The consultation was to assist in providing advice to the Government on establishing a new prohibition at the Commonwealth level on the non-consensual sharing of intimate images, and implementing a civil regime designed to deter and penalise persons and content hosts who share intimate images or videos of a person without their consent.
Our Rosie Project Officer Maddy Crehan, Club Respect Project Officer Grace Mountford and Research & Advocacy Officer Casimira Melican collaborated to answer the thirty eight discussion paper question using their experience and knowledge to inform the responses.
The Trust’s submission highlighted:
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Rosie Project Officer Maddy Crehan and Research & Advocacy Officer Casimira Melican also attended the Melbourne consultation workshop with the Department of Communications and the Arts at the end of July 2017 which was an opportunity to gain insight into policy processes at a federal level.
The new civil penalties legislation came into effect in September 2018 and you can read about it here.
In our submission, we discuss the scourge that domestic violence constitutes in our society and the legislative and policy intervention vacuum that has persisted in Australia since federation which has ensure the deeply embedded, systemic and wicked nature of this problem.
On the 25th of January, Isabelle Hughes, our Policy Intern, produced a policy submission in response to the proposed changes contained in the Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform Bill 2017.
The Trust’s submission addressed the schedules in the Bill which addressed Australia’s child care and paid parental leave (PPL) schemes. Our submission emphasised that the benefits of a flexible and generous social security system are then manifest at every level of society with benefits reaching far into Australia’s future.
We believe Labor has a unique opportunity in Setting The Agenda to build momentum and a political appetite for bold, sophisticated and measured policies which lead to gender equality and to real and lasting and positive change.
In our submission we stated that in order to remove structural inequalities which segregate our workplace along gender lines and contribute enormously to the gender pay gap there needs to be a complete overhaul of the norms which dictate our working lives.
On 29 January 2016, the Trust submitted a policy submission to the Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council on the topic of maximum sentencing penalties for sexual offences, particularly those involving a child.
Featuring Trust projects such as Vida’s Voices; Here She is!; Rosie; Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives; and Getting the Balance Right we give a number of recommendations to the Victorian Government to achieve gender equality in Victoria going forward.
On 14 November 2016, the Trust sent our endorsement of the Victorian Government’s Gender Equality Strategy to 22 Victorian Parliamentarians.
Our submission highlighted that education around consent and respectful relationships was the best way to empower young people to navigate a world where the pornography is easily accessible to them and their peers.
Our submission expressed concern that the Paid Parental Leave Scheme proposed under the Bill is inadequate to meet the central purposes of the government's scheme. .
This submission focused on the role of men in reducing attitudes which condone violence against women by adopting positive practices and attitudes to advance gender equality in their own lives and amongst their peers and family.
On 21 November, the Trust sent our endorsement of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Amendment Bill 2016 which removes the current requirement that an adult undergo sex affirmation surgery and be unmarried in order to alter the sex recorded in their Victorian birth registration to 31 Victorian Parliamentarians.
The Trust joined with SafeSteps, EDVOS, WISHIN and the Safe Futures Foundation to collaborate on a joint submission to the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.
Our submission focussed on Point 14 of the Discussion Paper provided by the Royal Commission.
This submission draws on previous research and other initiatives undertaken by the Victorian Women’s Trust over the past decade or more to highlight the issue of young women’s levels of financial literacy and relative disengagement with the superannuation system.
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