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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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Office for Women eNews - 26 March 2020

Office for Women eNews - 26 March 2020

Office for Women eNews - 26 March 2020

Supporting women during COVID-19

For the most up to date and reliable information on South Australia's response to the coronavirus pandemic please visit https://www.sa.gov.au/covid-19

Women's Information Service

Like many of you, Office for Women staff are working remotely as part of the social distancing measures to combat the coronavirus COVID-19.

While the Women's Information Service shopfront is closed, our phones will remain open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

We are taking these social distancing measures to ensure that our clients, staff, volunteers and the community are safe during these times.

We will continue to share information on Facebook and you can access a list of relevant information and services on our 'I Need Help With' website

How to contact us:
Phone: 8303 0590 or 1800 188 158
SMS: 0401 989 860
Fax: 8303 0963
Email: wis@sa.gov.au

Access to Domestic and Family Violence Support during the pandemic

Women's Safety Services SA want you to know that responding to SA women and children experiencing domestic and family violence will always be their priority and they are continuing to provide this essential service to the community.

To ensure the service is safe for both clients and staff, they have made some changes including stopping training for professionals and reducing face to face contact where possible. They will continue to have telephone contact with all clients.

We continue to encourage women experiencing domestic or family violence to call 1800RESPECT or, if in crisis, the Domestic Violence Crisis Line on 1800 800 098.

Always call 000 (triple zero) in an emergency.

Research and resources

Our Learning SA

The Department of Education has released Our Learning SA to support students, families and teachers for continued learning between school and home. Aligned to the Early Years Framework and the Australian Curriculum, these resources support learning in the classroom and beyond.

Visit Our Learning SA here

Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Workplace Flexibility Toolkit

Workplaces around the world are facing unprecedented conditions as COVID-19 continues to cause disruption. The Australian Government has given clear advice on social distancing, meaning many workplaces are now facing large sections of their workforce, working from home. To maintain the safety of your workers, slow the spread of the virus but also ensure business continuity, your organisation may need to enable workers to work flexibly for an extended period.

Whilst this situation is extraordinary, working from home and flexible working arrangements are not new concepts and, in fact, are key enablers of achieving workplace gender equality. The Agency has developed comprehensive resources to help you plan and implement these arrangements.

Some of the resources included in this toolkit are:

  • Types of workplace flexibility – if your organisation can’t conduct business remotely, are there other types of flexible arrangements you can implement to keep workers safe?
  • Flexibility for managers – good practice for managers in assisting their teams to work flexibly
  • Flexibility for employees – identifying flexibility options that will work best for you and how to manage the work/life balance
  • Executive briefing on workplace flexibility – how to demonstrate strong commitment to working flexibly.

Access the toolkit and resources here

Measure for measure: gender equality in Australia

This report brings together, for the first time, an overview of the evidence of the accumulated disadvantage Australian women experience with an analysis of its causes and recommendations for change. It makes the case for a national, bi-partisan commitment to measure, evaluate and take action to close the gender equality gap in Australia.

Access the Per Capita report here

Gender equality: women’s rights in review 25 years after Beijing

Marking the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action this report takes an integrated approach to reporting on progress, gaps, and challenges related to the advancement of gender equality and women’s rights. It uses data to examine the six themes that link the Platform’s critical areas of concern and the Sustainable Development Goals.

It also highlights that what’s needed now is a concerted drive to scale up, expand, and deepen policies and programmes that can accelerate the implementation of the entire Platform for Action for this generation and the next.

Access the UN Women report here

Improving gender diversity in companies 2020

This report is an analysis of initiatives to improve gender diversity in companies. It examines innovative policies to recruit and retain talent across genders. Gender diversity is a significant issue of risk management for boards and for companies.

The report examines commitment to promising initiatives and tools put in place by governments and companies to achieve the best results in terms of creating equal employment opportunities and inclusive workplaces. The concrete cases are linked to real outcomes in terms of staff well-being and company benefits.

Access the University of Technology Sydney report here

Using Technology to Communicate With Survivors During a Public Health Crisis

During a public health crisis such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, when public health officials recommend “social distancing” to slow the spread of infection, technology such as video calls or web chats may be useful tools to connect with survivors remotely.

