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At the Office for Women we often hear about initiatives, programs and events that are of benefit to women. In order to enhance the lives of South Australian women, we regularly collect and mail out links to these items in our Office for Women eNews. This eNews is open to members of the community with an interest in promoting women's empowerment and inclusion.

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Office for Women eNews - 16 September 2020

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Code Like a Girl courses for adults

Female focused coding education organisation Code Like a Girl have launched a range of education courses for adults! Choose between Python Primer, Foundations of Web Development, and Programming with C#. These online short courses are delivered in 2.5 hour chunks over 10 weeks at a time. Click here to find out more about Code Like a Girl's courses for adults.

Supporting women that have survived domestic violence to achieve economic independence

A new pre-apprenticeship program supporting women who have experienced domestic violence has launched in South Australia after a successful Queensland pilot.

MEGT’s Empowering Career Options SA program—delivered in partnership with TAFE SA and the Government of South Australia—will equip 30 women with fundamental workplace skills and give them the opportunity to transition into paid traineeships upon completion.

In addition to earning credits towards a Certificate III in Business Administration, participants will have access to experienced domestic violence health professionals as they’re supported into sustainable employment with local businesses.

Find out more about the Empowering Career Options program here.

Supplementary Volunteer Grants 2020

Volunteering SA&NT, on behalf of the Australian Government, is offering 2020 Supplementary Volunteer Grants to organisations that have volunteers across South Australia and the Northern Territory to support the efforts of volunteers in building stronger, more resilient communities.

Grants of $1000 - $5000 can be used by volunteer involving organisations to support the efforts of their volunteers and encourage and increase participation in volunteering. Funding can assist organisations transition their volunteer programs back into operation following the disruption caused by COVID-19, with grants to help re-engage volunteers and adapt practices to support volunteers’ safety.

Click here to find out more about this COVID-19 supplementary volunteer grants scheme.

Applications close 20 September 2020.

Youth Action Project Grant Scheme

The Youth Action Projects Grant Scheme is now open to individuals and organisations supporting activities important to young Australians. The Australian Government understands the unprecedented impact COVID-19 and last summer's bushfire season has had on young Australians. Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck, said the targeted scheme was an opportunity for individuals and organisations to apply for funding to support projects that will make a difference in the lives of young people.

Grants of between $5000 and $20,000 are available for projects which respond to the social challenges facing those aged 15–24.

This grant round closes 7 October 2020. Click here for more information on the Youth Action Projects Grants.

Planning Ahead week

7 to 13 September was Planning Ahead Week - a time to raise community awareness of the importance of completing various legal tools such as Advance Care Directives (ACDs), Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPA), Wills and registration for organ and tissue donation, to safeguard future health, financial, legal and personal wishes. Even though Planning Ahead Week is now finished, it's never too late to think about the future.

SA Health encourage you, your family, and your community to safeguard future rights and ensure decisions made for you are consistent with your wishes, values and preferences. For more information, see www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/planningahead.

Skills Projects from DIS

The Department for Industry and Skills has launched Skilling SA Workforce Projects to address the current workforce needs as a result of impacts of COVID-19. Proposals for projects are currently being accepted for funding under this scheme, under certain criteria. Click here to find out all the details about Skilling SA Workforce Projects.

White Ribbon grants

The re launched White Ribbon Australia has a renewed focus on community engagement, committing resources to advocacy activities seeking to bring about meaningful change in the prevention of gendered violence in Australia. Communities are encouraged to organise and develop capacity to generate local responses to local issues, to engage men and boys at the grassroots level, to drive changes in social norms. The White Ribbon Breakfast and White Ribbon Night Committee has announced White Ribbon 2020 grants to support these aims. Projects must:

  • Reflect the ideals of White Ribbon
  • Promote & acknowledge the work of White Ribbon in the primary prevention of violence against women
  • Have an educational, awareness raising or service delivery focus
  • Seek maximum funding of $5000

Click here to find out more about these White Ribbon grants.

Applications close 5pm Saturday 3 October 2020.

YWCA 'We speak' survey

YWCA We Speak Survey. A gendered lens on leadership, housing and wellbeing.YWCA members and supporters are invited to participate in the first We Speak survey, a collaboration with BEST - Centre for Behavioural Economics, Society and Technology (BEST) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). We Speak will provide a gendered lens on experiences of leadership and civic engagement, housing and economic security, and will also contribute to QUT PhD research on women’s health. Your contribution will help YWCA to understand the real-life experiences of women and non-binary people. Take part in the YWCA We Speak survey here.

Events

YWCA webinar series - Reflect. Grow. Thrive.

Beginning on Monday 5 October and ending on Friday 9 October, 'Reflect. Grow. Thrive' is a webinar series presented by YWCA Adelaide. The series is free to access for all YWCA members or $2.50 per session for non-members. The series will run in the week leading up to International Day of the Girl (11 October). Find out more about the Reflect Grow Thrive series here.

Intersectionality Discussion SeriesHarmony Alliance: Migrant & Refugee women for change

The Australian Harmony Alliance - migrant & refugee women for change - are holding an intersectionality discussion series. Two sessions coming up include topics 'Intersections of racism and sexism' and 'Othering of culture as complexity in the context of violence against women'. Find out more about the Harmony Alliance intersectionality discussion series here.

Sexuality and intellectual disability

The South Australian Council on Intellectual Disability (SACID) has developed interactive workshops about sexuality and relationships for adults with intellectual disability, and parents of people with intellectual disability. These workshops will be delivered in different Adelaide regions, in August, September and October 2020. Click here to view the flyer for the SACID sexuality, relationships and intellectual disability educational workshops.

