My first experience of a Parliamentary Advocacy Day

It was a great honor to be invited by the NCWA President Barbara Baikie to attend the Annual Parliamentary Advocacy Day organized by Equality Rights Alliance(ERA). ERA is Australia’s largest network advocating for women’s equality, women’s leadership and recognition of women’s diversity. It brings together 61 organisations including NCWA with an interest in advancing women’s equality (please visit the link for more information: http://www.equalityrightsalliance.org.au/about-us).

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Photo: meeting with the President Barbara Baikie and NCYWA members Chenyce and Kate

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Photo: Margaret Smith(middle) and Barbara Baikie (Right) from NCWA

On 23 November, more than 30 people from different orgnisations across Australia gathered in the Parliament House, Canberra to advocate on a number of issues pertinent to ERA members including funding renewal for National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH), Tax Reform and Innovative Financing. As NPAH funding is due to end on 1 July 2017. NPAH urgently needs to be renewed, but importantly about improving NPAH so that there was sustainable, secure and long-term funding. Together we met MPs, Senators, Ministers and advisors to the Parliamentarians, including Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore, the Hon. Mark Dreyfuss MP, Senator Lee Rhiannon and advisors etc.

 

I was fortunate to be grouped with Dr Jennifer Strauss AM and Marie Coleman AO, from Graduate Women Victoria and National Foundation for Australian Women respectively, to have a discussion with Nico Louw, Advisor to the Hon. Scott Morrison MP. The issues we raised were NPAH, and its urgency especially for older women, single mothers with children and those women experienced domestic and family violence, and the need for a review of Negative Gearing and Capital Gains Tax Exemption policies. My suggestion to Nico was that “NPAH funding would be an economic investment and social investment. Because housing relates to general health issue, ageing issue and the issue of violence against women. Imagine the consequence of a single young mum with kids sleeping in the car cannot give kids proper living condition and education. Besides, it costs governments more to keep a person homelessness than it costs to provide permanent housing to end homelessness. More recent research from Parsell shows that over a 12-month period, people who were chronically homeless used state government funded service that cost approximately A$48,216 each, and over another 12-month period in which they were tenants of permanent supportive housing, the same people used services that cost approximately A$35,117.” Jennifer and Marie spoke strongly about the issue of housing affordability for older women and for those suffering domestic and family violence. There is a need to reform Negative gearing as 50% of benefits went to people in top 10% of income brackets.

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Photo: Dr Jennifer Strauss AM (Middle) and Marie Coleman AO(Right)

The other groups presented the issues to different political parties. However, our goals are the same: we require long-term, sustainable, and secure funding to meet diverse meet of women; reform of Negative Gearing and Capital Gains Tax Exemption; an overarching National Affordable Housing Strategy that is responsive to the diverse needs of women. It may seem that the power and strength of 30 women are limited, I am optimistic that our advocacy believe we will lead to positive change.

-written by Yvette Wang

 

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Free To Be

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All girls have the right to feel safe in the city.

Free to Be is a campaign that lets young women share their experiences of Melbourne. Places you love, places you avoid, places you feel safe and those that could be improved. It’s fun and easy to use and has been designed by young women to best capture their experiences.

Your experiences will be shared with the City of Melbourne to help them create a city that includes girls and young women, that encourages them to take part and ensures that every single person in the city feels safe.

For the first time in history, there are more people living in cities than in rural areas. Each month, 5 million people move to cities in developing countries.

Because I am a Girl is working with girls in 5 cities around the world (Cairo, Egypt; Delhi, India; Hanoi, Vietnam; Kampala, Uganda and Lima, Peru) to transform cities into places of inclusion, tolerance and opportunity where girls can thrive.

Article resources from: https://www.plan.org.au/free-to-be . You can also sign up for exclusive updates from the campaign.

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Girls are our future! Young women leading discussion at October NCWV meeting. And well done Victoria Waid!

