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Office for Women eNews - 21 August 2019

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Office for Women eNews - 21 August 2019

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

125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage

Videos about the suffrage campaign

Recently a State Dinner was held commemorating the anniversary, and a couple of short films were put together to provide an introduction to some of the issues that faced women then, and women now. Have a look at the videos on the Women's Information Service Facebook page:

#SASuffrage125 at the Royal Adelaide ShowTheShow logo

On the morning of 18 December 1894, the South Australian Parliament passed a momentous piece of legislation. South Australian women became the first women in Australia, and among the first in the world, to win the right to vote and the right to stand for Parliament. Women, and men, fought for the vote for women not as an end in itself, but in order to change the world around them. Beginning with the 1894 milestone, this exhibition explores the history of the struggle for women’s rights in South Australia and asks us to consider the question: how much has changed?

Come and visit the stall in the Jubilee pavilion at the Royal Adelaide show, 30 August 2019 to 8 September 2019. You will be able to make your own Suffrage125 badge! While you're there, witness some local artists painting portraits of South Australian trailblazers including Maggie Beer!

Tickets on sale now: https://www.theshow.com.au/tickets/

Provided in partnership: Office for Women, Royal Agricultural Society, Centre of Democracy, History Trust of SA

South Australian SchooSA Suffrage 125 Schools Competitionls suffrage 125 competition

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

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Australia Region Conference

This conference is a biennial, non-partisan event for women parliamentarians and this year will be part of celebrations of 125 years of Women’s Suffrage in South Australia.

Women parliamentarians from around Australia will celebrate 125 years of progress in their work and how they can encourage more women to be part of politics. The event will include a networking evening for aspiring young women politicians on Tuesday 8 October held at the South Australian Parliament. Any enquiries can be directed to CWP@aph.gov.au

Calendar of Events

Still want more? We are constantly adding to a list of events and initiatives related to the 125th! 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

Release of the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan

Recently the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) endorsed the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022, agreeing on five national priorities to reduce family, domestic and sexual violence.

The Fourth Action Plan includes 20 practical actions under five national priority areas:

  • Primary prevention is key
  • Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children
  • Respect, listen and respond to the diverse lived experience and knowledge of women and their children affected by violence
  • Respond to sexual violence and sexual harassment
  • Improve support and service system responses.

The Fourth Action Plan is available on the Department of Social Services’ website.

An overview of key Commonwealth initiatives under the Fourth Action Plan is available here.

Share the Dignity - donate pads and tampons

Share the DignityTwice a year, sanitary product distribution organisation Share the Dignity hold 'dignity drives' for sanitary products that they can donate to women experiencing homelessness. You can donate packs of products at one of their collection points, or make an online donation to the organisation directly. You can even host a collection box at your own organisation!

The current Dignity Drive runs for the whole of August.

    Women in Space - Space Week 2019

    The Women in Space project will bring together women working in the space sector, from around Australia and overseas, from academia, government, industry, civil society, and the military, for a series of events.

    Taking place on Thursday 26 September and Friday 27 September, the event will highlight the achievements of women in the space sector, while providing participants with the opportunity to contribute to a high quality publication, discuss works in progress, network, and support their peers. The outcome of the event will be an edited collection which will be a timely international and interdisciplinary project to highlight the importance and contribution of women to the space sector, and which showcases South Australia’s leadership in space.

    For further details, please contact, Dr Stacey Henderson via email: stacey.henderson@adelaide.edu.au or visit the Space Industry Association of Australia website.

    News Articles

    The Conversation - The latest action plan to tackle violence against women isn't perfect, but it takes a much-needed holistic approach
    ABC News - Women don't feel safe in public spaces - and it's up to men to do something about it
    SBS News - How #MeToo changed China, one year on
    The Conversation - Hidden women of history - Eleanor Anne Ormerod, the self taught agricultural entomologist who tasted a live newt
    SBS News - Women aren't better multitaskers, turns out they just do more work
    The Conversation - Unwanted sexual attention plagues young women going out at night
    National Indigenous Times - Indigenous Business Australia announces second conference to grow women's businesses
    ABC News - Working mums often have to choose between flexibility and a pay rise
    SMH - The nightmare that's been waiting to hit Australian women
    Myf Warhurst podcast - Women of Steel - the story of migrant women at Wollongong's BHP steelworks that changed the rules for all working women in Australia
    SMH - It's time we got off the Lolita Express
    The Conversation - Cricket Australia's new gender rules give much-needed clarity to athletes and clubs 
    The Conversation - Why women are more likely to have dodgy hip implants or other medical devices
    ABC News - CONTENT WARNING #LetHerSpeak - Grace Tame speaks about abuse from her schoolteacher

