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Office for Women eNews - 13 December

Office for Women eNews - 13 December

Office for Women eNews - 13 December

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

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.



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: 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


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.


Office for Women eNews - 14 November

Office for Women eNews - 14 November

Office for Women eNews - 14 November

South Australian Government news

Delivering better legal support to victims of domestic violence

Nearly 350 South Australian women have sought support from the Women’s Domestic Violence Court Assistance Service since the Legal Services Commission began providing the service in July.

125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage

Women's Suffrage and Economic Empowerment panel discussion 

29 November 2019

Join panelists Annabel Crabb, Clare Wright and Senator Penny Wong, in conversation with Tory Shepherd, to explore women's suffrage and economic empowerment.

The event, presented by the Women in Economics Network,  will celebrate our successes: women in South Australia not only won the right to vote, but the ability to stand for parliament, before their peers across Australia and the rest of the world. It will also acknowledge that we still have some way to go before our rights translate to equal representation, and what this means for our ability to participate in the decision-making that matters.

Tickets $15 (free for Women in Economics Network members)


Feminism and Democracy - Then and Now

30 November 2019

Join the Centre of Democracy to commemorate this achievement and discuss what democracy and feminism mean today, with two panels of inspiring women

Panel 1: Our Democratic Foremothers - Denise George and Clare Wright, in conversation with Dr Nikki Sullivan.
This year, SA celebrates women's right to vote and stand for parliament: 125 years ago. Clare Wright and Denise George explore how it all happened. Denise tells the story of SA’s world-leading achievement in her biography of leading Adelaide suffragist, Mary Lee, and Clare's You Daughters of Freedom charts its spread to the rest of Australia, and Australia's role in the international push.

Panel 2: Who Our Foremothers Forget - Manal Younus, Genevieve Theseira-Haese and Rosemary Kudnarto Wanganeen.
In celebrating 125 years of women's suffrage, let's not forget that it wasn't exactly all-inclusive. Whose voices were missing and why? Our panel looks at how much things have improved for those of non-dominant cultures and identities and ask, how do we imagine a future that is truly feminist and equal?

Tickets: $20


Hard won... but not yet done

Join the YWCA for their AGM, followed by a celebration event of 125 years of women’s suffrage in South Australia on 28 November 2019 at Ayers House from 5:30 pm.

Join the YWCA as they celebrate our past and present and envision our future. The event is hosted by The Hon Michelle Lensink MLC, Minister for Human Services, and Ms Katrine Hildyard MP, Shadow Minister for the Status of Women. The design of this event has been led by YWCA young women in South Australia.

FREE event Bookings essential

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


#itsinthebag campaign

Share the Dignity is once again running its #itsinthebag campaign. It’s simple. First of all, choose a handbag in good condition that you no longer use.  Then, fill it with items that would make a woman feel special, pop in a thoughtful note or Christmas card and show her someone cares. Show her that she matters because everyone deserves to feel that way. You have the power to make life better for a woman or girl experiencing homelessness or poverty this Christmas. Provide pads and tampons, personal hygiene products and everyday luxuries to homeless women, women at risk or women experiencing domestic violence.

For more information, drop off spots and ideas of what to fill your bag with visit the Share the Dignity website.

News and Research

ANROWS Podcast

  • Insights: The ANROWS Podcast - "Recounting Women" -  In this episode, Heidi Ehrat, 2018 Chairperson of the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network, and Amani Haydar, lawyer, artist, and advocate, sit down with ANROWS CEO Dr Heather Nancarrow to discuss compassion fatigue, personal narratives, data, and characteristics and warning signs of intimate partner violence.
  • Insights: The ANROWS Podcast - How do we engage men who use violence? - In this episode, members of the research team Professor Sarah Wendt (Flinders University), Dr Kate Seymour (Flinders University), and Chris Dolman (Emerging Minds and Uniting Communities) sit down with Michele Robinson, Director, Evidence to Action (ANROWS) to discuss what invitational narrative practice is, how shame and “ethical preferences” play an important role in this technique, and discuss how to evaluate the effectiveness of this work.

In the news:

The Guardian - Wondering why more women don't run for office? Look what happened to Katie Hill
ABC News - Adolescent family violence needs stronger approach
ABC News - The indigenous women taking charge of their financial futures
The Guardian - Indigenous women continue to play key role in development of football in Australia
ABC News - The 15th Century feminist who used fairy tales as a weapon
ABC News - The emerging science behind lighting and women's safety
ABC News - The tortuous history of women in pain
Euronews - A glass ceiling in male-dominated big tech is keeping innovating women from making their mark
Women's Agenda - Why women managers need their colleagues to back them in
Forbes - Why we need to close the financial literacy gap for women
Harvard Business Review - As jobs are automated, will men and women be affected equally?
Forbes - It's not the women, it's the workplace
The Sydney Morning Herald - Women in Australia's biggest cities retire younger than their urban counterparts
The Guardian - Number of women on boards of Australia's top companies falls
The Guardian - The female problem: how male bias in medical trials ruined women's health


Indigenous and CALD women in politics workshop

Join Esther Simbi, Dignity Party, and a range of speakers to discuss the joys and challenges of public and political life on the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in South Australia - featuring a video presentation by Dr Anne Aly MP. The workshop will be followed by a performance by Dusty Feet Mob and an Iranian feast! A forum discussion on the Statement from the Heart and the future of Voice, Treaty, Truth will form the high-point of this event.

Presented by Community Connections and the Spire Community.

When: 3 - 7:30 pm, 23 November 2019
Where:  Hope's Cafe, corner The Parade and Portrush Road, Norwood

How workplaces can help prevent violence against women

Join the Equal Opportunity Commission on 3 December at the Science Exchange from 4 - 5:30 pm, for a panel discussion of the critical role workplaces play in preventing violence against women. The event will be facilitated by Dr Niki Vincent, Equal Opportunity Commissioner. Panellists include:

  • Patty Kinnersly, Chief Executive Officer, Our Watch
  • David Brown, Chief Executive, Department for Correctional Services
  • Kim Cheater, Partner, PwC

This is a free event but bookings are essential.

Inspiring SA Women's Awards 2020

Inspiring SA Women's Awards 2020

Inspiring SA Women's Awards 2020

Australia Day Inspiring South Australian Women's Award - celebrating the exceptional contribution of women in the community

Nominations now open!

The Inspiring South Australian Women's Award (formerly known as the Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award) recognises an outstanding woman who has made a significant contribution to the community.  The award was established in 2011 and recognises the outstanding contribution women make, in a voluntary or paid role, in advancing and enriching our society. The award is designed to acknowledge those women who have previously not been publicly recognised for their work and service to the community.

The award categories are:

  • Inspiring SA Women's Award
  • Emerging Leaders Award

A Commendation Award may be bestowed to encourage the future potential of the nominee.

The award is part of the Australia Day Awards and Honours and is jointly coordinated by the Australia Day Council of South Australia and the Office for Women.


Visit the Australia Day Council of SA website to make a nomination and find more information about the award.

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

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


6. Far North

7. Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island

8. Yorke and Mid North


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