News and Views

News articles

SMH - Women's work a government focus for coronavirus recovery plans
Triple J Hack - At 15, young women enter a sexual assault 'danger zone'
The Big Smoke - Australia's poor old women
Brisbane Times - Focus recovery on pink-collar jobs to avoid a pink recession
InDaily - Boost to SA domestic violence funding
ABC News - Companies urged to change approach to workplace sexual harassment
ABC News - Trying to make cricket a 'normal thing for young girls to do'
SBS News - Calls for women's economic and political potential to be 'unleashed'
News.com.au - Calls for obstetric care workers to delve deeper into psychological abuse
InDaily - SA Equal Opportunity Commissioner quits for Victorian job
ABC News - Why some new mums struggle with their baby's sex

Reports and Resources

Reports

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare - Sexual assault in Australia in focus

Participate in research

How men and women are managing their responsibilities during COVID-19

This research project aims to understand how work - paid employment and unpaid work - and home life has changed and continues to change due to the outbreak of COVID-19/Coronavirus in Australia. In particular, we are interested in understanding how men and women are managing their broad range of responsibilities, navigating new ways of working and continuing to provide care within their families. The aim is to understand the issues and challenges faced during this period to inform research, policy and industry insights. Find out more about participating in this COVID-19 study here.

Gendered division of labour in the home

Broad Agenda are looking into the gendered division of labour in the home, and are seeking participants to send in a week's worth of photos related to the unpaid work they are doing during COVID-19 restrictions. Find out more about how to participate in this Broad Agenda study here.

Resources

ANROWS webinars - ANROWS have put their webinars together in one place - you can find them here!

Respect Victoria - Toolkit for using the National Community Attitudes Survey in the primary prevention of violence against women

Male Champions of Change - responding to employees who use domestic and family violence

Male Champions of Change, with the support of key partners, has developed a new resource to guide organisations in responding to employees who may use domestic and family violence. This resource provides much needed, evidence-informed guidance which organisations are invited to adopt, adapt and share to help accelerate change towards a world where all women are safe, equal and valued. Click here to find out more about this new Male Champions of Change resource for workplaces.

Resources for DFV Agencies wanting to use technology with clients during COVID-19

WESNET have released advice and resources for domestic and family violence agencies seeking to use technology to support clients during COVID-19 restrictions.

'Don't become that man' website

A website resource has been created for men who want to stop using violence, or who don't want to become men who use violence. The 'Don't become that man' website offers support through encouraging men to connect with treatment and support services to prevent escalation to violence; and engaging men by focusing on their behaviour and the harm created by their violence against women and children.

View the 'Don't Become that Man' website here.

WIS What's On

The Women's Information Service regularly publish a 'What's On' of community services and events for South Australian women. Find the WIS What's On on our website.

Additional Government DFSV funding

Additional Government DFSV funding

Additional Government DFSV funding

Additional Government funding to address domestic, family and sexual violence in South Australia

In addition to funds announced in April 2020, the Government has announced more financial assistance for people experiencing abuse and violence and to keep them safe. This September 2020 funding is a $2.4 million boost to help at-risk South Australians during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Federal Government funding injection has enabled the South Australian Government to fast-track new measures and provide more support to ensure the safety of women and their children who are experiencing, or at risk of, domestic, family and sexual violence at this time.

The new, immediate measures include:

  • $700,000 for victim and survivor support including packages that cover $2.4 million boost to support at-risk South Australianstransport, personal needs, health services and food, more financial planning support and fast-tracking the opening of safety hubs in the Limestone Coast and Whyalla regions from December 2020 to 2021.
  • An additional $500,000 for perpetrator behavior change support services, allowing the 24/7 Men’s Referral Service, OARS ‘Don’t Become That Man” program and Kornar Winmil Yunti (KWY) to extend their services beyond December 2020, and fast-tracking services specifically targeted to men.
  • $1.2 million for services that respond to the needs of vulnerable people, community recovery initiatives and contingency funds to enable flexible responses as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.
  • The funding allows support services to specifically respond to particularly vulnerable groups, including women living in remote areas, women living with disability, Aboriginal women and their children and LGBTIQA+ people.

Federal Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said South Australia had shared in $4.8 million in Federal Government funding as part of a $150 million response package to support Australians experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence due to the fallout from COVID-19.

For more about this announcement, click here to read the full media release.

1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732
Men’s Referral Service: 1300 766 491
DV Crisis Line: 1800 800 098

Office for Women eNews - 20 August 2020

Office for Women eNews - 20 August 2020

Office for Women eNews - 20 August 2020

Get involved

YWCA 'We speak' survey

YWCA We Speak Survey. A gendered lens on leadership, housing and wellbeing.YWCA members and supporters are invited to participate in the first We Speak survey, a collaboration with BEST - Centre for Behavioural Economics, Society and Technology (BEST) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). We Speak will provide a gendered lens on experiences of leadership and civic engagement, housing and economic security, and will also contribute to QUT PhD research on women’s health. Your contribution will help YWCA to understand the real-life experiences of women and non-binary people. Take part in the YWCA We Speak survey here.

Consultation - DHS Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

Community consultation for the Department of Human Services (DHS) Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) is now open!

DHS has drafted its DAIP and is asking the community to provide feedback to make sure the supports and services are accessible and inclusive for people with a disability.

