" will feature young African and Muslim Australian women speaking about finding identity, what life is like behind the headlines, and what we can all learn about becoming a truly civil society.

    Cross Cultural Consultant Tasneem Chopra will MC a panel of vibrant young professional women: Khadija Gbla, Manal Younus and Flora Chol who will share with the audience their experiences and insights about what it means to grow up as African or Muslim Australian in Australia, what it takes to belong and the challenge of claiming their space.

    Date: Thursday 20 June 2019
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Allan Scott Auditorium, Hawke Building, UniSA City West campus, 55 North Terrace Adelaide

    Click here to find out more about the 2019 ARA oration.

    Share the DigniTEA - High Tea fundraiser

    Share the Dignity are an organisation supporting women in the community with menstrual health and sanitary products. Each year, Share The Dignity collects thousands of pads, tampons and personal hygiene products for women experiencing homelessness and poverty. The organisation also funds funerals for victims of domestic violence and campaigns for justice for women in Australia.

    On 26 May, Share the Dignity are holding a high tea fundraiser raising money to continue supporting women and girls experiencing homelessness or domestic violence. The Adelaide High Tea event will be held at the Stamford Plaza.

    Date: 26 May 2019
    Time: 1pm - 4pm
    Venue
    : Stamford Plaza

    Click here to book tickets for the Adelaide Share the DigniTEA fundraiser high tea event

    Click here to find out more about Share the Dignity

      Opportunities

      Focus group - LGBTI young people aged 14-21

      ShineSA is supporting a focus group for young people aged 14-21 that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, gender diverse, intersex, queer or nonbinary; and live in Adelaide/South Australia. The focus group is part of a larger study being undertaken by Latrobe University who are working on a national study about the experiences of these young people. The survey aims to ensure young LGBTI people across Australia have their voices heard.

      The focus group in Adelaide will be held on Saturday June 1, 11am-1pm.

      Click here for more information about the focus group for LGBTI young people aged 14-21.

      Training for women over 55: Own your financial future

      Australian Shareholders’ Association (ASA) will be running a project funded by an ECSTRA grant to assist women 55+ to build confidence to participate in financial decision-making.

      The goal of the financial literacy project, Own Your Financial Future, is to empower older women with an understanding of basic financial concepts. Another objective is to give older women the confidence to have conversations with their partners, children and financial advisers about how the finances and investments are structured.

      These workshops are geared towards women who have never been involved in managing their finances or investments. If you have never attended an education event about managing finances or investments, or do not know where the funding for your retirement comes from, you will benefit from these workshops.

      Three training sessions will be held in Adelaide on October 15, 16 and 17. Registrations will open soon. Click here for more information on the training sessions for women over 55 on managing your finances.

      TafeSA Personal Safety Training for Women

      TAFE SA have recently developed a workshop called Personal Safety Training for Women, which focuses on identifying personal risks and exploring physical, psychological and non-verbal strategies to increase confidence and personal growth. The workshop is delivered by an experienced Women’s Safety instructor over 2 evenings with a few dates coming up in May and June.

      The workshop is designed for women of all ages and backgrounds. Organisers can also arrange offsite group training.

      Click here for details on the TafeSA Personal Safety Training for women

      Multicultural grants program

      The department’s Multicultural Grants Program 2019-20 is now open with four streams of funding to support multicultural communities:

      • Advance Together
      • Celebrate Together
      • Expand Together
      • Stronger Together

      Multicultural organisations are encouraged to apply. Opening and closing dates, online application forms and guidelines are available from the Multicultural Affairs website.

      To find out more about the Multicultural Grants Program 2019-20, contact the grants team on 1300 239 468 or email MulticulturalAffairs@sa.gov.au.

      Building Workforce Capacity in Sexual Health Program: Country South Australia

      SHINE SA has recently been funded by Country SA PHN to deliver a program to support rural and regional health workers. The Building Workforce Capacity in Sexual Health Program aims to help build capacity and skills around sexual health through education, personalised support and information.

      Education and training will be offered in regional areas of South Australia and will focus on addressing the current syphilis outbreak and the ongoing chlamydia epidemic. Through this program SHINE SA will provide opportunities for information, resources, education and training. These opportunities can be both formal and informal depending on needs.

      Dates are currently available from April to June 2019.

      Click here to find out more about SHine SA training in sexual health for country South Australia

      Women's Information Service (WIS)

      WIS provides referrals and information through the shopfront (101 Grenfell street), online and on our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

      You can also call WIS on (08) 8303 0590.

      WIS What's On

      The Women's Information Service regularly produces a schedule of courses, sessions and groups called "What's On". Items featured are all free or low cost, unless otherwise indicated. The "What's On" is uploaded to the Office for Women website at the following link: https://officeforwomen.sa.gov.au/womens-information-service/wis-brochures

      Click here to download the latest issue of the WIS What's On.

