ANROWS is an independent, not-for-profit research organisation established to produce evidence to support the reduction of violence against women and their children in Australia. Established as an initiative under Australia’s National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan), it is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia
ANROWS is one of the key commitments of the National Plan. The first major task of ANROWS was to produce the National Research Agenda on behalf of the Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments. The purpose of the National Research Agenda is to develop a cohesive and comprehensive national evidence base that is relevant to policy and practice and actively contributes to the National Plan outcomes. It will do this by providing strategic direction and identifying research opportunities and priorities that are nationally applicable.
The ANROWS Compass series summarise key findings of research on violence against women and their children and provide advice on the implications for policy and practice.
The ANROWS Landscapes series scopes current knowledge on an issue related to violence against women and their children.
ANROWS Footprints is a thematic quarterly publication focussed on communicating new, innovative and emerging research, and policy and practice initiatives addressing violence against women and their children.
In recognition that 1 in 5 women in Australia will experience depression and 1 in 3 women will experience anxiety during their lifetime, the Beyondblue website has a section dedicated to women and houses the following resources and factsheets:
- Factors that can contribute to depression and anxiety in women
- Effective treatments
- Pregnancy and early parenthood
Australian Women’s Health Network
The Australian Women’s Health Network is a health promotion advocacy organisation that provides a national voice on women’s health, based on informed consultation with members. Through the application of a social view of health, it provides a woman-centred analysis of all models of health and medical care and research. It maintains that women’s health is a key social and political issue and must be allocated adequate resources to make a real difference.
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While this is not a women-specific website it provides quality information and resources about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's health. It has a women's health web resource intended for people working, studying, or interested in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's health. There is also a women’s health portal to provide the women's health workforce and related workers with access to quality information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. The women’s health page also has a section on women’s health news and a women’s bibliography; which contains a comprehensive bibliography on Indigenous women’s health publications.
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International Alliance of Women (IAW)
Based in Geneva, the International Alliance of Women (IAW) is an international NGO comprising 41 member organizations involved in the promotion of the human rights of women and girls globally. The IAW has general consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council and is accredited to many specialized UN agencies, has participatory status with the Council of Europe and is represented at the Arab League, the African Union and other international organisations.
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National Women's Alliances
The five National Women’s Alliances (the Alliances) represent over 180 women’s organisations. They bring forward the views, voices and issues of Australian women and, in particular, women from marginalised and disadvantaged groups. The Alliances take the lead in ensuring that the voices of as many women as possible are heard, especially those who in the past have found it difficult to engage in advocacy and decision making. The Alliances include:
Australian Women Against Violence Alliance
The key area of focus for the Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA) is addressing violence against women to ensure that all women and children are able to live free from all forms of violence and abuse. AWAVA recognises that violence against women is both a consequence and cause of gender inequality in all sectors of society that must be addressed by promoting women’s empowerment. AWAVA produces useful resources such as: Stopping Violence Against Women Before It Happens: A Practical Toolkit for Communities.
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Economic Security4Women focuses on the promotion of lifelong economic wellbeing and financial security for women to ensure that women of all ages have an equal place in society. Through advocacy and research they aim to change policies which continue to have a negative impact on the long term economic security of all women.
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Equality Rights Alliance
Equality Rights Alliance (ERA) is Australia’s largest network of organisations with an interest in advancing women’s equality. ERA has a focus on gender equality, women’s leadership and women’s diversity, including bringing young women’s voices to policy and decision making. ERA works on a range of projects relating to:
- Bringing the diversity of women's voices to develop and resource policies and processes that will achieve equality for women
- Housing that meets the needs of women
- Women's equality in laws and access to justice
- Women's health and wellbeing
- Economic policy and structures that meet the needs of women
To advance gender equality, ERA adopts a human rights framework and advocates for adherence to international human rights principles.
ERA is managed by the YWCA Australia; coordinated by a secretariat staff team based in Canberra; and supported in policy matters by the ERA Steering Group.
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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Alliance
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Alliance (NATSIWA) is aimed at empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to make strong, strategic and effective policy advocacy interventions into issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Working with members, NATSIWA will bring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s voices to both priority issues for the Australian Government and to emerging and hidden issues that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and communities are facing.