Consultation will be open until 4 September 2020 and you can have your say in a number of ways. More details about how you can provide feedback are available on our website. To view the draft DAIP and provide your feedback, please head to the DHS website http://www.dhs.sa.gov.au/dhsdaip.

Anna Stewart Memorial Project

The ASMP provides an opportunity for women union members to learn about organising, industrial representation and other union activities. The ASMP also promotes leadership roles for women. The ASMP was previously scheduled to begin in April this year and was deferred due to COVID-19. The program has now been rescheduled for 26-30 October 2020 and expressions of interest are invited from women union members to participate.

Click here to submit an EOI to participate in the Anna Stewart Memorial Project.

Country to Canberra rural young women's essay competitionCountry to Canberra

The Country to Canberra competition invites young women living in rural and regional areas to enter their annual essay competition, with this year's theme of LIFTING US UP – How can women and girls empower each other and their communities in times of uncertainty and change?

Entrants must submit a 400-600 word written response or a 3-4 minute video for the chance to win an ALL EXPENSES PAID “Power Trip” to Canberra! You must be female/female identifying and in years 10, 11 or 12 to enter.

Click here to find out more about Country to Canberra

Entries close 4 September 2020.

Girl Rising - Storytelling Challenge

International girls' advocacy organisation Girl Rising has announced a Storytelling Challenge! You are invited to share the story of how you are or someone you know is fighting for human rights, racial equity, gender equity during these challenging times.

Girl Rising is looking for diverse stories of young leaders, including how individuals and groups are working to ensure girls’ education and opportunity for girls continues during school lockdowns. All stories will be part of our online compendium. 12 Showcase Stories will be shared at the Girl Rising International Day of the Girl celebration in October 2020.

Entries close 1 September 2020.

Find out more about the Girl Rising Storytelling Challenge here.

Events

Intersectionality Discussion SeriesHarmony Alliance: Migrant & Refugee women for change

The Australian Harmony Alliance - migrant & refugee women for change - are holding an intersectionality discussion series. Two sessions coming up include topics 'Intersections of racism and sexism' and 'Othering of culture as complexity in the context of violence against women'. Find out more about the Harmony Alliance intersectionality discussion series here.

Sexuality and intellectual disability

The South Australian Council on Intellectual Disability (SACID) has developed interactive workshops about sexuality and relationships for adults with intellectual disability, and parents of people with intellectual disability. These workshops will be delivered in different Adelaide regions, in August, September and October 2020. Click here to view the flyer for the SACID sexuality, relationships and intellectual disability educational workshops.

Recognising and responding to sexual assault: Online training for AOD workers

This training includes topics such as: Prevalence of Rape and Sexual Assault, Key values and approaches, Public myths and attitudes, Perpetrator research, Understanding the impact of sexual violence, Sexual assault in the context of domestic and family violence, Vulnerable groups and communities, The law and the criminal justice system, Responding to disclosures, Intro to working therapeutically with rape and sexual assault, Practical case scenarios specific to drug and alcohol counselling.

Time and date: Wednesday 26 August 1:00pm

Click here to register for this online training for AOD workers on recognising and responding to sexual assault.

News and Views

Working Women's Centre update

The Working Women's Centre (WWC) of SA has recovered over half a million dollars in stolen wages, compensation, penalties and lost income for SA women in the most recent financial year alone!

Catch up with what the WWC is up to on their website.

Equal Pay Day 2020

WGEA has released updated information on the gender pay gap prior to Equal Pay Day 2020, which falls on 28 August 2020. This marks the amount of days since the end of the financial year that women work for free when comparing men's and women's average wages. According to recent data, the gender pay gap in Australia is holding steady at 14%. Find out more about the updated gender pay gap information here.  For more about Equal Pay Day 2020 click here. 

News articles

The Conversation: Reforming 'dad leave' is a baby step towards greater gender equality
ABC News: Sexual assault survivors tackle trauma to stay COVID-safe, self-isolate and wear masks
Canberra Times: Why the COVIDload will stop women entering politics
BroadAgenda: COVID's toll on women - why Australia needs a Gender Impact Statement
BroadAgenda: It all adds up: why gender matters in budget responses

Reports and Resources

Reports

ANROWS - Violence against women and mental health research synthesis

Women's Safety NSW - Impact of COVID-19 on migrant and refugee women and children experiencing DFV

ANROWS - Understanding the role of Law and Culture in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in responding to and preventing family violence

Australian Institute of Family Studies

Families in focus for 40 years 1980-2019New research has been published by AIFS about how income and employment has changed for Australian households between 1980 and 2019. Key findings include the increase in employment for mothers. Find out more in this AIFS media release.

Participate in research

Young people aged 16-25

Are you aged 16-25? Do you use social media to prevent gender-based violence? RMIT University researchers want to hear from you. Their team wants to better understand how young people in Australia challenge gender-based violence. They will be conducting online focus groups with others like yourself to share your experiences. You can take part if you are: between 16 and 25 years old, living in Australia, and have shared or created content online to prevent gender-based violence. Participation is totally voluntary and will take a maximum of 90 minutes. To participate, or for more info contact Lena – lena.molnar@rmit.edu.au.

How men and women are managing their responsibilities during COVID-19

This research project aims to understand how work - paid employment and unpaid work - and home life has changed and continues to change due to the outbreak of COVID-19/Coronavirus in Australia. In particular, we are interested in understanding how men and women are managing their broad range of responsibilities, navigating new ways of working and continuing to provide care within their families. The aim is to understand the issues and challenges faced during this period to inform research, policy and industry insights. Find out more about participating in this COVID-19 study here.