      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.

      Click here to visit the Women's Information Service website

      SA Women's Honour Roll 2019

      SA Women's Honour Roll 2019

      SA Women's Honour Roll 2019

      SA Women's Honour Roll 2019

      Nominations are now open for the 2019 Women's Honour Roll!

      The South Australian Women's Honour Roll is an important part of an ongoing strategy to increase formal recognition of women who contribute to the South Australian community. Held biennially, the Honour Roll acknowledges and celebrates the diversity of women in our community and their commitment to effecting change to ensure that we live in a safer and more inclusive society. The Honour Roll recognises the often unacknowledged work women do in our communities.

      In 2019, we’re acknowledging South Australian women’s achievements as we commemorate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in South Australia.

      Any woman who deserves recognition (including those deceased) can be nominated and women may nominate themselves. Nominees must currently live in South Australia and cannot be current Members of Parliament.

      Click here to find out more about how to nominate yourself or someone else for inclusion in the 2019 SA Women's Honour Roll!

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      News

      Launch of new campaign from The Line - 'Never Follow'

      OurWatch youth initiative The Line has launched a new campaign aimed at young men titled 'Never Follow'. This campaign challenges stereotypes around masculinity and encourages young men to develop positive identities not defined by restrictive gender stereotypes. A video series has been created to support the campaign featuring prominent young Australian men, and an animated short. 

      Find out more about The Line and the 'Never Follow' campaign.

      Fifth annual 'Stop Elder Abuse' campaign

      Around one in 20 older Australians is experiencing some form of abuse from someone they know and trust, who is often a member of their own family. The fifth annual Stop Elder Abuse campaign began on 20 May 2019 and goes for four weeks, including World Elder Abuse day on 15 June.

      The 2019 campaign highlights the message ‘Know the signs. Speak up and help stop elder abuse’ and advises people to call the Elder Abuse Prevention Phone Line Support and Referral Service 1800 372 310 if they have concerns about themselves or others, or to visit the SA Health 'Stop Elder Abuse' website for more information.

      Download the 'Stop Elder Abuse' communications toolkit here.

      Arc app by Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria

      Women experiencing family violence have the opportunity to take control of their story with a free smartphone app called Arc that enables them to identify, document and record patterns of intimate partner behaviour that make them feel scared, unsafe, or intimidated.logo

      The Arc app enables women experiencing family violence to track details of abusive behaviour by uploading photos, videos, audio and diary entries to create a record of what has happened, when it happened, and how it made them feel.

      Read more about the Arc app on the DVRCV website.

      Go to the Arc app website.

      Arc is available on the Apple App store and on Google Play.

      News articles

      Article from the Conversation: Let's make it mandatory to teach respectful relationships in every Australian school

      Article from the Conversation: To design safer parks for women, city planners must listen to their stories

      SBS News article: 'Enough is enough': Courtney Herron is the 20th woman to be killed in Australia this year

      SBS News article: The woman who broke the silence on rape in Japan

      InDaily article: An innovative way to counter domestic violence: provide housing for abusers

      Sydney Morning Herald article: 'We were collateral damage,' says Ashleigh Raper of #MeToo

      Article on Women's Agenda: Victims of domestic violence in Australia ten times more likely to experience other legal problems

      Research and Reports

      Reproductive coercion research - seeking GPs and practice nurses to participate

      Reproductive coercion (RC) is an under recognised form of abuse experienced by Australian women. RC refers to a group of behaviours that intend to control a woman with regards to reproduction. Contraceptive sabotage, pregnancy coercion and controlling the outcome of a pregnancy are all forms of RC and often occur alongside other forms of abuse in a relationship.

      Researchers at the The University of Melbourne are undertaking a project exploring GP’s experiences responding to RC. They aim to understand how GPs identify and respond to this type of abuse. They ask that any antenatal care GPs, or GPs who prescribe medical termination of pregnancy medication to participate in a confidential interview with a member of their team. The interview can be conducted either by telephone or face to face, at a time convenient to your busy schedule. Interviews take approximately 20 minutes and all interview data will be de-identified.

      For more information or to register your interest in participating please email Molly Wellington.

      Australian Red Cross release report 'Forced Marriage: Community Voices, Stories and Strategies'

      The power of humanity. Australian Red Cross logo

      Red Cross’s experience working with individuals and communities impacted by forced marriage has shown that across many communities, there are members who are applying appropriate and effective strategies to negotiate good outcomes and find solutions to this issue. When explored, understood and strengthened, these community-led strategies and approaches have the potential to support and strengthen broader government and sector initiatives and create a space for a stronger and more inclusive response. This report was developed to highlight the important role that communities and families play in finding solutions to their complex issues.

      Access the Forced Marriage report released by the Australian Red Cross.