In considering new technology, survivors must be at the centre of our decision-making. WesNet has developed a list of tools that services can consider for communicating with survivors remotely.

View the WESNET resources here

In the news

Our Watch Nominations open for the Our Watch Award for excellence in reporting on violence against women and children

Women's Agenda Five facts every Australian needs to know about men at work

The Guardian Women's domestic burden just got heavier with the coronavirus

Women's Agenda Ideas for keeping kids educated/entertained at home

Women's Agenda Let’s keep celebrating women’s sport during this crisis

The Conversation Getting creative with less. Recipe lessons from the Australian Women’s Weekly during wartime

The Conversation Hidden women of history: Sonia Revid created public health ballet at the height of ‘dance fever’

Pro Bono Australia How philanthropy can help tackle the scourge of family violence

The Conversation Women released from prison are at much greater risk of violence

ABC News 'Invisible' victims of teenage violence are already suffering in silence

Events

ANROWS Conference: Adelaide 2020 POSTPONED

The April ANROWS Conference, National Research Conference on Violence against Women and their Children: Evidence in Action, has been postponed. Visit the conference website for more information.

Office for Women eNews - 12 March 2020

Office for Women eNews - 12 March 2020

Office for Women eNews - 12 March 2020

South Australian Government news

Automatic suppression gone

Automatic suppression orders imposed on proceedings involving people accused of sex offences will be a thing of the past, under laws which passed State Parliament yesterday.

Attorney-General, Hon Vickie Chapman MP welcomed the passage of the laws through Parliament, saying it would increase transparency and support the public’s right to know who had been accused of serious sexual offending.

For more information visit the media releases web page.

Free flu vaccine to protect homeless South Australians

Influenza shots will now be made available free to South Australia’s homeless ahead of this winter, as the State Government moves to further boost public health.

For more information visit the media release web page or contact the SA Health Communicable Disease Control Branch on 1300 232 272.

Research and resources

Women With Disabilities Australia have launched Our Place

Our Place Logo

The new Our Place website aims to support women and girls with disability to learn more about what their rights are and how to stand up for them. Written in plain and simple English with an Easy Read Option the site can be easily navigated through the following six categories.

Your Rights, Lead & Take Part, Life Choices, Sex & Your Body, Safety & Violence and Real Stories.

Visit the Our Place website for more information.

National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces

The Respect@Work: Sexual Harassment National Inquiry Report (2020) was released by the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, on the 5 March 2020. The report examined the nature and prevalence of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces, the drivers of this harassment and measures to address and prevent sexual harassment. The Report can be downloaded as a PDF or Word Document from the Report's web page on the Australian Human Rights Commission website.

Australian Institute of Criminology Repeat Domestic and Family Violence Among Young People Report released.

The report is designed to give first responder agencies information about the timing of recidivism to allow them to target resources at the highest risk domestic and family violence offenders and victims. The findings highlight the need for timely, targeted and graduated responses to domestic and family violence among young people.

For more information and to download the report visit the Australian Institute of Criminology website.

eSafety Commissioner Toolkit for SchoolseSafety Commissioner Logo

A Toolkit for Schools is available from the Australian Government's eSafety Commissioner which provides schools across Australia with resources to help prevent and respond to online safety issues, creating safer online environments for children across the country. The eSafety Toolkit for Schools has four key themes – Prepare, Engage, Educate and Respond – and includes more than 25 individual resources with tips for teachers and school administrators on how to respond to online safety incidents, and promote safer online practices across school communities.

For more information and to access the Toolkit visit the eSafety Commissioner's Website.

ANROWS commissions two new projects supported by funds from the Luke Batty Foundation.

ANROWS will be undertaking two new projects on early intervention programs for mothers and children who have experienced domestic and family violence: the Safe Nest program for mothers and infants, and the Recover program for mothers and pre-schoolers. These projects build on previous ANROWS work led by Dr Rae Kaspiew on domestic and family violence and parenting, which identified repairing the mother-child relationship as a high priority.