    Events

    Speak out against domestic and family violence forum

    The Australian Migrant Resource Centre and White Ribbon Australia invite you to a Father's Day event to Speak Out Against Domestic and Family Violence. The event will feature guest speakers including representatives from White Ribbon Australia, SAPOL, the African Communities Council of SA, the Bosnian-Syrian Community of SA and the Afghan United Association of SA.

    Date: Thursday 29 August 2019
    Time: 4pm
    Venue: Adelaide Multicultural Centre, 23 Coglin St Adelaide
    Registration: Download registration form here

    Women Empowerment and Islam

    In this lecture, the Honourable Zuraida Binti Kamaruddin, Minister of Housing and Local Government in Malaysia, will share her personal experience and views as a woman minister, politician, wife and mother and on how the teachings of Islam guide her efforts in empowering women in Malaysia.

    This event is hosted by the Hawke Centre and will be held at 6pm on 9 September 2019 at the Barbara Hanrahan Building BH2-09, UniSA City West Campus. Click here for more information or to register (at no cost) for Women Empowerment and Islam.

    Women's Work: Working for a fair and peaceful world

    This International Day of Peace, hear from four leading international women’s organisations working for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment. Key representatives from Business & Professional Women International, Soroptimist International, Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, and YWCA Australia will come together to speak about their organisations, their aims and objectives, and the work their women members do to build justice and peace, human rights, gender equality, and women's empowerment at the local (grassroots), national, and international levels.

    Date: Friday 20th September
    Time: 6:15 for 6:30pm start
    Venue: Bradley Forum, Level 5, Hawke Centre City West Campus, University of South Australia
    Booking: Tickets $5 from TryBooking

    Forum followed by networking and refreshments. Presented by Women's International League for Peace and Freedom; BPW; YWCA Australia.

    Save the Date - Celebrating Catherine Helen Spence scholarship recipients

    Catherine Helen Spence (1825-1910) was a significant South Australian woman - a noted social and political reformer and a writer. Not long after she died in 1910 the South Australian government established a fund for a scholarship in her honour. Many notable South Australian women have received this scholarship over the last 110 years and have contributed to the betterment of social conditions in this state.

    For the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in SA, the Catherine Helen Spence Scholarship Committee and the Fay Gale Centre are celebrating her legacy by exploring the lives and work of the scholarship recipients.

    Date: Wednesday 13 November
    Time: 5pm for 5.30 - 7.30pm
    Venue: University of Adelaide (TBA)

    Northern Regional Violence Forum - Why doesn't she just leave?

    Do you work with women and families in a community, frontline or educational setting where you are responding to women impacted by Family/ Domestic Violence (FDV)? Have you ever found yourself talking with a family, or witnessing something and thinking it might be FDV? Workers in libraries, community centres, children centres, frontline and clinical workers will often be some of the first to have a FDV disclosure and can be crucial in how the family accesses supports. This forum is for workers who want to upskill their responses, specifically the topic ‘Why doesn’t she just leave’ and the complexities that women face when experiencing FDV.

    Date: Wednesday 27 November 2019
    Time: 9am - 4pm
    Venue: Salisbury Community Hub, 34 Church St Salisbury
    Cost: $70
    Bookingshttps://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/northern-regional-forum-keeping-families-safe-working-with-women-why-doesnt-she-just-leave-tickets-65502562929

    Opportunities

    Applications now open to volunteer at 'The Haven' in Murray Bridge

    Applications are now open to register as a 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: https://officeforwomen.sa.gov.au/womens-information-service/volunteering-programs

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

    Date: Monday 14 October 2019
    Time: 2pm
    Location: 18 Beatty Terrace Murray Bridge
    To book your place: contact WIS on 8303 0590

    To apply to become a volunteer or for more information visit the website https://officeforwomen.sa.gov.au/womens-information-service/volunteering-programs and select Safety Hubs.