      National Community Attitudes Survey results

      Findings from the Australian community

      Anrows

      ANROWS administers the NCAS in order to determine community attitudes to gender equality and violence against women in Australia. The have found that 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. There was an improvement between 2013 and 2017 on 27 of the 36 questions asked in both survey waves.

      However, ANROWS also reports that a substantial minority mistrust women’s reports of violence, and feel the problem of gender inequality is exaggerated.

      Read more about findings from the most recent round of the NCAS.

      New data released from the NCAS - What do young people think? What do Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders think?

      Two sub-reports have been released from the NCAS examining responses from young people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

      Report on the attitudes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to gender equality and violence against women.

      Report on young people's attitudes to gender equality and violence against women.

      Courses and Programs

      New RMIT domestic violence course

      Victorian University RMIT has launched a new dual-focus qualification for community service workers who deal with domestic and family violence, amid growing demand from the sector. The Graduate Certificate in Domestic and Family Violence will be offered for the first time in semester two 2019 and is designed for community sector professionals, as well as graduates in social work, youth work, criminal justice and allied fields. The new program is designed to be studied flexibly around working commitments and takes a year to complete part-time.

      DV-Alert Workshops

      DV-alert Homepage

      DV-Alert offers workshops to build the knowledge and capacity of community frontline workers to provide appropriate support to women and children in Australia. Training focuses on a range of topics related to domestic and family violence including Indigenous family violence, violence against people with disabilities, and new migrants.

      DV-Alert workshops in your area.

      AVERT Family Violence Basics Course

      The AVERT Family Violence training package is an innovative, multi-disciplinary training package in responding effectively to family violence designed for workers at all levels within the community services, health, family law and human services sectors. Developed by Relationships Australia SA, the course offers knowledge about perpetrators, drawn from current research and professional expertise, as well as an overview of the principles underpinning effective responses.

      AVERT Family Violence course.

      Child Focused Training for the homelessness and domestic/family violence sectors

      Relationships Australia SA have developed a range of training and workshops for those working in the homelessness and domestic/family violence sectors, delivered by Together4Kids. All training is free of charge.

      Child-focused training for the homelessness and domestic/family violence sector.

      Supporting Resilient Workers course

      This training provides information, skills development and reflection exploring vicarious trauma and resilience for workers in helping roles. 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.

      Where: Berri Hotel, Riverview Dr, Berri
      When: Friday 26 July 2019
      Time: 9:30am - 4pm
      Cost: $280 pp (incl lunch and refreshments)

      Please contact Fiona Meade to book. Mobile: 0452 040 997 or email: fionameade@outlook.com.

      Events

      ANZATSA 9th biennial conference

      The Australia New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse (ANZATSA) are holding their 9th biennial conference in Brisbane in July 2019. ANZATSA is dedicated to community protection and safety through the promotion of professional standards, practices, and education in sexual abuse prevention, assessment, intervention and research. This conference titled 'Valuing All Voices' will provide a range of speakers and sessions over 3 days at Griffith University and the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

      Click here to find out more about the ANZATSA 9th biennial conference.

      Women's Information Service programs

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      WIS provides free information, referrals and support for South Australian women online, over the phone and at their shopfront at 101 Grenfell Street, Adelaide.

      To speak to someone at WIS, call (08) 8303 0590.

      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 - Committed to Safety

      Office for Women eNews - Committed to Safety

      Office for Women eNews - Committed to Safety

      New South Australian Government domestic violence framework 'Committed to Safety'

      The South Australian Government has today released a new domestic violence framework titled Committed to Safety: A framework for addressing domestic, family and sexual violence in South Australia at the Murray Bridge domestic violence roundtable. This framework is designed to achieve a coordinated nuanced series of actions to prevent and respond to domestic, family and sexual violence in South Australia by connecting all of the efforts across Government to achieve a comprehensive, safety driven approach.

      Committed to Safety (CTS) is a policy framework which provides a clear and considered plan for action in relation to preventing domestic, family and sexual violence.  CTS also recognises that men may be victims of domestic and family violence.

      Importantly, CTS is an action-driven document. CTS actions cover all three pillars, and many focus on specific population groups (children/youth, Aboriginal people, women with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people, older women, and regional and remote people).

      The actions are broken down in to short, medium and long term, though the population specific actions have not been allocated time frames as many of these will require significant engagement with, and the involvement of, non-government organisations.

      The framework brings together the Government's domestic and family violence election commitments and actions arising from the domestic violence roundtables, and reflects South Australia's commitment to the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children.

      Three pillars of response are featured in the framework - Primary Prevention, Service and Support, and Justice (legislative, statutory and community). These pillars are underpinned by two enablers - Data and Evidence Base, and Monitoring Our Impact.

      Click here to find out more about the new Committed To Safety South Australian domestic violence framework.

      Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

      Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

      Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

      The South Australian Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) trial is currently underway.

      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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