For more information about these programs visit the ANROWS website.

In the news:

ABC News - Women's shed to open in Adelaide's north to combat social isolation

ABC News - First 'drive-thru' coronavirus testing station opens in South Australia

Women's Agenda - The sexual harassment inquiry report is revolutionary

The Conversation - Women released from prison are at much greater risk of violence

7 News - Record crowd marks huge moment for women’s sport as Aussies win T20 World Cup

Events

NADVS PRESENTS A WORKSHOP ON UNDERSTANDING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & THE IMPACTS ON CHILDREN

Northern Adelaide Domestic Violence Service Workshop Flyer Containing Information in reflected in the eNews post

The Northern Adelaide Domestic Violence Service (NADVS) is conducting a practical & informative workshop on understanding domestic violence & its impacts on children, from 9:30-4pm on the 3rd of April 2020, at the Para Hills Community Hub.

This workshop is suitable for any professionals working with children. The workshop includes guests from Relationships Australia SA and the Family Mental Health Support Service's (FMHSS) Elizabeth Team.

The cost for the is $58.84 which includes morning tea and lunch. Click on the event page to register.

For For more information please contact Maxine or Rachel on 8255 3622.

LOVE BiTES : Respectful Relationship Program Facilitator Training

Northern Adelaide Domestic Violence of Women’s Safety Services SA presents LOVE BiTES facilitator training on the 22nd and 23rd of April 2020, from 9-5 pm at the Mawson Centre (Mawson Lakes).

LOVE BiTES is an extremely successful school-based Domestic, Family Violence and Sexual Assault prevention program that evolved on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Over 100,000 high school students throughout Australia have participated in this interactive and innovative program aimed at 14-17yr olds. Over 4000 workers and teachers have been trained in NSW.

Tickets are $208.99.  For more information or to purchase your ticket visit the Love BiTES event website.

ANROWS Conference: Adelaide 2020

Registrations are now open for the ANROWS National Research Conference on Violence against Women and their Children: Evidence in Action. The conference will be held on 28-30 April at the Hilton Hotel, Adelaide. The conference theme will open up opportunities to explore ideas of impact, including what works for whom and in what circumstances, and how we know an initiative has been effective.

To register visit the conference website.

Office for Women eNews - 27 February 2020

Office for Women eNews - 27 February 2020

Office for Women eNews - 27 February 2020

South Australian Government news

Better Services at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Families and children from around the state will now have access to better services following the completion of stage one of a $3.5 million upgrade to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

For more information click this link to access the media release.

FYI

New eSafety Commissioner Toolkit for SchoolseSafety Commissioner Logo

A new toolkit was launched on the 20th of February by the Australian Government's eSafety Commissioner which will provide schools across Australia with resources to help prevent and respond to online safety issues, creating safer online environments for children across the country. The eSafety Toolkit for Schools has four key themes – Prepare, Engage, Educate and Respond – and includes more than 25 individual resources with tips for teachers and school administrators on how to respond to online safety incidents, and promote safer online practices across school communities.

For more information and to access the Toolkit visit the eSafety Commissioner's Website.

Nominate An Extraordinary Woman Today!

Four awards will be presented at this years International Women's Day Luncheon. These awards recognise South Australian women who have achieved extraordinary things for their community, or for women in general. To nominate a woman, purchase a ticket or get more information visit the International Women's Day Committee's website.

Royal Commission calling for submissions

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability is now accepting submissions. The Disability Royal Commission wants to hear from all Australians about their experiences of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.

A submission can be submitted in any way you feel comfortable – by telephone, in writing or through the Commission's website.

Phone: 1800 517 199 or +61 7 3734 1900 (9:00am to 6:00pm AEDT Monday to Friday, excluding national public holidays)

Written submissions: DRCenquiries@royalcommission.gov.au or at GPO Box 1422, Brisbane QLD 4001

Research and resources

ANROWS commissions two new projects supported by funds from the Luke Batty Foundation.

