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Office for Women eNews - 14 March 2019

Office for Women eNews - 14 March 2019

Office for Women eNews - 14 March 2019

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

125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage125 years of women's suffrage in SA

Official Office for Women Suffrage Anniversary communications toolkit available online now!

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

Download the toolkit from the Office for Women website.

Calendar of Events

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

FYI

OFW eNews feedback survey

A couple of weeks ago we sent an email asking for your feedback on the Office for Women eNews. Thank you to those who took part in the survey! From your responses, we found out that the majority of you prefer to receive a notification when a new edition of the eNews is published, and that you enjoy the wide variety of information provided. Thank you!

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Thanks again, it's our pleasure to keep you up-to-date on opportunities, events and initiatives relating to women in South Australia!

2019 SA Women's Honour Roll - open for nominations

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

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

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

Cricket Australia continues to press for progress

The continual growth of girls participation and all-girls teams, the transition to a standalone rebel Women’s Big Bash League, as well as the unforgettable and inspiring ICC World T20 victory by the world champion Australian Women’s Cricket Team are all noteworthy achievements highlighted in the Australian Cricket 2019 Press for Progress Report, released nationally on International Women's Day.

Click here to read the 2019 Cricket Australia Press for Progress report.

Events

Girls Rock! Adelaide fundraiserNo photo description available.

Girls Rock! Adelaide is an organisation that provides a music-based school holiday program for young women and gender diverse young people aged 10-17.

There are over 100 Girls Rock! organisations around the world providing music based programs to girls, young women and gender diverse young people. And now, there is a Girls Rock! based in Adelaide!

This non-government organisation is holding their first fundraiser on 30 March, with all funds raised going towards the first Girls Rock! Adelaide program being held in July 2019.

The fundraiser is all ages and will feature some diverse Australian bands with lots of young women musicians, and the after-party from 7pm – 10pm will be DJed by local women. There will also be a raffle!

Date: 30 March 2019
Time: Bands 2pm - 7pm, afterparty 7pm - 10pm
Venue: Lion Arts Factory
Cost: $15

Click here for all the details about the Girls Rock! Adelaide fundraiser.

Click here to find out more about Girls Rock! Adelaide.

Launch of 'In Our Own Voices' exhibition and Nowruz Festival

The Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC),  Middle Eastern Communities Council of SA (MECCSA)  and the Migration Museum invite you to help celebrate Harmony Day at the launch of the In Our Own Voices exhibition including Dr Hamoudi Aldyni's book Twenty Winters. Following this will be the opening of Nowruz Festival by the Hon Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier.

Date: Saturday 23 March 2019
Time: 11am - 5pm
Venue: Migration Museum, 82 Kintore Ave, Adelaide
RSVP: To Alma by email at alma@amrc.org.au by Wednesday 20 March

For more information on the launch of 'In Our Own Voices' click here or contact admin@amrc.org.au.

Women in Food breakfast

Join Lucia Rosella for breakfast made with love by Lucia's and hear from panellists: chef and owner of the Salopian Inn, Karena Armstrong; owner of the Smelly Cheese Shop, Say Cheese and Dough, Valerie Henbest; and Michelle Farinola of Samtass Bros Seafood, talk about what it means to be a woman in the food industry.

Share the Dignity high tea fundraiser

Share The Dignity collects thousands of pads, tampons and personal hygiene products every year for women experiencing homelessness and poverty. Their Annual High Tea event raises vital funds to continue funding Pinkbox Dignity Vending Machines and supplying sanitary items to women and girls experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness or victims of domestic violence. The event occurs in every state across Australia on World Menstrual Hygiene Day, and is a wonderful chance to enjoy a day with friends.

Date: 26 May 2019
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Venue: Stamford Plaza, 150 North Terrace, Adelaide

Click here to find out more and book tickets for the Adelaide high tea fundraiser for Share the Dignity.

National ALGWA conference

2019 National ALGWA Conference

Registrations are open for the 2019 National Australian Local Government Women's Association (ALWGA) Conference. Blacktown City Council together with ALGWA are proud to present a range of engaging speakers and unique social events. The conference is a fantastic opportunity for delegates to network with like minded persons from all avenues of local government.

Featuring:

  • Jessica Rowe AM- Master of Ceremonies
  • Libby Lyons- Director of Australia's Workplace Gender Equality Agency
  • Deborah Thomas- former Councillor and Editor in Chief of The Australian Women’s Weekly
  • Victoria Weekes- Australian Gender Quality Council
  • Kate Jenkins- Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Click here to find out more about the National ALGWA conference.

    Opportunities

    Invisible Farmer project

    Invisible Farmer is the largest ever study of Australian women on the land. This three year project (2017-2020) is funded by the Australian Research Council (LP160100555) and involves a nation-wide partnership between rural communities, academics, government and cultural organisations.

