REPORT BACK – Webinar – Intersectionality, meaningful participation, diverse women’s voices in ending VAW and advancing Gender Equality

Webinar : Intersectionality & Meaningful participation of diverse women’s voices in ending VAW & advancing Gender Equality.

The Joint WR&GE Network and AWAVA Webinar took place on Tuesday 20th October, 2020.

List of Speakers :

Hannah Taylor – National Partners Manager for 1800RESPECT & a proud Aboriginal Women from the Kamilaroi tribe.

Julie Oberin – Chief Executive Officer of Annie North Women’s Refuge & Domestic Violence Service in Victoria and the National Committee Chair , Women’s Services Network (WESNET).

Eloise Layard – ACON’s Program Coordinator, Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence and co-convenor of NSW LGBTIQ Domestic and Family Violence Interagency.

Gulnara Abbosova – Executive Officer Harmony Alliance and head of strategy and policy at Migration Council Australia.

Heidi La Paglia – Policy and Projects officer at Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) and most recently Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards winner.

Moderating of the discussion was Tina Dixson –  a feminist academic, LGBTIQ+ Refugee Activist and  Program Manager  at AWAVA.

The discussions were lively and enlightening, covering a number of key contemporary areas, such as intergenerational change, access to SRHR , Safety, Human Rights Defenders, lack of civil society space to advance effective policy change, the need for an intersectional framework to incorporate and support the different support needs of diverse communities.

To watch the full webinar – please click here 


#OUTSUMMIT2020 A Virtual summit on LGBTIQ Global Issues – December 2020

[Source Outright Action International]

OutRight’s annual global convening for the human rights of LGBTIQ people, OutSummit, will be taking place virtually on December 9-11, 2020.  To watch a short introduction video click  here . To register for the summit here.

OutSummit is a space to share insights, challenges and best practices, and to strategise across civil society, state and private sector boundaries for the human rights of LGBTIQ people. Our keynote speakers this year will be Hamed Sinno, lead singer of the Lebanese-American indie-rock band Mashrou’ Leila, and Filipino American supermodel and trans rights activist Geena Rocero.


#16 Days of Activism Against VAW – Remembering the legacy of Patria, Minerva and Maria Mirabal

#16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence – 25th November – 10 December (annually)

Wednesday 25 November 2020 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and marks the first day  of the 16 Days of Activism.

On 25 November 1960, sisters Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa Mirabal, three political activists who actively opposed the cruelty and systematic violence of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic, were clubbed to death and dumped at the bottom of a cliff by Trujillo’s secret police.

The Mirabal sisters became symbols of the feminist resistance, and in commemoration of their deaths 25 November was declared International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Latin America in 1980. This international day was formally recognised by the United Nations in 1999.

In June 1991, the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), alongside participants of the first Women’s Global Institute on Women, Violence and Human Rights, called for a global campaign of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

The 16 days begins with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and ends with International Human Rights Day on 10 December– highlighting that violence against women is a fundamental violation of human rights.

Each year, from 25 November to 10 December, World Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism campaign calls for action against one of the world’s most persistent violations of human rights – violence against women.  During the 16 Days of Activism, people around the world will unite to raise awareness about gender-based violence, challenge discriminatory attitudes and call for improved laws and services to end violence against women for good.


Why Victoria needs a Gender Equal Recovery – GEN VIC Pre-Budget Statement

[Source Gender Equity Victoria GEN VIC]

In a striving effort to influence the Victorian State Budget before it’s handed down on 24th November 2020, last week GEN VIC released its 20/21 pre-budget statement, “Why Victorian Needs a Gender Equal Recovery.” The statement builds on GEN VIC’s joint statement and 10 Things Government Can Do for a Gender Equal Recovery, and tells a story of the impacts of COVID19 on women and the investment that was required to work towards gender equality in Victoria. The statement recognises that Victorian has suffered from the absence of focused analysis and advocacy and that investment in gender equity has been extremely modest, even before COVID19 hit, and that there is a need to correct this historic underinvestment to build back better during recovery.



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