ANROWS will be undertaking two new early intervention programs for mothers and children who have experienced domestic and family violence: the Safe Nest program for mothers and infants, and the Recover program for mothers and pre-schoolers. These projects build on previous ANROWS work led by Dr Rae Kaspiew on domestic and family violence and parenting, which identified repairing the mother-child relationship as a high priority.

For more information about these programs visit the ANROWS website.

Punishment, Protection or Prevention?
The Role of The Law in Domestic and Family Violence

ANROWS has hosted a panel discussion exploring the implications of using legal systems to respond to domestic and family violence (DFV). To read more about the discussion or to watch a video of the panel discussion visit the ANROWS website.

New ANROWS report: Feasibility study into the possible inclusion of social norms measures within the 2021 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS)

This new report published by ANROWS makes recommendations on how researchers can investigate Australian social norms around violence against women and gender equality. To access the report visit the ANROWS website.

Our Watch: Unpacking Violence resource

Our Watch has released Unpacking Violence: a storytelling resource for understanding non-physical forms of abuse and the gendered drivers of violence against women. The resources aim to support practitioners in their work to increase understanding that all forms of abuse are serious.

For more information and to access resources visit the Our Watch website.

In the news:

ABC News - Grieving community honours Hannah Clarke and her children at rallies against domestic violence

ABC News - A new bushfire crisis is emerging as experts brace for an imminent surge in domestic violence

Triple J Hack (ABC) - Media's gendered stereotyping was worse for Gillard than Thatcher 30 years earlier, research shows

Economic Times - Buffett's Big Idea: Women and non-wealthy directors on boards

The Mandarin - More women on government boards in 2019 than ever before

ABC News - Scotland to make period products such as tampons and pads free

CNN - Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg finally met, and the two activists were fast friends

Events

Multicultural Youth SA Inc. International Women's Day Celebration

You are invited to tea and cupcakes to celebrate International Women's Day with newly arrived refugee young women. For more information about Visit the Multicultural Youth SA website .

Where: MYSA Head Office, Shop 9 Millers Arcade, 28 Hindley St Adelaide

When: Tuesday the 10th of March from 3:30 pm till 5:00 pm

To RSVP please contact Susie at susie@mysa.com.au

International Women's Day Poster invite from Multicultural Youth SA. When Tuesday 10 March. Other details contained in the corresponding text.

International Women's Day Adelaide Luncheon 2020: Women and Poverty

Registrations are open for the International Women's Day Committee's Annual Luncheon on Friday 6 March 2020 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The Luncheon will include a two course lunch, speakers, awards and a raffle. Tickets are $65. For more information and to purchase your ticket visit the International Women's Day Committee website.

International Women's Day Luncheon 2020. Quoted text "Most Poor people in the world  are women . Australia is no exception." Quote by Emma Dawson in The Guardian 7 May 2019

Microsoft PowerApps IWD Training Day

This International Women’s Day, Microsoft Australia is inviting women in the non-profit community, either staff or volunteers, to come and learn how to build an “App in a Day”– and to help build a more equal and enabled world. Whether you deliver a service to other women, with women or by women, you are warmly invited to our free event to learn how to build an app in one day that will support the important work of your organisation.

When: 6 March 2020, 9 am - 4:30 pm

Where: Microsoft Office 147 Pirie St

To register your interest visit the Microsoft Power Apps registration page.

LOVE BiTES : Respectful Relationship Program Facilitator Training

Northern Adelaide Domestic Violence of Women’s Safety Services SA presents LOVE BiTES facilitator training on the 22nd and 23rd of April 2020, from 9-5 pm at the Mawson Centre (Mawson Lakes).

LOVE BiTES is an extremely successful school-based Domestic, Family Violence and Sexual Assault prevention program that evolved on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Over 100,000 high school students throughout Australia have participated in this interactive and innovative program aimed at 14-17yr olds. Over 4000 workers and teachers have been trained in NSW.

Tickets are $208.99.  For more information or to purchase your ticket visit the Love BiTES event website.