    Community Grant Opportunities - preventing violence against women and their children

    Two community grant opportunities have been announced by the Australian Government. These are:

    • Men as Role Models for Preventing Violence Against Women and their Children - Organisations are invited to apply for funding to deliver innovative primary prevention activities that involve men as positive role models to drive changes in the behaviours and attitudes that contribute to violence against women and children. These activities will involve men to challenge the underlying social, economic and political conditions, as well as historical and cultural factors that allow violence‑supportive attitudes and behaviours to thrive.
    • Community-led Projects to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children - Organisations are invited to apply for funding to develop and deliver innovative and community led primary prevention activities that challenge violence-supportive attitudes and behaviours. A community-led approach ensures the people, groups and communities impacted by a project are actively involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of the project.

    Getting it Even competition

    Held by the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, the Getting it Even competition aims to raise awareness of women’s participation in politics by encouraging young women to write a 5 minute speech about how they would increase women’s participation in politics and achieve parity of representation.

    Entrants need to make a video of themselves delivering their speech, and provide a PDF copy.

    This competition is open to all South Australian young women aged 18-25. Entries close 13 September 2019.

    Power Trip with Country to CanberraCountry To Canberra

    Know a young woman in regional, rural or remote Australia keen to drive change?

    Country to Canberra's 2019 Leadership Competition is now open!

    Enter and win an all-expenses paid ‘Power Trip’ to Canberra to undertake leadership & media training, get mentored by powerful CEOs & politicians, meet inspiring role models & more. Past winners have met Prime Ministers, been appointed as national youth ambassadors and are published on a national stage.

    Entries close 2 September 2019.

    Cracking the Tech Career - Code Like a Girl

    This event promises a powerhouse panel, from senior coders to CTOs, recruiters, founders and more! They’ll give you the 411 on how to get your dream gig, nail that technical interview, negotiate a better salary and identify the “right” cultural fit. The event will explore solutions to the unique challenges women in tech face, help you position your skillset in a meaningful way, and provide actionable techniques to give your professional profile a boost!

    DaCode Like a Girlte: 29 August 2019
    Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Venue: The Innovation & Collaboration Centre at UniSA, UniSA Cancer Research Institute, Level 2, Corner North Terrace & Morphett St Bridge

    Tickets from $10

    For more information visit the Code Like a Girl website.

    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.

    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.

    Tax Help 2019

    Tax Help is back at WIS for 2019. This service is free and confidential and provided by fully trained volunteers. Tax help is available from July to October.

    To make an appointment or for more information call WIS on 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 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.

    Women's Domestic Violence Court Assistance Service

    Women's Domestic Violence Court Assistance Service

    Women's Domestic Violence Court Assistance Service

    The Women's Domestic Violence Court Assistance Service (WDVCAS) is a specialist legal service providing support to women affected by domestic and family violence.

    Women’s Domestic Violence Court Assistance Service

    Operated by the Legal Services Commission and funded by the South Australian Government, WDVCAS provides a range of services primarily relating to helping women apply for intervention orders and ending tenancy agreements. Previously provided by Victim Support Service, as of 1 July 2019 the WDVCAS is now operated by the Legal Services Commission.

    Women can receive free legal assistance to navigate the Magistrates court processes of applying for, varying, or revoking an intervention order. Assistance can also be provided in reporting breaches of an intervention order and in applying for relevant tenancy orders through the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT).

    WDVCAS assists women throughout all of South Australia with legal practitioners available at multiple locations, allowing for accessible, comprehensive legal advice and assistance to be provided. It is expected that the service will support 800 women who have experienced, or are experiencing, domestic violence and family abuse to navigate the complexities of the legal system each year, with the service operating on an outreach basis to regional South Australia, beyond the Adelaide metro area.

    WDVCAS works closely with other services providing support to women experiencing domestic and family violence, and can refer clients to these services accordingly.

    For further information call 1800 246 642 or visit the WDVCAS website.