Domestic and family violence practitioners

CURTIN UNIVERSITY - Professor Donna Chung is conducting research on Technology and Domestic Violence in Australia. If you are a domestic and family violence practitioner, provide your views through this survey on technology and domestic violence.

UNSW - Seeking workers helping people impacted by domestic and family violence for a study into how services are meeting community need during the pandemic

Lesbians and domestic violence advocates/experts

Research is currently being conducted into how lesbians and domestic violence advocate/experts perceive coercive control in lesbian relationships. There are two links to participate in the survey: Click here to participate in the study as a DFSV expert or advocate, OR if you are lesbian, click here to provide your views into coercive control. Survey closes end of October 2020.

Gendered division of labour in the home

Broad Agenda are looking into the gendered division of labour in the home, and are seeking participants to send in a week's worth of photos related to the unpaid work they are doing during COVID-19 restrictions. Find out more about how to participate in this Broad Agenda study here.

Resources

OurWATCh Violence Against Women Prevention Handbook for Local Government

OurWATCh has recently released a resource for Local Governments to implement to prevent violence against women. It includes information on family and domestic violence in Australia and the role of prevention in achieving culture change. The toolkit also provides evidence-based and practical resources, tools and templates to help local governments plan and implement prevention activities in their workplaces and communities.

Male Champions of Change - responding to employees who use domestic and family violence

Male Champions of Change, with the support of key partners, has developed a new resource to guide organisations in responding to employees who may use domestic and family violence. This resource provides much needed, evidence-informed guidance which organisations are invited to adopt, adapt and share to help accelerate change towards a world where all women are safe, equal and valued. Click here to find out more about this new Male Champions of Change resource for workplaces.

Women with Disabilities Victoria - responding to violence against women with disabilities

Women with Disabilities Victoria’s Workforce Development Team has produced two new resources. These resources outline the best practice response to violence against women with disabilities, including supporting a woman who discloses experiencing violence, and lists a number of referral services (please note that as the resources were developed by a Victorian service, some services are based in Victoria). Find the resources in the WDV resource library.

Resources for DFV Agencies wanting to use technology with clients during COVID-19

WESNET have released advice and resources for domestic and family violence agencies seeking to use technology to support clients during COVID-19 restrictions.

Women With Disabilities Australia - easy read website launch

WWDA have released an 'easy read' version of their website to support women with disability to engage with their initiatives. In 2018, WWDA received funding to co-design a new website by and for women and girls with disability called Our Site. Over 100 women with disability across Australia have directly contributed to the design and development of the website. Our Site provides practical resources and information  for women and girls with disability about their rights. View the new WWDA easy read website titled 'Our Site' at https://oursite-easyread.wwda.org.au/.

'Don't become that man' website

A website resource has been created for men who want to stop using violence, or who don't want to become men who use violence. The 'Don't become that man' website offers support through encouraging men to connect with treatment and support services to prevent escalation to violence; and engaging men by focusing on their behaviour and the harm created by their violence against women and children.

View the 'Don't Become that Man' website here.

WIS What's On

The Women's Information Service regularly publish a 'What's On' of community services and events for South Australian women. Find the WIS What's On on our website.

Office for Women eNews - 27 July 2020

Office for Women eNews - 27 July 2020

Office for Women eNews - 27 July 2020

Get involved

Consultation - DHS Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

Community consultation for the Department of Human Services (DHS) Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) is now open!

DHS has drafted its DAIP and is asking the community to provide feedback to make sure the supports and services are accessible and inclusive for people with a disability.

Consultation will be open for seven weeks from 20 July 2020 until 4 September 2020 and you can have your say in a number of ways. More details about how you can provide feedback are available on our website. To view the draft DAIP and provide your feedback, please head to the DHS website http://www.dhs.sa.gov.au/dhsdaip.

Anna Stewart Memorial Project

The Anna Stewart Memorial Project (ASMP) was developed to pay tribute to the life and work of Anna Stewart. Anna worked tirelessly to involve women directly in deciding on principles and priorities to put before unions and government in order to achieve real opportunities for women.

The ASMP provides an opportunity for women union members to learn about organising, industrial representation and other union activities. The ASMP also promotes leadership roles for women. The ASMP was previously scheduled to begin in April this year and was deferred due to COVID-19. The program has now been rescheduled for 26-30 October 2020 and expressions of interest are invited from PSA women members to participate.

Click here to submit an EOI to participate in the Anna Stewart Memorial Project.

Women's Information Service - outreach volunteer information session

The Women's Information Service has been assisting South Australian Women find information and referrals for over 40 years and volunteers have always been an integral part of the service. Volunteers are provided with comprehensive training to assist women seeking information and referrals for life challenges, especially around safety.

In 2017 WIS began a partnership with DECD Children's Centres. WIS volunteers can now be found in three DECD Children's Centres - Aldinga Beach, Parafield Gardens and O'Sullivan Beach. WIS will be present at The Willows Mount Barker and also Gawler Children's centre when training is completed.

In 2019 the South Australian Government committed to rolling out a number of Safety Hubs in South Australia with some of them being the WIS model of delivery. In June 2019 The Haven at Murray Bridge was opened. Currently in planning stages are Safety Hubs at Gawler and Mount Barker.

Individuals can register interest in becoming a WIS volunteer at any time www.wis.sa.gov.au and click on 'Volunteering Programs'.