ANROWS Conference: Adelaide 2020

Registrations are now open for the ANROWS National Research Conference on Violence against Women and their Children: Evidence in Action. The conference will be held on 28-30 April at the Hilton Hotel, Adelaide. The conference theme will open up opportunities to explore ideas of impact, including what works for whom and in what circumstances, and how we know an initiative has been effective.

To register visit the conference website.

Office for Women eNews - 13 February 2020

Office for Women eNews - 13 February 2020

Office for Women eNews - 13 February 2020

South Australian Government news

SA Government launches Home Zone to help people get home safely

The 'Home Zone' is a central city location where you can safely wait for your transport home after midnight on Saturdays. The zone offers CCTV, good lighting and Police patrols to keep you safer until your night bus or ride home arrives.

The new initiative launched by the SA Government on the 1st of February 2020 will improve safety for public transport users on Saturday nights.

For more information and for timetables visit the Adelaide Metro Home Zone site.

New DV crisis accommodation beds open in SA

More women and children fleeing domestic and family violence in their homes will be safe and supported in 40 new domestic violence crisis accommodation beds, with the first eight now open in Northern Adelaide delivering a $4 million Marshall Government commitment.

Click this link to access the media release.

FYI

Nominate An Extraordinary Woman Today!

Four awards will be presented at this years International Women's Day Luncheon. These awards recognise South Australian women who have achieved extraordinary things for their community, or for women in general. To nominate a woman, purchase a ticket or get more information visit the International Women's Day Committee's website.

Expand Together Grants open

The Expand Together Grants provide one-off funding annually to eligible multicultural organisations to upgrade, extend or build community facilities or purchase equipment for use by South Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The Expand Together Grants aim to ensure there are necessary facilities and equipment for community members to come together, access the services and programs they need, and connect with the wider network of the local community.

Applications close on 28 February 2020. For more information and to apply visit the Department of the Premier and Cabinet website.

Royal Commission calling for submissions

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability is now accepting submissions. The Disability Royal Commission wants to hear from all Australians about their experiences of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.

A submission can be submitted in any way you feel comfortable – by telephone, in writing or through the Commission's website.

Phone: 1800 517 199 or +61 7 3734 1900 (9:00am to 6:00pm AEDT Monday to Friday, excluding national public holidays)

Written submissions: DRCenquiries@royalcommission.gov.au or at GPO Box 1422, Brisbane QLD 4001

Research and resources

New ANROWS report: Feasibility study into the possible inclusion of social norms measures within the 2021 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS)

This new report published by ANROWS makes recommendations on how researchers can investigate Australian social norms around violence against women and gender equality. To access the report visit the ANROWS website.

Ending Violence is Our Business: Workplace Responses to Intimate Partner Violence in Asia and the Pacific

This case study collection by Australian Aid and UN Women, shares promising practices and lessons learned from organisations that are implementing workplace responses to violence that occurs in intimate relationships.

Visit the UN Women website to view this publication.

Stop it at the Start campaign

OUT-OF-HOME older girl

The Australian Government has recently been promoting the Stop it at the Start campaign in the media and online. Multiple resources are available on the Stop it at the Start website including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources and campaign materials translated into 19 languages.

To access the campaign materials and resources visit the Stop it at the Start website.

Our Watch: Unpacking Violence resource

Our Watch has released Unpacking Violence: a storytelling resource for understanding non-physical forms of abuse and the gendered drivers of violence against women. The resources aim to support practitioners in their work to increase understanding that all forms of abuse are serious.

For more information and to access resources visit the Our Watch website.

In the news:

ABC  News - Rough justice: How police are failing survivors of sexual assault 

SBS News - Seven in 10 women who have been abused by their partners choose not to leave, study shows

Devex - Mexico releases Latin America's first feminist foreign policy

BBC News - Norfolk film-makers explore 'heartbreaking' experiences of sexual harassment

ABC News - Matildas maul Thailand 6-0 in Tokyo Olympics 2020 qualifier thanks to Emily van Egmond hat-trick

ABC News - Australia's Opals qualify for Olympic basketball tournament with win over Brazil, as Elizabeth Cambage stars

Events

Women's Information Service DV Disclosure Scheme Information Session

The Women’s Information Service is hosting an Information Session — presented by a Domestic Violence Specialist worker — for anyone who is interested in finding out more about how the scheme works.