    Release of the Fourth Action Plan under the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children

    Release of the Fourth Action Plan under the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children

    Release of the Fourth Action Plan under the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children

    On Friday 9 August, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) endorsed the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022, agreeing on five national priorities to reduce family, domestic and sexual violence.

    The Fourth Action Plan sets an ambitious agenda to eradicate violence against women and their children with 20 practical actions under five national priority areas:

    • Primary prevention is key
    • Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children
    • Respect, listen and respond to the diverse lived experience and knowledge of women and their children affected by violence
    • Respond to sexual violence and sexual harassment
    • Improve support and service system responses.

    As part of the Federal Government’s $68.3 million investment in prevention, $20.9 million is being provided for Our Watch to establish a national prevention hub and deliver a range of community outreach programs to increase the understanding of the drivers of violence against women, and behaviours and attitudes that underpin this violence.

    Work is continuing with states and territories to develop a national implementation plan, which will outline the policies and programs all governments will implement to address the Fourth Action Plan priorities, as well as setting out how performance will be monitored and measured over the life of the Plan. The implementation plan will be released later this year.

    The Fourth Action Plan is available on the Department of Social Services’ website. Over the coming months, the Commonwealth, state and territory governments will work together to develop a national implementation plan, outlining the policies and programs all governments will implement to address the Fourth Action Plan priorities and reduce violence against women and their children. You can read a breakdown of key Commonwealth Government initiatives under each of the Fourth Action Plan priority areas.

    The South Australian Government already supports the Fourth Action Plan through initiatives and actions being undertaken as part of the Committed to Safety framework.

    More information is available in the COAG communique announcing the Fourth Action Plan. For more information on the Fourth Action Plan visit plan4womenssafety.dss.gov.au.

    Office for Women eNews - 8 August 2019

    Office for Women eNews - 8 August 2019

    Office for Women eNews - 8 August 2019

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

    125 years of women's suffrage in SA125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage

    Office for Women Suffrage Anniversary communications toolkit

    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.

    #SASuffrage125 at the Royal Adelaide ShowTheShow logo

    On the morning of 18 December 1894, the South Australian Parliament passed a momentous piece of legislation. South Australian women became the first women in Australia, and among the first in the world, to win the right to vote and the right to stand for Parliament. Women, and men, fought for the vote for women not as an end in itself, but in order to change the world around them. Beginning with the 1894 milestone, this exhibition explores the history of the struggle for women’s rights in South Australia and asks us to consider the question: how much has changed?

    Come and visit the stall in the Jubilee pavilion at the Royal Adelaide show, 30 August 2019 to 8 September 2019. Make your own suffrage badge! While you're there, witness some local artists painting portraits of South Australian trailblazers including Maggie Beer!

    Tickets on sale now: https://www.theshow.com.au/tickets/

    Provided in partnership: Office for Women, Royal Agricultural Society, Centre of Democracy, History Trust of SA

    Unley Women of Influence: Past and Present 

    City of Unley

    A thought provoking discussion about how the plight of women in Unley has changed over time. MC Amanda Blair will guide a panel of inspirational speakers to discuss Unley Women of Influence, Past and Present and look to the future for generations ahead. Panellists include Dr Niki Vincent, Equal Opportunity Commissioner for South Australia, local philanthropist Claire Lennon, and Isobel and Eloise from Taboo sanitary products.

    Date: 21 August 2019
    Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm
    Cost: FREE Bookings essential

    Women in Agriculture and Business (WAB) State Gathering

    Their Triumph, Our Motivation. Join WAB for their State Gathering and an event to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of women's suffrage in SA.  This event is open to the public as well as WAB Members.

    Date: 19 August 2019
    Venue: Adelaide Hills Convention Centre, 145 Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf (Upper Northern Room)
    Cost : $40 (including morning tea and lunch)

    For more information contact WAB at: wabinsa@gmail.com

    South Australian SchooSA Suffrage 125 Schools Competitionls suffrage 125 competition

    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

    A Cross Cultural Exploration of Women's Rights Through Time to Commemorate 125 years of Women's Suffrage in SA 

    Being held by the Muslim Women's Association of SA

    Date: 28 September 2016
    Time: 11am - 2pm 
    Venue: Bradley Forum, Hawke Centre, UniSA CityWest Campus
    Cost: free
    RSVP: Places are limited. RSVP here.