Click here to register for the outreach volunteer information service information session. This information session is to provide a little more background about WIS and the outreach volunteer program. There is also the opportunity to ask questions.

Time and date: Monday 27 July 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm ACST

Augusta Zadow awards

In the 1800s Augusta Zadow fought for the work health and safety rights of women and young workers that today we take for granted. In recognition of her work, SafeWork SA established the Augusta Zadow Awards to support initiatives, research or further education that improves health and safety for women and young workers in South Australia. Successful applicants will share in $25,000 to assist with their initiative.

If you have an idea that will help make women more safe and healthy at work, apply to the Augusta Zadow awards for funding to get your project off the ground!

Click here to find out more about the Augusta Zadow awards.

Applications close 17 August 2020.

Country to Canberra rural young women's essay competitionCountry to Canberra

The Country to Canberra competition invites young women living in rural and regional areas to enter their annual essay competition, with this year's theme of LIFTING US UP – How can women and girls empower each other and their communities in times of uncertainty and change?

Entrants must submit a 400-600 word written response or a 3-4 minute video for the chance to win an ALL-EXPENSES -PAID “Power Trip” to Canberra! You must be female/female identifying and in years 10, 11 or 12 to enter.

Click here to find out more about Country to Canberra

Entries close 4 September 2020.

Girl Rising - Storytelling Challenge

International girls' advocacy organisation Girl Rising has announced a Storytelling Challenge! You are invited to share the story of how you are or someone you know is fighting for human rights, racial equity, gender equity during these challenging times.

Girl Rising is looking for diverse stories of young leaders, including how individuals and groups are working to ensure girls’ education and opportunity for girls continues during school lockdowns. All stories will be part of our online compendium. 12 Showcase Stories will be shared at the Girl Rising International Day of the Girl celebration in October 2020.

Entries close 1 September 2020.

Find out more about the Girl Rising Storytelling Challenge here.

WGEA want to know about your workplace gender equality programs!

Have you recently instigated a successful program, initiative, policy or strategy that has made a difference to your organisation? WGEA want to know about it! The Agency is looking to connect with employers who have established leading practice gender equality initiatives to tell us why they did it, how they did it, what resources you had/didn’t have/needed, and what you wish you had known when you started. Click here to submit your insights to WGEA about your workplace gender equality program.

Events

LGBTI Family Violence Forum - online events

Since the release of Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence recommendations in 2016, LGBTI family violence service providers and mainstream family violence services who are attaining rainbow tick accreditation have worked more deliberately to develop and sustain inclusive and informed responses to LGBTI people using or experiencing family violence.

This annual community-led forum offers a platform to LGBTI community organisations and allied organisations to present their work, share knowledge, skills and look at service areas that need further development. This forum will provide information, presentations, interactive workshops and networking opportunities for service providers and other professionals about family violence in LGBTI communities.

A range of online sessions will be held between August 10 and 14. Click here to find out more and register for the LGBTI Family Violence Forum.

Recognising and responding to sexual assault: Online training for AOD workers

This training includes topics such as: Prevalence of Rape and Sexual Assault, Key values and approaches, Public myths and attitudes, Perpetrator research, Understanding the impact of sexual violence, Sexual assault in the context of domestic and family violence, Vulnerable groups and communities, The law and the criminal justice system, Responding to disclosures, Intro to working therapeutically with rape and sexual assault, Practical case scenarios specific to drug and alcohol counselling.

Times and dates: 28 July 9:30am or Wednesday 26 August 1:00pm

Click here to register for this online training for AOD workers on recognising and responding to sexual assault.

Girl Rising webinar: A global conversation on the impact of COVID-19 on girls' lives

More than 700 million girls around the world are currently not in school due to COVID19 and the resulting lockdowns. An estimated 10 million girls will never set foot in a classroom again. And even those that do will, in too many communities, continue to be held back by limiting and discriminatory social norms. As the world progressively reopens schools, it is critical to understand the realities of girls, their experiences, and challenges to ensure all girls everywhere are supported in returning to school.

Join these featured speakers: Christina Lowery, CEO, Girl Rising; Judithe Registre, Vice President of Programs, Girl Rising; Nidhi Dubey, India Country Director, Girl Rising; Majo Aldana, Guatemala Country Manager, Girl Rising; Debbie Odenyi, Kenya Program Coordinator, Girl Rising.

Date and time: Wednesday July 29 2020, 12:30am - 1:30am ACST

Click here for more information and to register for this Girl Rising webinar.

ANROWS Webinar: Invisible Practices - Working with fathers who use violence

Women and children living with violence can experience inconsistent responses from different service systems. While domestic and family violence services often focus on supporting them to separate from men who use violence, the family law system generally allows contact between parents who use violence and their children. Join ANROWS and the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) for a webinar exploring how all-of-family approaches can help to address these differences between service systems, and the need to work with men who use violence.

Date and time: Wednesday 22 July 2020 1pm AEST

Click here to find out more about the ANROWS 'Working with fathers who use violence' webinar and to register.

Beyond #MeToo: Sexism, workplace harassment and law reform

Since the #MeToo movement spread around the world, sexual harassment and unacceptable workplace behaviours have come under intense public scrutiny. BroadAgenda and the University of Canberra are hosting a panel discussion to ask where we go next with workplace harassment and law reform. The panel features journalist Jacqueline Maley, Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, Co-director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation and Professor of Law Kim Rubinstein, and host Chief Editor of BroadAgenda Virginia Haussegger.

Date and time: Wednesday 29 July 2020, 11am - midday ACST.