Date: Wednesday, 19th February 2020
Time: 10:00am
Venue: Women’s Information Service 101 Grenfell St. Adelaide

To register your interest in attending please email: Patricia.Griffith@sa.gov.au

Sharing Our Achievements: International Women's Day Forum

Registrations are now open for the Australian Migrant Resource Centre’s (AMRC) International Women’s Day Forum, Tuesday 3 March 2020. For more information and to register for this event visit the AMRC website.

Registrations close on Friday the 21st of February 2020. The forum is free of charge for migrant and refugee women (not employed) and $66 (including GST) for service providers.

International Women's Day Adelaide Luncheon 2020: Women and Poverty

Registrations are open for the International Women's Day Committee's Annual Luncheon on Friday 6 March 2020 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The Luncheon will include a two course lunch, speakers, awards and a raffle. Tickets are $65. For more information and to purchase your ticket visit the International Women's Day Committee website.

Microsoft PowerApps IWD Training Day

This International Women’s Day, Microsoft Australia is inviting women in the non-profit community, either staff or volunteers, to come and learn how to build an “App in a Day”– and to help build a more equal and enabled world. Whether you deliver a service to other women, with women or by women, you are warmly invited to our free event to learn how to build an app in one day that will support the important work of your organisation.

When: 6 March 2020, 9 am - 4:30 pm

Where: Microsoft Office 147 Pirie St

To register your interest visit the Microsoft Power Apps registration page.

LOVE BiTES : Respectful Relationship Program Facilitator Training

Northern Adelaide Domestic Violence of Women’s Safety Services SA presents LOVE BiTES facilitator training on the 22nd and 23rd of April 2020, from 9-5 pm at the Mawson Centre (Mawson Lakes).

LOVE BiTES is an extremely successful school-based Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault prevention program that evolved on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Over 100,000 high school students throughout Australia have participated in this interactive and innovative program aimed at 14-17yr olds. Over 4000 workers and teachers have been trained in NSW.

Tickets are $208.99.  For more information or to purchase your ticket visit the Love BiTES event website.

ANROWS Conference: Adelaide 2020

Registration is now open for the ANROWS National Research Conference on Violence against Women and their Children: Evidence in Action. The conference will be held on 28-30 April at the Hilton Hotel, Adelaide. The conference theme will open up opportunities to explore ideas of impact, including what works for whom and in what circumstances, and how we know an initiative has been effective.

To register visit the conference website.

Office for Women eNews - 13 December 2019

Office for Women eNews - 13 December 2019

Office for Women eNews - 13 December 2019

South Australian Government news

Launch of Better Budgets website

The South Australian Government has created a new 'one-stop-shop' webpage, developed for South Australians so they can more easily and quickly find a range of initiatives available to help ease cost of living pressures. The Better Budgets website has been designed to improve access to information and resources in areas including energy, education, health, transport and money management.

Visit the Better Budgets website to learn more.

Expand Together Grants now open

The Expand Together Grants provide one-off funding annually to eligible multicultural organisations to upgrade, extend or build community facilities or purchase equipment for use by South Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The Expand Together Grants aim to ensure there are necessary facilities and equipment for community members to come together, access the services and programs they need, and connect with the wider network of the local community.

Applications close on 28 February 2020. For more information and to apply visit the Department of the Premier and Cabinet website.

125th anniversary of SA women's suffrageThe official logo of the SA suffrage 125 campaign with the slogan 'their triumph our motivation' #SASuffrage125

Up and Doing!

A re-enactment of the passage of the 1894 Adult Suffrage Bill in SA Parliament on 18 December 2019.

Follow the Adult Suffrage Bill through the Legislative Council and House of Assembly and hear how a parliament of men gave the vote to women. Featuring current members of Parliament, Parliament staff and Dr Niki Vincent, the South Australian Commissioner for Equal Opportunity.