    Guest speakers include Mandy Paul (History Trust of SA) and Dr Nada Ibrahim (Centre for Islamic Thought and Education). Refreshments provided!

    For more information call 8212 0800 or email socialmedia@mwasa.org.au

    Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Australia Region Conference

    This conference is a biennial, non-partisan event for women parliamentarians and this year will be part of celebrations of 125 years of Women’s Suffrage in South Australia.

    Women parliamentarians from around Australia will celebrate 125 years of progress in their work and how they can encourage more women to be part of politics. The event will include a networking evening for aspiring young women politicians on Tuesday 8 October held at the South Australian Parliament. Any enquiries can be directed to CWP@aph.gov.au

    Calendar of Events

    Still want more? We are constantly adding to a list of events and initiatives related to the 125th! 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

    Share the Dignity - donate pads and tampons

    Share the DignityTwice a year, sanitary product distribution organisation Share the Dignity hold 'dignity drives' for sanitary products that they can donate to women experiencing homelessness. You can donate packs of products at one of their collection points, or make an online donation to the organisation directly. You can even host a collection box at your own organisation!

    The current Dignity Drive runs for the whole of August.

      Women in Space - Space Week 2019

      The Women in Space project will bring together women working in the space sector, from around Australia and overseas, from academia, government, industry, civil society, and the military, for a series of events.

      Taking place on Thursday 26 September and Friday 27 September, the event will highlight the achievements of women in the space sector, while providing participants with the opportunity to contribute to a high quality publication, discuss works in progress, network, and support their peers. The outcome of the event will be an edited collection which will be a timely international and interdisciplinary project to highlight the importance and contribution of women to the space sector, and which showcases South Australia’s leadership in space.

      For further details, please contact, Dr Stacey Henderson via email: stacey.henderson@adelaide.edu.au or visit the Space Industry Association of Australia website.

      News Articles

      Opportunities

      Power Trip with Country to CanberraCountry To Canberra

      Know a young woman in regional, rural or remote Australia keen to drive change?

      Country to Canberra's 2019 Leadership Competition is now open!

      Enter and win an all-expenses paid ‘Power Trip’ to Canberra to undertake leadership & media training, get mentored by powerful CEOs & politicians, meet inspiring role models & more. Past winners have met Prime Ministers, been appointed as national youth ambassadors and are published on a national stage.

      Entries close 2 September 2019.

      Cracking the Tech Career - Code Like a Girl

      This event promises a powerhouse panel, from senior coders to CTOs, recruiters, founders and more! They’ll give you the 411 on how to get your dream gig, nail that technical interview, negotiate a better salary and identify the “right” cultural fit. The event will explore solutions to the unique challenges women in tech face, help you position your skillset in a meaningful way, and provide actionable techniques to give your professional profile a boost!

      DaCode Like a Girlte: 29 August 2019
      Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
      Venue: The Innovation & Collaboration Centre at UniSA, UniSA Cancer Research Institute, Level 2, Corner North Terrace & Morphett St Bridge

      Tickets from $10

      For more information visit the Code Like a Girl website.

      Women's Employment into Action at the Australian Migrant Resource Centre

      The AMRC have two opportunities for either women with overseas qualifications in health/medicine/community work; or women that are a refugee or migrant parent with children at home or at school. Women's Employment into Action (WEIA) aims to assist you to get a job in aged care or NDIS care work, and provide support along the way.

      Visit the AMRC website to find out more about these opportunities and submit an expression of interest

      Click here to view the flyers for these programs (click the links at the bottom of the page)

      An information session on WEIA is being held at the Adelaide Multicultural Centre, 23 Coglin Street Adelaide, on Tuesday 13 August at 9:30am. Contact Prue Hemming for more information (08) 8217 9523 or email mrcworks@amrc.org.au.

      Augusta Zadow awards open for applications

      SafeWork SA is offering up to $20,000 in the annual Augusta Zadow Awards, which provide funding for projects that improve health and safety for women and young people working in South Australia.

