On 30 April 2021, the Victorian Women’s Trust has made a submission to the Federal Government’s Co-Design Process for an Indigenous Voice to support From The Heart‘s recommendations. We wrote:
‘In 2011 the Victorian Women’s Trust (VWT) made a submission to the Joint Select Committee’s Inquiry. We wrote, “if you create a better world for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, all Australians benefit”. This still rings true today. April 2021 marks 30 years since the release of the Final Report following the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and VWT is motivated to support the From The Heart’s advocacy to the Indigenous Voice Co-Design Process for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution to advise the Parliament and Government on legislation and policy that have an acute and particular impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
There is still much unfinished work to do on this issue and we must all keep pushing for change.
As the Director of the From the Heart campaign, Dave Parkin, stated in a submission to the Co-Design process, “A Voice enshrined in the Constitution is a fair, practical and safe proposal that will unify our nation.’
VWT is delighted to endorse the campaign for an Australian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.Read more
On October 16th 2020 VWT, along with a group of interested women, made a submission to members of the Members of the AEC Redistribution Committee on the naming of the proposed new federal electorate in Victoria following the 2021 redistribution.Read more
In signing on to this joint submission, the Victorian Women's Trust joins 70+ other organisations and individuals calling for a gender-responsive COVID-19 recovery over the immediate and longer term.Read more
On 21 December 2018, Maddy Crehan and Casimira Melican completed the online survey on Engage Victoria to help shape the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Mental Health-the first of its kind in Australia.Read more
Victorian Women's Trust has made a submission to the Federal government's Co-Design Process for an Indigenous Voice to support From The Heart's recommendations.Read more
VWT partnered with Gender Equity Victoria and 100+ Victorian women's organisations to release a joint statement on ten things the Government must do to address the impacts of COVID-19 on women and gender diverse people.Read more
On January 30th, VWT submitted Connor Shaw's internship report to the Attorney General's Religious Freedom Bills - second exposure draft consultations writing that VWT has, "serious concerns about this proposed legislation and its negative impacts on Australian women."Read more
We see this submission as an opportunity for young girls and women to have a much needed voice in the Commission process.Read more
On September 27 2018, the Trust contributed a policy submission to the Victorian Government Gender Equality Bill 2018 Discussion Paper. In our submission we have chosen to address the discussion paper questions where we believe our experience as a women’s organisation can value-add to this important discussion surrounding the intention, implementation, inclusion and evaluation of the proposed legislation.Read more
Sexual harassment at work flourishes in places where sexual discrimination goes unchecked and full gender equality remains a distant hope. Sexual harassment is fuelled by organisations that remain overly masculine; are unequal from top to bottom; and which manifest cultures of permissiveness towards perpetrators and silencing of those harmed.Read more
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