Streaming live from the Parliament of South Australia

Yoga In Park: 125th Celebration of Women's Suffrage

Belair National Park

18 December 2019

Join the National Parks and Wildlife Service in commemorating this momentous occasion with a session of Yoga in Park in Belair National Park - Karka Pavilion. Come and experience a connection with the environment while relaxing with yoga to celebrate and reflect on this special landmark event. An experienced Yoga instructor will run the session. Bring along your yoga mat or a towel for the session. Children attending the session must attend with a supervising parent or guardian.

Please wear something in purple or golden yellow colours which are the key theme colours for the celebration

For further information about this event contact Coral Marsden on 8550 3400 or via email at coral.marsden@sa.gov.au

History Presentation and Documentary on Women's Voting

Campbelltown City Council

Wednesday 18 Dec 2019, 12.30pm to 2pm - Campbelltown Library, 171 Montacute Road, Newton

The Campbelltown public library will be hosting a presentation about women's suffrage in South Australia followed by a special viewing of a documentary which tells the fascinating story of how Australian women became the first in the world to gain full political rights. Light refreshments will be served.

Free event, but bookings essential through Eventbrite or at the Library desk 8366 9299

125 Years of Women's Suffrage Morning Tea

Tea Tree Gully Library

18 December 2019 (11am)

Celebrate this phenomenal achievement for women at a special morning tea, featuring cupcakes decorated in purple and yellow suffrage colours. Guest speaker for the event is Australian Gold Medal Paralympian Katrina Webb.

FREE EVENT

FYI

Royal Commission calling for submissions

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability is now accepting submissions. The Disability Royal Commission wants to hear from all Australians about their experiences of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.

A submission can be submitted in any way you feel comfortable – by telephone, in writing or through the Commission's website.

Phone: 1800 517 199 or +61 7 3734 1900 (9:00am to 6:00pm AEDT Monday to Friday, excluding national public holidays)

Written submissions: DRCenquiries@royalcommission.gov.au or at GPO Box 1422, Brisbane QLD 4001

Research and resources

Stop it at the Start campaign

OUT-OF-HOME older girl

The Australian Government has recently been promoting the Stop it at the Start campaign in the media and online. Multiple resources are available on the Stop it at the Start website including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources and campaign materials translated into 19 languages.

To access the campaign materials and resources visit the Stop it at the Start website.

Australia's Gender Equality Scorecard

Each year the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (‘WGEA’) publishes the annual key findings from the reporting data in the WGEA Gender Equality Scorecard. The Scorecard includes the latest figures on the gender pay gap, industry comparisons, women’s workforce participation, women’s representation in leadership and emerging trends in employer action.

To learn more about the scorecard and how Australia fares in gender equality visit the WGEA website.

25.7k gender pay gap - small drop in the gender pay gap (down 0.5pp to 20.8%).

South Australia's Outcomes Framework for Children and Young People

South Australia’s first Outcomes Framework for Children and Young People was formally adopted by the Child Development Council on 14 November 2019. The framework sets out to monitor, track and report the outcomes of children and young people (birth to 18 years) in five dimensions: health, safety, wellbeing, education and citizenship.

For more information and to read the Framework, visit the Child Development Council website.

Towards a Safe Place – Raising Awareness of Domestic Violence in LGBTIQA+ Communities

The Towards a Safe Place project has created resources for LGBTIQA+ communities to use both as individuals or in communities to support and inform at risk individuals of available services and supports in relation to domestic violence and to increase awareness and understanding of domestic violence and its impact within LGBTIQA+ communities.

Resources and more information are available on the Catalyst website. 

Our Watch: Unpacking Violence resource

Our Watch has released Unpacking Violence: a storytelling resource for understanding non-physical forms of abuse and the gendered drivers of violence against women. The resources aim to support practitioners in their work to increase understanding that all forms of abuse are serious.

For more information and to access resources visit the Our Watch website.