      More information is available on the SafeworkSA website.

      Applications close 9am Monday 19 August 2019

      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.

      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.

      First safety hub 'The Haven' opens in Murray Bridge

      Services are being established under the government’s safety hubs election commitment from August 2019 to June 2021, to help improve the safety of women and their children experiencing (or at risk of) domestic, family or sexual violence.

      Each location will provide a safe local place where women can speak confidentially to trained workers or volunteers, who can provide information, support, and referrals to appropriate services.

      Find out all the details about the first safety hub here.

      Tax Help 2019

      Tax Help is back at WIS for 2019. This service is free and confidential and provided by fully trained volunteers. Tax help is available from July to October.

      To make an appointment or for more information call WIS on 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 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.

      Safety Hubs Election Commitment - First safety hub 'The Haven' launched in Murray Bridge

      Safety Hubs Election Commitment - First safety hub 'The Haven' launched in Murray Bridge

      Safety Hubs Election Commitment - First safety hub 'The Haven' launched in Murray Bridge

      Safety hubs election commitment

      Services are being established under the government’s safety hubs election commitment from August 2019 to June 2021, to help improve the safety of women and their children experiencing (or at risk of) domestic, family or sexual violence.

      Each location will provide a safe local place where women can speak confidentially to trained workers or volunteers, who can provide information, support, and referrals to appropriate services.

      Different types of services will be established - which type is in a region depends on the needs of the community. They may be:

      • located within a universal service such as a community or childcare centre, or health service
      • a stand-alone centre with different services available within it, such as housing, child and family services, counselling, financial, and legal support
      • a centrally located service that provides outreach services to surrounding communities.

      The location of each service, and identifying what services are needed for each region, have been driven by feedback from six domestic violence roundtable forums held across South Australia in 2018-19, as well as ongoing consultation with local service providers.

      First safety hub launch - The Haven

      The Haven is the first site established under the government’s safety hub election commitment. The Haven launched today in the Murray and Mallee region in Murray Bridge. The Haven is a partnership between the Office for Women, the Murray Bridge Community Centre and local community organisations.

      The Haven – Murray Bridge

      Provided by the Women’s Information Service

      Murray Bridge Community Centre
      Phone: 0402 889 542
      Email: mbsafetyhub@gmail.com

      Opening hours

      Monday and Friday: 9am to 4pm
      Tuesday and Thursday: 12.30pm to 4pm
      Wednesday: 9am to 12.30pm

      For further information about services provided by The Haven, see the Women’s Information Service.

      Safety hub region

      Opening date

      1. Adelaide Hills

      2. Southern Adelaide

      3. Northern Adelaide and Barossa, Light and Lower North

      4. Eyre and Western

      5. Limestone Coast

      2019-2020

      6. Far North

      7. Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island

      8. Yorke and Mid North

      2020-2021

      Housing and Homelessness Strategy Consultation

      Housing and Homelessness Strategy Consultation

      Housing and Homelessness Strategy Consultation

      Your input is being sought to shape a new Housing and Homelessness Strategy and future direction of housing in South Australia.

      A new Housing and Homelessness Strategy is being developed and will provide an opportunity to redefine and reform the housing system in South Australia over the next 10 years. It will address how to meet current and future housing needs, and aims to provide a common vision for the future of housing in South Australia.

      Your feedback is sought to help shape this new strategy to improve housing outcomes for South Australians. The strategy has implications for older women, women experiencing domestic and/or family violence, Aboriginal women and women with disabilities.

      Public consultation is being held through the YourSAy website. Feedback can be provided through completing the online submission form, or emailing a submission to housing.strategy@sa.gov.au.

      For more information, background and details on the consultation, please visit the YourSAy website.

      Your input will help build a strategy to provide better housing outcomes for South Australians.

      Consultations close 5pm Saturday 31 August 2019.