    Despite making up half the agricultural workforce in Australia, women are significantly underrepresented and undervalued in positions of rural leadership and decision making.

    There are significant outcomes to be achieved in making the stories of Australia's farm women more visible. Get involved by sharing your story on the Invisible Farmer website.

    Click here to find out more about Invisible Farmer.

    Women With Disabilities Australia - seeking expert advisors

    Women and Girls with Disability Australia (WWDA) has received funding to develop a new Virtual Centre for Women and Girls with Disability. The Virtual Centre will be a one-stop website that provides accessible, relevant and high-quality information and resources for women and girls with disability on their rights.To ensure that the Virtual Centre design and development is led by women and girls with Disability for women and girls with Disability, an Expert Advisory Panel is being formed.Women with Disabilities Austalia Logo

    WWDA is currently seeking Expressions of Interest from women with disability (or relevant organisations/groups) who are interested in becoming members of the Expert Advisory Panel.

    Click here to find out more about the WWDA Virtual Centre for Women and Girls with Disability.

    Click here to fill in an online 'expression of interest' form for the advisory panel.

    Community feedback sought - Ageing and Adult Safeguarding Regulations 2019

    The Office for Ageing Well (formerly Office for the Ageing) is seeking community feedback on the Ageing and Adult Safeguarding Regulations 2019 that will support the operation of the new Adult Safeguarding Unit when it commences later in 2019.

    To assist with this process, the Ageing and Adult Safeguarding Regulations 2019 Discussion Paper, including draft Regulations and 10 consultation questions, has been released for public consultation. Any feedback on the draft Regulations is welcome.

    The consultation is seeking views from a range of people, particularly those from diverse backgrounds, including older people, and people with lived experience of disability or mental health issues, carers and families, as well as the organisations and services that deliver services to them.

    Click here for information on how you can get involved in the consultation on the Ageing and Adult Safeguarding Regulations 2019 on the YourSAy website

    To find out more or request a hard copy of the Discussion Paper, please email officeforageingwell@sa.gov.au

    The closing date for submissions is 5pm Friday 29 March 2019.

    $20,000 in Women in STEM grant!

    Women's Weekly and Elucent Skincare are looking for the next STEM superwoman, who will receive a grant of $20,000. A panel including Girl Geek Academy co-founder and CEO Sarah Moran, Elucent Skincare microbiologist Alexandra Kite and Editor-in-Chief of The Australian Women's Weekly Nicole Byers will decide on the winner.

    Click here to find out more about this women in STEM grant.

    Applications close 30 April 2019.

    Building Workforce Capacity in Sexual Health Program: Country South Australia

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

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

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

    Scholarships for Tertiary Students - AFUW SA

    The Australian Federation of University Women (AFUW-SA) Trustees each year provide a selection of scholarships for tertiary students. This year, some amounts have increased extending these scholarships to provide greater support.

    If you are a woman undergraduate student studying dentistry, or studying any other topic (including dentistry) at a postgraduate level you may be eligible for financial support through one of these scholarships.

    Click here to find out more about Australian Federation of University Women scholarships

    Applications close 29 March 2019.

    Code Like A Girl networking evening

    Code Like a Girl

    Code Like a Girl is a social enterprise providing girls and women with the confidence, tools, knowledge and support to enter, and flourish, in the world of coding. On 16 May they are holding a networking evening at Collab4Good in Welland.

    Click here to find out more about the Code Like a Girl networking evening!

    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.

    Zahra Foundation Financial Counsellor at the Women's Information Service

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

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

    Click here to visit the Women's Information Service website

    SA Women's Honour Roll 2019

    SA Women's Honour Roll 2019

    SA Women's Honour Roll 2019

    SA Women's Honour Roll 2019

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

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

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

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

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

    Committed to Safety eNews - Current Editions

    Office for Women eNews - Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - 7 March 2019

    Office for Women eNews - Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - 7 March 2019

    Office for Women eNews - Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - 7 March 2019

    Welcome to the Office for Women Addressing Family Violence eNews Bulletin

    Categories of information provided in this bulletin are as follows:

    News

    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. 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. Committed to Safety will connect all of the efforts across Government to achieve a comprehensive, safety driven approach.

    Committed to Safety 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.

    News articles

    An Australian-first study has tracked the impact technology-facilitated abuse has on women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

    Plan International 'Walk Like a Woman' immersive sound experience aims to raise men's awareness of what women experience walking alone at night.

    Migrant women are particularly vulnerable to technology-facilitated domestic abuse

    Female genital mutilation is hurting Australian girls and we must work together to stamp it out

    Research and Reports

    AWAVA Path to Nowhere Report: Women and their children on temporary visas experiencing violence

    The National Advocacy Group on Women on Temporary Visas Experiencing Violence has released the report “Path to Nowhere”. The report draws from data collected by an online survey which was developed for service providers to submit data on women with worked with or who sought assistance from them during the month of August 2018.