ANROWS Podcast

In the news:

The Guardian - Sam Kerr's watershed move can be start of new normal for women's football
The Sydney Morning Herald - Women fighting on the firefront and the homefront
Forbes - Is the 'Broken Rung' women's real career advancement problem?
ABC News - Islamophobic abuse mostly directed at women wearing headscarves while shopping, study finds
The Guardian - Glimpses of women through time: 130 years of National Geographic images 
SBS - Men in Australia still earning $25k a year more than women
Forbes - 7 ways men can support women as allies
The Guardian - Gender health gap: Australian medical research ignoring drugs' side effects in women
Forbes - Moving beyond likability: 5 principles for women leaders that men can learn from too
Harvard Business Review - The persistent myth of female office rivalries
ABC News - Q&A: Pacific women are victims of "engrained" culture of domestic violence, says activist
BBC News - The women revolutionising Middle-Eastern film
Aeon - Why Medusa lives on - Mary Beard on the persistent legacy of Ancient Greek misogyny
Forbes - Why Greta Thunberg is one of the world's most powerful women

Events

ANROWS Conference: Adelaide 2020

Registration is now open for the ANROWS National Research Conference on Violence against Women and their Children: Evidence in Action. The conference will be held on 28-30 April at the Hilton Hotel, Adelaide. The conference theme will open up opportunities to explore ideas of impact, including what works for whom and in what circumstances, and how we know an initiative has been effective.

To register visit the conference website. Early bird registration is available until 31 January 2020.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - 25 November

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - 25 November

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - 25 November

SA Government - Workplace Equality and Respect Project update

Announced today, to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW), by the Minister for Human Services, the Hon Michelle Lensink MLC, and the Assistant Minister for Domestic and family violence Prevention, Carolyn Power MP, the South Australian Government is taking bold steps to eliminate violence against women under a new workplace culture program being rolled out to more than 100,000 staff across the state’s public sector. Each of the 24 State Government agencies have developed new action plans to address gender inequality as part of the Workplace Equality and Respect Project, led by the Equal Opportunity Commission.

The new plans aim to strengthen workplace gender equality, increase staff awareness and offer support available for people experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence. Each department’s plan is specific to its staff, with actions promoting equal participation in the workforce, respectful relationships between genders and the breaking down of stereotypes.

The new plans include actions such as:
* Compulsory staff training on men’s violence against women
* Participating in key events such as White Ribbon Day
* Increasing awareness of support, policies and procedures in place for those experiencing violence
* Staff attending face to face Domestic and Family Violence training and events and forums on gender equality
* Promoting the Public Sector entitlement of 15 days paid leave for people experiencing Domestic and Family Violence

National Implementation Plan for the Fourth Action Plan released

Today in recognition of IDEVAW the National Implementation Plan for the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-22 was launched. The implementation plan provides details of over 160 initiatives funded and delivered under the Fourth Action Plan. The implementation plan is now available on the National Plan website, and will be updated twice annually to report on progress made against each of the 20 practical actions under five National Priority areas.

The South Australian Government has committed to implementing a wide range of actions to support the reduction of violence against women and their children which are published on the website. The actions committed to by the South Australian Government in the national implementation plan sit alongside our work outlined in Committed to Safety: A framework to address domestic, family and sexual violence in South Australia.

16 Days of activism

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign that takes place each year. It commences on IDEVAW and continues to 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was originated by activists at the inaugural Women's Global Leadership Institute in 1991. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

Each year UN Women supports a campaign under the "Orange the World" movement to provide ideas to communities to take action during the 16 Days of Activism. Starting on this year's IDEVAW, and for the next two years, the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, a multi-year effort aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls, will focus on the issue of rape as a specific form of harm committed against women and girls in times of peace or war.

Suggested activities, including an action pack, and branding are available on the UN Women website.

Orange the World campaign Generation Equality Stands Against Rape

Annual Committed to Safety roundtable held

On 22 November, the Minister for Human Services and the Assistant Minister for Domestic and Family Violence Prevention hosted the first Annual Committed to Safety Roundtable. The roundtable is an initiative under Committed to Safety and is a chance for the government to update the sector and stakeholders about current and future policy reform, as well as hear feedback directly from frontline services. The outcomes of discussions at the roundtable will be published on the Office for Women website.

Outcomes from previous roundtables held in 2018 and early 2019 are available on the Office for Women website.

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