      Committed to Safety eNews - Current Editions

      Office for Women - Committed to Safety enews - 2 August 2019

      Office for Women - Committed to Safety enews - 2 August 2019

      Office for Women - Committed to Safety enews - 2 August 2019

      Welcome to the Office for Women Committed to Safety eNews Bulletin

      Categories of information provided in this bulletin are as follows:

      News

      SA Government personal protection app

      A life-saving Liberal Government funded mobile phone app linking at-risk women directly to police and domestic violence services has been provided to 46 women since it went live in late November 2018. The personal protection app’s main safety feature includes a “duress feature”, which links women directly with authorities if they are at immediate risk of harm. So far, the duress feature has been used 11 times by women in danger. Each time the feature is activated, the alarm alerts a 24/7 monitoring centre to contact SAPOL for a quick police response.

      Women experiencing domestic and family violence can call the 24/7 Domestic Violence Crisis Line on 1800 800 098 to speak to a specialist worker about accessing the app. Access to the app is considered as part of the safety planning process with women experiencing domestic and family violence.

      See the SA Government media release for more information.

      PICKLE update

      PICKLE is a mobile phone app and website that was launched in 2016 to assist young people who are at risk of homelessness or experiencing homelessness to find help and support. The idea behind PICKLE is to get young people in front of a human services worker as quickly as possible, as well as to promote the Homelessness Gateway number to those who may not be aware of it. 

      Shelter SA staff are currently working on updating the app to make it as current as possible. If you would like your service to appear on PICKLE, please contact Shelter SA on sheltersa@sheltersa.asn.au.

      That is Violence campaign - 1800RESPECT

      1800RESPECT has launched the That is Violence campaign. This campaign is part of the Disabilities Pathways Project, and aims to improve pathways and support for women with disability who are impacted by domestic abuse and violence. The campaign includes a series of three videos and social media content.

      Visit the 1800RESPECT website for more details.

      Women's Domestic Violence Court Assistance Service

      The Women’s Domestic Violence Court Assistance Service is now delivered by the Legal Services Commission (LSC) and provides support to women experiencing domestic and family violence. This service is free and is not means tested.

      In particular, LSC lawyers help women with Intervention Orders, tenancy agreements and the preparation of legal documents.

      For free and confidential assistance, call the LSC during business hours on 1800 246 642 or complete the online enquiry form here: https://wdvcas.lsc.sa.gov.au/get-help

      Opportunities

      Grants SA

      Grants SA funding for 2019/20 is now open, at www.dhs.sa.gov.au/grantssa.

      Grants SA provides one-off funding for projects that respond to local community needs, and contribute to strong and inclusive communities. In 2019-20, approximately $3 million in funding will be available through the Grants SA program for projects supporting people and/or communities experiencing disadvantage, and volunteers.

      In 2019-20, one of the priority themes is prevention of domestic, family and sexual violence.

      Major grants are open 17 July – 4 September 2019 and minor grants are open 1 August – 30 September 2019.

      More information, including updated funding guidelines and grant opening dates, is available at www.dhs.sa.gov.au/GrantsSA

      Research and Reports

      ANROWS

      An updated second edition of the ANROWS special collection on Perpetrators of domestic, family and sexual violence is now available.

      This collection offers a guiding resource on Australian peer-reviewed publications and literature. The special collection covers a range of topics, organised around:

      • perpetrator characteristics and patterns of offending
      • prevention
      • perpetrator programs/interventions
      • legal and justice responses
      • statistics

      New research from ANROWS:

      Child Development Council

      The Child Development Council has released its Outcomes Framework for Children and Young People in the areas of health; safety; wellbeing; education; and citizenship (including preparedness for adulthood). The Outcomes Framework is a way or means of telling how South Australia’s children and young people are developing and progressing over time.

      The Framework includes a series of data snapshots including information on South Australian children's health, safety and wellbeing.

      To view the data snapshots visit the Child Development Council website.

      Courses and Programs

      Understanding domestic violence and the impacts on children

      Understanding Domestic Violence & the impacts on children is a practical and informative workshop being delivered by Women's Safety Services SA. The workshop is suitable for any professionals looking to expand and widen their knowledge on domestic violence and particularly the impact it has on children.

      • Date: Monday, 2 September
      • Time: 9:30 am - 4 pm
      • Location: The Salvation Army Ingle Farm, Maxwell Road, Ingle Farm
      • Tickets: $50 from Eventbrite

      Go to Eventbrite for more information and tickets.

      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.

      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.

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