National Rural Women's Coalition
The National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC) is a collaborative national voice for women living in rural, regional and remote Australia. Since its establishment in 2002 NRWC has continued to strengthen and build a national network for rural, regional and remote women of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. The network acts as a platform through which rural and remote women can voice their needs and interests in policy development and research.
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OECD Gender Initiative
The OECD Gender Initiative involves different OECD Directorates and their respective Committees, Working Parties and Governing Boards. The OECD Gender Recommendation provides principles for achieving greater Gender Equality through better application of gender policies and good practice and stipulates ongoing monitoring and analysis with progress on gender equality. The Gender Initiative is co-ordinated by the Directorate of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs and overseen by the OECD Deputy Secretary General. OECD work on Gender covers a range of issues and activities. The OECD Gender Initiative also produces reports, articles and statistics, including the Social Institutions and Gender Index and the Gender, Institutions and Development Database
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Our Watch is an initiative under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan) and complements the work of Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS). It has been established to drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that lead to violence against women and children.
Our Watch will, at a national level, bring together the vital work being done to prevent violence against women and their children. It aims to strengthen engagement on these issues across the broader Australian community, provide opportunities for community leadership as well as support future work in primary prevention.
Our Watch projects include:
- National Media Engagement Project (National)
- National Framework for Prevention of Violence against Women and their Children (National)
- Respectful Relationships Education in Schools (Victoria)
- Sports Engagement Program
- The Line
- Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities (Victoria)
- Reducing Violence against Women and their Children Community of Practice (Victoria)
- Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence (Victoria)
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Sexual Violence Research
Sexual Violence Research is the new name under which the Australian Institute of Family Studies will continue to provide research related to sexual violence, victimisation, perpetration and prevention. Research focuses on the experience of children, women and men. This work has previously been delivered under the name Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault and has been a focus of the Institute’s research since 2003.
Current research explores: the aetiology of sexual violence; characteristics of different forms of sexual victimisation and perpetration; impacts over the life-course; and how sexual violence intersects with other social issues such as family wellbeing, mental health, alcohol and other drug consumption, and social connectedness. Five research projects are currently being undertaken in the following areas:
- Comparative approaches to community-based prevention
- Sexualisation, media, and young people
- Disclosure of institutional child sexual abuse and the role of family dynamics
- Mapping historical shifts in responding to child sexual abuse
- Implications for service delivery for shared clients in the sexual violence and alcohol and other drug sectors
ACSSA publications are still accessible from the AIFS ‘Sexual Research’ page.
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Women’s Health Victoria Clearinghouse
The Clearinghouse identifies, collects and provides access to published women’s health information. Its purpose is to support the work of Women’s Service providers and to build the capacity of others to incorporate a gendered approach to health. The Clearinghouse specialises in women’s health policy, health promotion, preventative health, health determinants, and advocacy in the Australian context. The collection contains more than 13,000 print and online publications (books, reports, journal articles and audiovisual items). View the latest new resources list or Search the Clearinghouse online catalogue. Links are provided to the electronic full text (where available).
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Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA)
WWDA is the peak organisation for women with all types of disabilities in Australia and is run by women with disabilities, for women with disabilities. The vision of WWDA is to improve the lives and life chances of women with disabilities. WWDA’s work is grounded in a human rights based framework which links gender and disability issues to a full range of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. This rights based approach recognises that equal treatment, equal opportunity, and non-discrimination provide for inclusive opportunities for women and girls with disabilities in society. It also seeks to create greater awareness among governments and other relevant institutions of their obligations to fulfil, respect, protect and promote human rights and to support and empower women with disabilities, both individually and collectively, to claim their rights.
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Women and Newborn Health Service Library
The Women and Newborn Health Service Library is the responsibility of the Western Australian Health Departments Women and Newborn Health Service. Library subject guides provide access to library resources including databases, journals, ebooks and websites. Each guide contains links to relevant resources in a particular subject area, such as midwifery. The guides also provide information about library services, evidence based practice and EndNote.
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Workplace Gender Equality Agency
The Workplace Gender Equality Agency is an Australian Government statutory agency charged with promoting and improving gender equality in Australian workplaces. The Agency is responsible for administering the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 is part of the Department of Employment portfolio. Its vision is for women and men to be equally represented, valued and rewarded in the workplace.
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