(Photo 1:Group at October 2016 NCWV Council meeting  Joan Baden Powell, Sarah Morgan, Pam Hammond, Ruchira Kakkad, Victoria Waid, President Janene Blanchfield Brown, Gauri Kapoor and Tenille Gilbert)
Photo 2: Joan Baden Powell (NCWV delegate for Girl Guide Victoria) with Victoria Waid)

The focus of the October 2016 NCWV Council meeting was the theme for International Day of the Girl Child, celebrated on 11 October. UN Women has asked us to focus on adolescent girls who face significant social, economic and political barriers. While they hold the potential to become leaders and effect change, their empowerment can be hindered by factors such as unwanted pregnancy, forced early marriage, gender-based violence and limited access to higher education and reproductive health services.

As a lead into our discussion we were pleased to have two current UNAA student interns: Ruchira Kakkad( Arts (German Honours)/Engineering, Monash, who as a member of Monash International Studies Association attended the 2016 Harvard Model UN in Malaysia, and worked on isssues to do with UNHCR and Tenille Gilbert(RMIT Arts(International Studies with Spanish Language specialisation) ) who is interested in the part played by women’s organisations in progress for women. And we presented Victoria Waid (Girl Guides Victoria), a current Arts/Law student from ACU with her Civics and Citizenship Award from 2015, to assist her with her travel cost to the ten day ‘Young Women Changing Tomorrow’ program in January 2017 at Pune, India.

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Have you heard about polycystic ovary syndrome?

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Have you heard about polycystic ovary syndrome? This condition can affect young and old.

Jean Hailes September focus is on PCOS and recently posted a health article about this syndrome, a hormonal disorder. It is also sometimes known as polycystic ovarian syndrome. Why not visit Jean Hailes Website to learn more about its work and the valuable resources available for women of every age! You can also sign up for its free newsletter.

https://jeanhailes.org.au/news/what-is-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-free-health-articles-september-2016

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Great news from Young NCWVic members

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Lucky Giirre, one of the Young NCWVic members, recently became the first Australian-Somalia female lawyer. The most exciting news is Lucky has left for the UK on a British Government Chevening Scholarship to study Master of Laws: University of London SOAS(School of Oriental and African Studies) focusing on Somali legal issues.

Her sister Ramala Giirre who has been active in Young NCWVic, but in her study. She just arrived in Hangzhou on a scholarship to complete the Masters in Contemporary Chinese Studies in Zhejiang University, China.

Good luck to you both!

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Re Women’s Health Week. 5-9 September, 2016 Statement on ‘Gender Inequalities in Diagnosis and Treatment of Heart Disease’

 

National Council of Women of Victoria at its August 2016 affirmed its support for the need to build awareness among women and medical practitioners of gender inequalities in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.

NCW Victoria congratulates the Heart Foundation Victoria  and the Jean Hailes Foundation for their work in the lead up to  June 2016 campaign Making the Invisible Visible to draw attention to the different symptoms of heart attack and stroke in women, and the fact that undiagnosed heart disease is the single biggest killer of Australian women.

National Council of Women of Australia (of which NCW Victoria is a member) has committed in 2016 to supporting the Australia Women’s Health Charter including the call for more research on gender differences in diagnosis of heart disease.

We would be interested to hear your views on this matter, in particular any comments you may have as to how we can help to develop more effective strategies in Victoria to reduce the current gender inequalities in diagnosis of heart disease. Please Contact YounNCWVic through our email youngncwvic@gmail.com.

 

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Victorian Gender Equality Consultation – Invitation from Minister Richardson

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Here is the invitation to Victorian Gender Equality Consultation from Minister Richardson.

We warmly invite you to be a part of a forum to consider issues of gender equality as part of our work to develop Victoria’s first ever Gender Equality Strategy.

Last year, the Minister for Women Fiona Richardson released a consultation paper to invite views from the community on the challenges for women in Victoria, and to hear how gender equality can best be achieved.

In recent weeks, we have held consultation sessions throughout the state to discuss the themes and priorities emerging from the submissions we have received. We also want to hear from you.

For contributing to the development of the Victorian Gender Equality Strategy by sharing your experiences and ideas, you can attend a consultation. The experiences and ideas you share on how we can achieve gender equality in Victoria will be reviewed and will help inform the development of the first ever Victorian Gender Equality Strategy.

Please join us on Friday 9 September for this final consultation. 

Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Date: Friday 9 September
Venue: Experimedia Room, State Library of Victoria

To confirm your attendance, please RSVP to genderequality@dpc.vic.gov.au with the title ‘Melbourne’. For more information, please call (03) 9637 3344.

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