To register for Beyond #MeToo: Sexism, workplace harassment and law reform, click here.

Slaves in the System: Panel discussion

The Hawke Centre is presenting a panel discussion facilitated by Tory Shepherd discussing modern slavery in Australia and around the world. Join human rights activist Khadija Gbla, JFA Purple Orange policy and research leader Skye Kakoschke-Moore, and Co-director of 'Be Slavery Free' Carolyn Kitto for this online event as part of the 'Just a Thought' series.

Date and time: Thursday 6 August 2020 from 6PM TO 7.15PM, ACST.

To register for the panel event Slaves in the System or for more information about this event click here.

Julia Gillard AC in conversation with Julia Lester - Hawke Centre online event

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Join this online event for an In-Conversation and Book Launch of Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons written by Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard AC and economist, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. This inspirational and practical book written by two high-achieving women, shares the experience and advice of some of our most extraordinary women leaders, in their own words.

Monday 27 July 2020, 6pm TO 7.15pm, ACST, 6.30pm TO 7.45pm, AEST

The event is free but participants must register. Click here to register for Julia Gillard AC in conversation with Julia Lester.

Adelaide Hills Women in Business Regional Network dinner

The Adelaide Hills Women in Business Regional Network dinner on Monday 3 August will focus on branding for small businesses and startups. Join Demelza Thorpe, freelance graphic designer, to hear about branding your business. Click the link above for more information or to register!

News and Views

News articles

UN Women: Intersectional feminism: what it means and why it matters right now

Lifehacker: Why women outnumber men at university and earn less after

SBS News: How a shrinking and ageing global population could impact women's reproductive rights

SBS News: Thousands of Australian women experienced violence from their partner for the first time during the coronavirus pandemic

The Conversation: (Wo)men on top? The perils of the ‘pornification’ of popular culture

The Conversation: How Julia Gillard forever changed Australian politics - especially for women

The Conversation: Child sex abuse survivors are five times more likely to be the victims of sexual assault later in life

The Conversation: Inside the 'man box': how rigid ideas of 'manning up' harm young men and those around them

The Conversation: COVID-19 is a disaster for mothers' employment

ABC News: Life as a transgender woman locked up in a men's prison

Reports and Resources

Reports

InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence has released a new resource titled Empowering Faith and Community Leaders to Prevent Violence Against Women.This new resource is for anyone working to prevent violence against women and their children. It provides information about the issue of violence against women, approaches to preventing this problem, and what it means to take an intersectional approach.

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project ‘What We Do Well’ has reached a milestone of halfway point and completion of the first major round of data collection, conducted by Aboriginal young people trained as part of the project to interview their peers. ‘What We Do Well’ is identifying the positive actions Aboriginal young people take to reduce their sexual risk and build sexual wellbeing. By describing the social, cultural and personal strengths and resources they draw on, the research will inform sexual health promotion practice to better support Aboriginal young people. Find out more about What We Do Well here.

ANROWS report: Women's imprisonment and domestic, family and sexual violence

Australian Institute of Criminology report: The prevalence of domestic violence among women during the COVID-19 pandemic

Sexual Assault and Family Violence Centre Victoria: Breaking the Binary Code: Celebrating gender and sexuality diversity, challenging stereotypes and relationship expectations

Participate in research

The Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre has created a short, anonymous, online survey to learn about worker well-being and moving service innovation forward during the COVID-19 crisis. If you would like to participate click the link to join in the study of gender-based violence and help-seeking behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic. This survey closes on 9 August 2020.

Have a look at the other research projects currently underway at the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre.

Professor Donna Chung at Curtin University is conducting research on Technology and Domestic Violence in Australia. If you are a domestic and family violence practitioner, provide your views through this survey on technology and domestic violence.

Research is currently being conducted into how lesbians and domestic violence advocate/experts perceive coercive control in lesbian relationships. There are two links to participate in the survey: Click here to participate in the study as a DFSV expert or advocate, OR if you are lesbian, click here to provide your views into coercive control. Survey closes end of October 2020.

Broad Agenda are looking into the gendered division of labour in the home, and are seeking participants to send in a week's worth of photos related to the unpaid work they are doing during COVID-19 restrictions. Find out more about how to participate in this Broad Agenda study here.

Resources

Resources for DFV Agencies wanting to use technology with clients during COVID-19

WESNET have released advice and resources for domestic and family violence agencies seeking to use technology to support clients during COVID-19 restrictions.

Women With Disabilities Australia - easy read website launch

WWDA have released an 'easy read' version of their website to support women with disability to engage with their initiatives. In 2018, WWDA received funding to co-design a new website by and for women and girls with disability called Our Site. Over 100 women with disability across Australia have directly contributed to the design and development of the website. Our Site provides practical resources and information  for women and girls with disability about their rights. View the new WWDA easy read website titled 'Our Site' at https://oursite-easyread.wwda.org.au/.

Northern Territory Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Framework

The Northern Territory Government is proud to release the Northern Territory Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Framework 2020-2028 PDF (6.2 MB) and the Framework's Priority Actions 2020-2021 PDF (1.4 MB).

This is the first time the Northern Territory Government has set out a comprehensive whole of government, whole of community approach to prevent and respond to sexual violence. Find out more about the Northern Territory's approach to reducing domestic, family and sexual violence on the Northern Territory Families website.

Telstra domestic and family violence assistance number goes live

Telstra customers that are experiencing domestic and family violence can now get support from a dedicated domestic and family violence assistance team within Telstra. The number to access the team is 1800 531 903 and is operated Monday - Friday, 8am to 6pm AEST.