    Click here to read the AWAVA Path Nowhere Report.

    New report about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's experience of violence

    The extent of family and domestic violence experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women has been revealed in a new Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) report using previously unpublished data from the 2014-15 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey.

    Click here to view information on the ABS website about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's experience of violence

    Dowry abuse report from senate inquiry

    On 26 June 2018, the Senate referred the practice of dowry and the incidence of dowry abuse in Australia to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 6 December 2018. The official report from this inquiry is now available to download at the below link.

    Click here to find out more and access the report on the inquiry into dowry abuse in Australia

    LGBTIQ domestic violence resource to be made available nationally

    The Department of Social Services has provided funding to ACON, Australia’s largest LGBTIQ health organisation, to expand a resource created to address domestic violence in LGBTIQ communities.

    Produced by ACON, Say It Out Loud (sayitoutloud.org.au) is a website that provides information, support and resources to address abuse in LGBTIQ relationships as well as information about what a healthy relationship looks like and tips on how to have one.

    With federal funding over a two year period, Say it Out Loud will be expanded to have nationally appropriate and state-specific content, such as state-wide referral information, support options, as well as relevant legal information and legislation for each state.

    Click here to find out more about the ACON 'Say it out Loud' resource.

    ANROWS submission to the NSW Law Reform Commission review of consent and knowledge of consent in relation to sexual offences

    Actions to support LGBTI and Gender Diverse elders

    The Australian Government Department of Health has released two documents that seek to support LGBTI and gender diverse older people, as these groups are likely to have experienced violence, stigma and discrimination throughout their lives.

    There is a Guide for Aged Care Providers, and a Consumer Guide. Read more about the actions to support LGBTI and Gender Diverse elders on the ShineSA blog.

    Curtin University research into women who use force in a family context

    A survey is being conducted as part of the Women Who Use Force in a Family Context project, which aims to gather information from workers to establish a practice framework for programs that respond to women who use force in Australia. This survey aims to improve understandings of the workforce capacity of the current community services sector in responding to women who use force, by exploring current responses, knowledge of programs and workforce requirements for more effective responses.

    Click here to participate in the survey into women who use force in a family context

    Courses and Programs

    Building knowledge and capacity about culturally and linguistically diverse communities - Adelaide session

    The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (2013–2017) identified Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities as a sub-group of Australia’s population that we know very little about. To help heed the call on building knowledge and capacity in the services sector, a cultural competency education program has been developed by Dr Pooja Sawrikar at Griffith University, and will be delivered in Adelaide on Friday 29 March 2019. Follow the link below to register.

    Click here to register for the child sexual abuse and CALD communities education program in Adelaide.

    DV-Alert Workshops

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

    Click here to find out more about DV-Alert workshops in your area.

    AVERT Family Violence Basics Course

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

    Click here to find out more about the 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.

    Click here to find out more about child focused training for the homelessness and domestic/family violence sector.

    Webinar - Intimate partner violence in Australian refugee and immigrant communities: Culturally safe strategies for practice

    This webinar will discuss the emerging research on how service providers can ensure appropriate support is available to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. It will include an outline of practical strategies to support community involvement and leadership, cultural safety and trauma-informed care. The webinar will also discuss what works to help implement these strategies, with a focus on current examples of practical strategies to address challenges to service delivery in rural and regional settings.

    Date: 27 March 2019
    Time: 1pm to 2pm AEDT

    Click here to find out more or register for this webinar.

    Events

    Victim Support Service Symposium - Surviving in Exile: Trauma to Recovery

    Victim Support Service have announced a symposium to be held at the National Wine Centre in May 2019 to share experiences, knowledge, ideas and best practice in 'trauma to recovery' pathways.

    Key topics for discussion include:

    • Autonomy and Elder Abuse
    • Systemic Responses to Domestic Violence and Abuse
    • Memory and Triggers- Childhood Sexual Abuse
    • Invisible Women - Trafficking and Justice

    Click here for more information on the VSS symposium 'Surviving in Exile: Trauma to Recovery'.

    Women's Information Service programs

    Family Court Support program

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

    Click here to visit the Family Court Support program webpage.

    Zahra Foundation Financial Counsellor at WIS

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

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

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

    Support services

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

    1800 RESPECT - 1800 737 732

    Lifeline - 13 11 14

    Domestic Violence Crisis Line (SA) - 1800 800 098

    Office for Women eNews - Committed to Safety

    Office for Women eNews - Committed to Safety

    Office for Women eNews - Committed to Safety

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - DVDS

    Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - DVDS

    Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - DVDS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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