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Social Policy Update
05 July 2018
Local Government News
The MAV Call to Parties: Victorian State Election 2018 document is available on the MAV website. Victorian councils have identified 42 priority commitments sought from all political parties contesting the state election in November to help build the economy and improve Victoria's liveability. The Call to Parties document seeks commitments around the prevention of violence against women, and specifically seeks support of the 10-year State reform agenda through local initiatives to help prevent family violence by resourcing Gender Equality Development officers in councils.

A new national award, the Grace Benny Award, has been announced to encourage more women in local government. The Grace Benny Award will be added to the national local government awards next year, coinciding with the centenary of the first woman - Grace Benny - elected to any level of government in Australia and will be open to all councils that encourage more female councillors and more female staff in all areas of council services and operations. Grace Benny was elected to the Brighton Council in South Australia in 1919. View the press release here.
Sector News
Under the theme - Because of her, We Can! - NAIDOC week 2018 will be held nationally from Sunday 8 July and continue through to Sunday 15 July. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played, and continue to play, active and significant roles at the community at local, state, and national levels. Upload any events happening in your municipality or in your community to the NAIDOC week events calendar.

The State Government has announced that ILBIJERRI Theatre Company will receive $931,450 to create their Bagurrk (woman) project. The project will be based on Board of Protection records and letters written by Koorie women in the 1800s and will celebrate the untold stories of Victorian Koorie women from before colonisation to today who defied great odds to keep their families, community and culture alive. View the press release here.

Over 130 local Victorian community sports clubs will share in over $370,000 from the VicHealth Active Club Grants. The grants aim to get more women and girls involved in sport and increase social sport opportunities to help less active Victorians improve their physical health and wellbeing. To view a list of the funded clubs, click here.

The Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault and Minerva Community Services have come together and created one new  organisation, The Sexual Assault and Family Violence Centre (the SAFV Centre). Find out more information on the SAFV website.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have announced a three year, $10 million grant program, Australia Aid: Friendship Grants. The grants program will support organisations from across Australia who have existing relationships and international development activities that are contributing to Australia's development goals. The Friendship Grants will provide funding for the expansion or enhancement of existing aid activities in the Indo-Pacific, including through new projects with between $30,000 and $60,000 in three annual grant rounds. For further information, click here.
Awards and Nominations
Entries for the Our Watch Awards are closing on 7 July! Administered by the Walkley Foundation, the awards recognise excellent reporting on violence against women and aim to celebrate and reward the vital work the media do in raising awareness and building understanding of the issue. For more information and to register, click here.

Nominations for the VicHealth Awards are now open! The VicHealth awards recognise people, organisations, workplaces and clubs empowering others to live happy, healthy lives. A new Gender Equality category has been added in 2018. Nominations close 10 August.  For further information and to nominate, click here.
Events and Training
The NAIDOC March will commence at 11 45AM on 6 July from the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, 186 Nicholson St, Fitzroy, and conclude at Federation Square. A pre-march festival will be held from 9AM for food, juice, coffee, banner making, face painting, musical entertainment and Indigenous stall holders. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Registrations are now open for the Strategy to Action: Emergency Management Conference held in Melbourne 10 - 11 July. The Emergency Management Conference looks at the current crop of emergency management strategies and how they have been actioned, successfully or not. For more information and to register, click here.

VicHealth are hosting a seminar on 11 July, Healthier Masculinities for Gender Equality, with Professor Michael Kimmel, one of the world's leading experts on men and masculinities. The event begins with lunch at 12PM and concludes at 2 30PM. For further information and to register, click here. The event will also be available online for those unable to attend in person.

Women's Health Victoria are running two training sessions in July. The first session, Being an Active Bystander to Prevent Violence Against Women, will be held on 12 July and supports participants to speak up when confronted with everyday sexism and sexual harassment, and/or behaviours that justify, excuse, blame, trivialise or minimise violence against women. For more information and to register click here.

The second training run by Women's Health Victoria, Safe and Supported: Building Workplace Capacity to Manage Family Violence, will be held on 24 July and is designed to build the capacity of workplaces to support their employees who are experiencing family violence. For more information and to register, click here.

The Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU), are delivering the Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference on 14 September. This year will focus on Doing Disability Differently, and will examine what it will take to effect real change in society in attitudes towards people with disability. For further information and to register, click here. 
The Mayor of Monash City Council, Cr Paul Klisaris, made a speech at a council meeting to pay tribute to Eurydice Dixon. View a copy of the speech here.

The City of Wodonga have released a guide and a series of short clips as a part of the Reflect Respect campaign. The Reflect Respect campaign has been informed by Victorian Research that highlights the importance of respectful relationships and addressing the subtle things done and said that contribute to gender inequality in Victoria. View the guide and accompanying videos on the Reflect Respect website.

Yarra Ranges Council and Inspiro have launched a gender equity assessment tool for sport and recreation clubs to create equal opportunities for women in sport, Creating a Place for Women in Sport. The tools aim to assist clubs to assess their environment, and look to create positive actions for gender equality. The tool is a new iteration of the Our Codes Our Clubs project funded in the 2017 Local Government Prevention of Violence Against Women grants.

Macedon Ranges Shire Council have produced a suite of materials to raise awareness of the probability of increased family violence after natural disasters and to provide information on where people can find help and support. View an information sheet on the resources here. For further information, please contact Kerry Haby on 5442 0260 or

Women's Health Victoria have released their Spotlight publication on Women and Unpaid Care. Women's unpaid work makes a huge contribution to the economy and wellbeing of families and communities. Despite our society's reliance on it, women's unpaid care work is often taken for granted. Improving the suitability of, and confidence in, social supports and services for people who require care would improve the circumstances, health and wellbeing of women in unpaid care. Also important is the need to transform gendered norms so that unpaid care work is shared more equitably between men and women.

Women with Disabilities Victoria have developed a new resource, Our Right to Safety and respect: a video resource and video guide developed by, and for, women with disabilities about violence, abuse, safety, and respect. The video resource is an example of how the WDV good practice guidelines - Guidelines for developing resources with women with disabilities about safety from violence and abuse - can be put into practice and are accompanied by a video guide to assist women with disabilities to safely use the video alone and with other women.

Women's Health East have released a paper, Women Online: the intersection of technology, gender, and sexism. The paper examines the prevalence and impacts of cyber violence against women and girls, and presents recommendations for action to prevent this violence.
Our Watch is currently recruiting for three roles. They are seeking a Manager, Practice Systems (full time). Applications for this position close 6 July at 8AM. They are also seeking a Senior Advisor, Practice Development (.8 FTE). Applications for this position close 6 July at 8AM. The third position is for a Senior Advisor, Evaluation. This is a new position collaborating with relevant teams regarding the development and implementation of program evaluations, and leading the evaluation reporting for various projects, including the three sector and NSO projects. Applications for this position close 8 July.

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria is recruiting for two roles. They are seeking a Prevention of Violence Against Women Trainer, responsible for the high quality delivery of DVRCV's PVAW training packages. Applications for this position close 9 July. They are also seeking a PVAW Specialist to coordinate the design, implementation, delivery and evaluation phases of workforce development projects. Applications for this position close 16 July. For more information about these positions and to apply, click here.

The Equality Institute is seeking a Research Associate to contribute to research projects aimed at advancing gender equality and preventing violence against women in Australia and globally. The position is ongoing and can be offered at either full time or part-time (.9FTE). Applications close on 22 July. For further information and to apply click here.

Women with Disabilities Victoria is recruiting for two roles. They are seeking a Policy Officer for 6 months, which will focus on the issue of violence against women and will also include work related to the NDIS and WDV's other priority areas. Applications for this position close 9 July. They are also seeking Gender and Disability Workforce Capacity Building Officer. Applications for this position close 19 July. For further information on both these roles and to apply, click here.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence are seeking a Family Violence Prevention Coordinator. Applications close 13 July at 9AM. For further information and to apply, click here.
Our Watch E-News - June 2018
Women's Health West E-News
Gender and Disaster Pod - June 2018 Communique
PiP Bulletin - July 2018 Edition #104
Victorian Women's Trust
h!WIRE e-bulletin #243
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Best wishes,
Kellie and Catherine 
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