'Don't become that man' website

A website resource has been created for men who want to stop using violence, or who don't want to become men who use violence. The 'Don't become that man' website offers support through encouraging men to connect with treatment and support services to prevent escalation to violence; and engaging men by focusing on their behaviour and the harm created by their violence against women and children.

View the 'Don't Become that Man' website here.

Updated ABS statistics

The ABS has released statistics on recorded crime in Australia in 2019, including statistics on victims of family and domestic violence related offences. These statistics are compiled from data as recorded by police, and are not designed to provide a total count of unique victims, nor the total number of individual offences that came to the attention of police, but are related to offences that may have been reported by a victim, witness or other person, or detected by police.

WIS What's On

The Women's Information Service regularly publish a 'What's On' of community services and events for South Australian women. Find the WIS What's On on our website.

Equal Opportunity Commission gender equality resources for SMEs

The Equal Opportunity Commission have developed resources for SMEs to assist them in advancing gender equality. These resources deal with topics such as improving workplace culture, parent and carer supports, and recruitment strategies for male-dominated industries. Find these gender equality resources and more on the EOC website.

Office for Women eNews - 10 July 2020

Office for Women eNews - 10 July 2020

Office for Women eNews - 10 July 2020

Get involved

Country to Canberra rural young women's essay competitionCountry to Canberra

The Country to Canberra competition invites young women living in rural and regional areas to enter their annual essay competition, with this year's theme of LIFTING US UP – How can women and girls empower each other and their communities in times of uncertainty and change?

Entrants must submit a 400-600 word written response or a 3-4 minute video for the chance to win an ALL-EXPENSES -PAID “Power Trip” to Canberra! You must be female/female identifying and in years 10, 11 or 12 to enter.

Click here to find out more about Country to Canberra

Girl Rising - Storytelling Challenge

International girls' advocacy organisation Girl Rising has announced a Storytelling Challenge! You are invited to share the story of how you are or someone you know is fighting for human rights, racial equity, gender equity during these challenging times.

Girl Rising is looking for diverse stories of young leaders, including how individuals and groups are working to ensure girls’ education and opportunity for girls continues during school lockdowns. All stories will be part of our online compendium. 12 Showcase Stories will be shared at the Girl Rising International Day of the Girl celebration in October 2020.

Entries close 1 September 2020.

Find out more about the Girl Rising Storytelling Challenge here.

WGEA want to know about your workplace gender equality programs!

Have you recently instigated a successful program, initiative, policy or strategy that has made a difference to your organisation? WGEA want to know about it! The Agency is looking to connect with employers who have established leading practice gender equality initiatives to tell us why they did it, how they did it, what resources you had/didn’t have/needed, and what you wish you had known when you started. Click here to submit your insights to WGEA about your workplace gender equality program.

Nominate someone for the 2021 Australian of the Year Awards!

Australian of the Year Awards. Reflect. Respect. Celebrate.

Nominating for the 2021 Australian of the Year Awards is quick and easy to do! We all know remarkable people and know the stories of what they’ve achieved – now it’s time to nominate them and share their story with all of Australia.

Every Australian can play their part by nominating someone, so their efforts and contributions are recognised publicly. It only takes one nomination for someone to be in the running for the Awards. Your nominee(s) could be recognised in one of our four categories:

  • Australian of the Year
  • Senior Australian of the Year (65 years and over)
  • Young Australian of the Year (16 to 30 years)
  • Australia’s Local Hero.

Nominating someone is easy to do - visit australianoftheyear.org.au by Friday 31 July 2020 and describe who they are, what they've achieved and why you'd like to see them recognised. If you need assistance or have any questions you can contact the Australia Day Council of South Australia team via adcsa@adcsa.com.au.

Honour a WomanHonour a Woman. Gender equality in the Australian Honours. Nominate a woman for an Australian honour.

Honour a Woman is an initiative seeking to have more women recognised in honours such as the Australia Day and Queen's Birthday honours. They provide resources, advice and assistance through the Honour a Woman website.

Events

Julia Gillard AC in conversation with Julia Lester - Hawke Centre online event

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Join this online event for an In-Conversation and Book Launch of Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons written by Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard AC and economist, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. This inspirational and practical book written by two high-achieving women, shares the experience and advice of some of our most extraordinary women leaders, in their own words.

Monday 27 July 2020, 6PM TO 7.15PM, ACST, 6.30PM TO 7.45PM, AEST

The event is free but participants must register. Click here to register for Julia Gillard AC in conversation with Julia Lester.

Adelaide Hills Women in Business Regional Network dinner

The Adelaide Hills Women in Business Regional Network dinner on Monday 3 August will focus on branding for small businesses and startups. Join Demelza Thorpe, freelance graphic designer, to hear about branding your business. Click the link above for more information or to register!

Women and Leadership Symposium

Women and Leadership AustraliaThe Australian Women's Leadership Symposia are a national series of events focused on the experiences of women leaders in the contemporary workforce. Held annually, in every state and territory, these events have been running for over ten years and have become the most highly attended women's leadership events in the country.

Due to COVID-19 the Adelaide Women and Leadership Symposium is now being partially delivered online over two days - online sessions on 23 July 2020, or an in-person day on 30 October 2020 - or both! Register now for one or both days of the Adelaide Women and Leadership Symposium.

