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Volume 1 # November 2019

 
SI Australia National Representative  Kath Gribble

 
National Representative Report  October 2019
In the last couple of weeks, I have been contributing to the Beijing + 25 National Parallel Reports. The teleconferences with the NGOs participating agreed that they wanted to assert their voice and prepare a parallel report.
There were 12 critical areas and I chose Women and Health including SI Where We Stand Statement on sexual and reproductive Health and the Agreed Conclusions at CSW in UN where we have a representative. When the final document is completed, I will circulate.
I attended two great webinars. One led by Anusha on “How To Attract & Build a Great Team” Personality Types & Law of Connections- A Certified NLP Programme, and one by Kath Mazzella on Dare to be Gyn-ae Aware” If you haven’t already done so I would highly recommend them. You will find them on the SISWP website.
Carol Johnstone from SI Canberra has kindly offered to assist with the SI Australia face book page and website. Thank you, Carol.
I also had the pleasure of attending SI Hobart’s 70th birthday celebrations. 
A Civic Reception was held at the Hobart Town Hall hosted by the Mayor Anna Reynolds. This was followed by a dinner at The Old Wool Store hosted by SI Hobart President Janet Minchin –Hanna, with special guest speaker Past International President Jane Zimmerman. A photo is below.
L to R is Carol Thomas, Wendy Evans, me , Janet Minchin Hannah, Anna Reynolds and Elise Archer 

Kath's diary 2019



SI Australia committee meetings
Dec 4th
It’s been a terrible fortnight with the bush fires around Australia, and many fires are still burning.
 
We have in our thoughts everyone affected, and also the emergency service first responders, who do an incredible job containing the fires and keeping everyone safe. 
 
There has been an enormous number of volunteer fire fighters helping out from their own states, as well as coming in from interstate.  A big thank you to  them all for their mammoth efforts and hope that everyone remains safe.
 
                    
 
Homeless Women over 55 in Australia 
Older women, those aged 55 and over are the fastest growing cohort of homeless Australians.
There are a number of organisations working on the issue and advocating on behalf of women who are homeless. However, many of the services currently available focus on women with complex needs- those experiencing family violence or mental health issues, or who have exhausted their savings and their informal support options.

Kath submitted a report which can be seen here  Read more

Membership 

Numbers in Australian clubs (SISWP website November 2019), we now have  1209 financial members. 

HUMAN TRAFFICKING
This fact sheet contains an overview of human trafficking in Australia.
 
What is human trafficking?
 
Trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of a person for the purpose of exploiting them. Traffickers move their victims through the use of force, threats, coercion or deception. Coercion can occur through threats of physical or non-physical harm (for example threats of deportation).

How many people are trafficked to Australia?

Australia is a destination country for people who have been trafficked. The exact number of people trafficked to Australia each year is not known, but between 2003 and 30 June 2015, the AFP received 588 referrals for human trafficking and slavery-related offences. In 2014-15, the AFP received 119 new referrals. This is an increase from 70 new referrals in 2013-14, indicating the growing number of trafficking cases that are being identified as part of the developing Australian response.

How are trafficked people exploited in Australia?

People can be trafficked to Australia for labour exploitation in a range of different industries including agriculture, hospitality and construction, or for domestic servitude in private homes.
Trafficking and exploitation can be hard to identify. Most cases have involved subtle forms of control such as debt, fear of violence, or psychological intimidation.

How is human trafficking different from people smuggling?

Like trafficking, people smuggling involves the illegal movement of people. Unlike trafficking, people smuggling does not involve moving people for the purpose of exploitation after arriving in the destination country.
 
ADVOCACY
Has your club “raised its voice” yet? SI Australia is seeking to increase its advocacy at all levels – local, regional and national and what your club does is part of this.

 Your club may have chosen to speak up to your shire or local council on a topic that affects women or girls in your community. This is an effective way to put your passion into action and to influence positive outcomes. It is also a great way to bring the community’s attention to your club.

Some clubs have adopted action at a regional level, particularly in relation to single use plastics. It may have been as simple as asking an organisation to stop using plastic straws or it may have been letters to your local member of parliament or a submission to an inquiry on the topic. It may have been a response to a government’s action or inaction on an issue that has consequences for women or girls, All this influences outcomes, particularly if every club member writes a letter.

Action at the national level may appear a little overwhelming at first but start with your local member. Be willing to ask questions and expect a reply. A letter from the heart in your own writing is more effective that a set letter  and a number of letters alerts representatives to both the issue and your club and its concerns. Some states have written submissions and information about this process is available on the Australian Parliament’s website. Inquiries usually have guidelines and having references for any data strengthens your case. A number of resources and references  on topics that SI Australia members voted to act upon, should have been distributed to all clubs via your Region’s Advocacy Sub- committee representative.

SI Australia itself has undertaken advocacy in two main ways. A submission was made to the government on dowry issues in Australia and through its membership of two Alliances of women’s organisations,  it has signed onto submissions and reports. Its latest contribution has been through the process of creating a parallel report by Non- Government Organisations (NGOS) on Australia’s report on  progress for Beijing + 25, which is the focus for this year. Details of all this action will be in National Representative Kath Gribble’s reports.

 Whatever advocacy you undertake make sure it is entered on the report database which will be our means of obtaining statistics to see if SI Australia has increased its advocacy and has contributed to meeting targets in the Federation’s  Strategic Plan.

Remember, if you feel strongly about some issues affecting women and girls, “Speak up”. Silence on its own has rarely achieved change.


Di Lockwood
Advocacy SI Australia 



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