News and Views

The South Australian Government is providing $1.3 million over three years to provide specialist counselling to victims in regional areas and strengthened forensic and medical care. This funding will support two key services at Yarrow Place, the Country Response Program and the Forensic Medical Service. Funding will be provided from the Victims of Crime Fund. Read the full media release about this new funding for rape and sexual assault service Yarrow Place here.

ABC News - White Ribbon's new boss vows to end 'tokenism' in fight against domestic violence

The Conversation - Young women are hit doubly hard by recessions, especially this one

Reports and Resources

Reports

WGEA Gender Equity Insights - Delivering the Business Outcomes

Women's Safety NSW - Experiences of Indigenous women impacted by violence during COVID-19

ANROWS - Understanding the role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law and Culture plays in prevention, intervention and healing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family violence

ANROWS - Good practice in delivering and evaluating interventions for young people with harmful sexual behaviours

ANROWS - Improved accountability: the role of perpetrator intervention systems

ANROWS - Developing a practical evaluation guide for behaviour change programs involving perpetrators of domestic and family violence

ANROWS - Services struggling to support women and children with disability who experience DFV

Participate in research

Monash University are conducting a study of gender-based violence and help-seeking behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic. Have a look at the other research projects currently underway at the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre.

Research is currently being conducted into how lesbians and domestic violence advocate/experts perceive coercive control in lesbian relationships. There are two links to participate in the survey: Click here to participate in the study as a DFSV expert or advocate, OR if you are lesbian, click here to provide your views into coercive control. Survey closes end of October 2020.

Broad Agenda are looking into the gendered division of labour in the home, and are seeking participants to send in a week's worth of photos related to the unpaid work they are doing during COVID-19 restrictions. Find out more about how to participate in this Broad Agenda study here.

Resources

No to Violence resources for Men's Referral Service - 'Better than this' campaign resources from No to Violence

No To Violence - Working together to end men's family violence

Rainbow Health Victoria - Pride in Prevention: A guide to primary prevention of family violence experienced by LGBTIQ communities

Release of Break the Cycle campaign to end domestic violence

Release of Break the Cycle campaign to end domestic violence

Release of Break the Cycle campaign to end domestic violence

Break the Cycle campaign to end domestic violenceIf your partner is tracking your calls without consent, that's domestic abuse. Break the Cycle.

A powerful new advertising campaign is urging South Australians to help “break the cycle” of domestic abuse, aimed at people concerned about their own, or their partner’s behaviour – and is encouraging them to reach out and seek help.

The Break The Cycle campaign will run for six weeks across metropolitan and regional television, radio, digital and social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok.

A new website launched as part of the campaign will act as a one-stop-shop for all domestic violence information in SA.

The campaign’s central tagline is: If you feel the need to break something, break the cycle of domestic abuse and aims to encourage those experiencing or perpetrating violence in the home to recognise it and take action.

It is well documented the cycle of abuse usually begins with tensions building, then an incident occurs, often the parties reconcile and then there is a period of calm. Then tensions build again, repeating the cycle. The aim of the campaign is help break that cycle.

Domestic abuse is not limited to physical violence and can include controlling behaviours and emotional abuse, such as restricting someone’s access to money or technology. Educating the community about the different types and forms of abuse is a key strategy in increasing people's ability to recognise abuse, and intervene early through contacting services.

Depriving your partner of financial independence is domestic abuse. Break the cycle.The campaign encourages men using abusive behaviour to contact the Men's Referral Service (1300 766 491), introduced to South Australia for the first time in April this year. Break The Cycle enables people to become aware if they are experiencing abuse; recognise a harmful behaviour as their own; and to know that if they know someone is at risk, there help is available.

All South Australians can help break the cycle of domestic abuse and we all have an important role to play in ending domestic, family and sexual violence.

Domestic violence funding is supporting at-risk women and children in SA, including ensuring the Domestic Violence Crisis Line can operate 24/7 and enabling the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme and a life-saving phone app which puts women in direct contact with support, to continue.

Break the Cycle website

Men’s Referral Service: Phone 1300 766 491

Domestic Violence Crisis Line: Phone 1800 800 098

Supporting our stakeholders during COVID-19

Supporting our stakeholders during COVID-19

Supporting our stakeholders during COVID-19

Supporting our NGOs during the COVID-19 Pandemic

It’s been a tough few weeks for all as we navigate a new normal amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Its hard to navigate the unknown, and we are all finding new ways to work and support the community during this time.

To ensure that you have one, consistent source of information, our Department has developed a page on its website dedicated to providing NGOs with a place to find information and support.

The DHS NGO coronavirus support page includes a link to current news, an online forum for questions, key contacts, policies and resources as well as a Pandemic Readiness information package for the non-government sector to support organisations through this period. This package is part of a detailed Toolkit to assist the sector in preparation and business continuity. The page will be regularly updated with key information to keep you informed.

We encourage you to visit this website regularly, and to consider signing up for the Department of Human Services NGO e-news.You can read the current newsletter online here

The current newsletter includes information on accessing Personal Protective Equipment, current protocols and guidelines, support available for communities and your workforce as well as links to our Q&As and webinars.

Each newsletter will include relevant information from across the Department, including that relevant to the Office for Women and the Women's Information Service. Most importantly, it will ensure you are up to date on what impacts on you as well as providing a a forum to answer questions your questions and hear feedback.

If you have any questions contact the COVID-19 response team at DHSCOVIDresponse@sa.gov.au or phone Matt Clemow directly on 0417 887 824

Please continue to take care of yourselves, your families, colleagues and clients as we navigate this unprecedented crisis together.

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