Adelaide 19 – 22 September 2016 Prevalent & Preventable, international conference on preventing violence against women and their children

New speakers, early bird registration closing 17 July, and more

Prevalent & Preventable is an international conference dedicated to exploring the emerging opportunities and challenges of preventing violence against women and children across the diversity of Australian society.

Working from the latest international and national evidence, Prevalent & Preventable brings together practitioners, policy makers and researchers to develop solutions to end violence against women.

The conference will translate international ideas into local spaces, and focus on actions to end the high rates of violence against women and children in Australia and across our region.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women with disability and women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds need to be front and centre in efforts to end violence against women. Prevalent & Preventable will explore ways to prevent violence while tackling discrimination and disadvantage faced by these communities.

The conference will also explore how best to work with children and young people as agents of change to end violence against women in Australia.

Planning for the conference is well under way with the program firming up quickly.

We are proud to announce more of the great speakers who are set to appear alongside our international keynote speakers. These include:

  • Ms Natasha Stott Despoja, AM Chair, Our Watch and Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls
  • Ms Rosie Batty, 2015 Australian of the Year, campaigner against family violence
  • Ms Mary Barry, CEO, Our Watch

Other exciting sessions that have just been confirmed include:

  • Jennifer Uwineza and Andrew Taukolo from #R4Respect in Logan City speaking on campaigns and cultural change in the community
  • Members from the Young Women’s Advisory Group (AWAVA’s sister alliance) and members from the Equality Rights Alliance sharing their experience as young people creating change
  • An Our Watch Media Training Session that will include advice and tips for how the sector can communicate with the media to get increased and appropriate coverage of the issue involved in violence against women and children.

Alongside the program there will also be a small exhibition, so if you have a product or service that you wish to publicise to attendees, don’t miss this opportunity – spaces are very limited so contact the Conference Secretariat ( to discuss what’s available.

Early bird registrations closing 17 July!

Register now to take advantage of the early bird registration rate – rates increase on 17 July. With early bird rates ending so soon, you will need to be quick!


As with any conference, we couldn’t do this without our sponsors and we are delighted to welcome the Northern Territory Government’s support. We thank all our sponsors, especially our Principal Sponsors – the South Australian Government.

Does your organisation want to become involved at a different level? How about supporting another delegate to attend, or sponsoring a session/speaker? Contact the Conference Secretariat (, visit the website or phone +61 2 6162 0345 to discuss the various opportunities available. We can tailor a package to suit your budget.

Stay in touch!

Want to keep up-to-date with the conference? Register your interest at, email or follow us on Twitter: @AWAVA_women, @OurWatchAus, @WESNETAustralia, @AusAWG or @Julie_Oberin

NFAW event in Perth 7 June 2016

The National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) was delighted to host a forum in Perth on 7 June 2016 to promote gender diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Generously supported by Deloitte WA, more than 40 guests in professional and leadership roles representing industry, the not for profit sector, government and academia, were challenged by presentations from 3 extraordinary women about the continuing difficulties for women pursuing careers in STEM fields:

Professor Cobie Rudd – Deputy Vice Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) and Vice President at Edith Cowan University;

Marjolein Towler – Director of Consultus Pty Ltd, Chair of Women in Technology WA (WITA) and an Information Designer, Facilitator, Project Manager and Processes professional;

Alex Atkins – Manager in Risk Advisory, Deloitte, geologist and mining engineer

Common themes in the presentations included:

  • The need for engagement with children and young people to pursue careers in STEM fields;
  • Breaking down gendered stereotypes about STEM and careers available to men and women in those sectors;
  • The need for institutional change to support women in academia progressing their STEM careers

The NFAW is looking forward to continuing its engagement around Australia in creating opportunities for discussions about the issues important to Australian women.

Having recently completed its annual Gender Lens on the Commonwealth Budget, the Social Policy Committee of the NFAW is immersed in preparation of a comparative analysis of the policies of the major parties in the lead up to the Federal Election on 2 July.

It will be essential reading for all Australians interested in gender equality.

To find out more about the NFAW and what you can do to support its important work, go to

Canberra – Tuesday 26 July: ACT of Women Giving host ‘Bringing the Light – the Story of Seven Women’


Filmed over a period of four years, this film follows a group of Nepalese women whose lives have been empowered through education, skills training and income generation. This is a story of courage, resilience and strength as these women seek to create a better life for themselves, their families and other women in Nepal.


WHEN: Tuesday 26th July, 5pm – 7pm

VENUE:The Alastair Swayn Theatre
33 and 35 Brindabella Circuit
Brindabella Business Park
Canberra, ACT 2609

COST: $25



CONTACT: Lesley Harris | 0419 123 515 |

You can find out more about the work of Seven Women at or follow us on Facebook

Winter Tales at the National Library – 26 June Alice Giles, Harpist




24 June 2016, 2pm-3pm
National Library of Australia
Conference Room, Level 4
$15 (includes afternoon tea)

Alice Giles is celebrated as one of the world’s leading harpists. She performs extensively as a guest artist at many international festivals, regularly appears with major Australian chamber and symphony orchestras and makes annual tours throughout Europe, Asia and America. She performed at Mawson Station in 2011 to commemorate the Centenary of the first Australian Antarctic Expedition. She is an acclaimed teacher and since leaving the ANU School of Music now teaches at the University of Sydney and the Australian National Academy of Music. She has commissioned many new works by Australian composers as Director of the Seven Harp Ensemble (SHE). Her numerous recordings and touring information can be found at

Followed by afternoon tea.

In association with the Australian Women’s Archive Project

Canberra – Tuesday 17 November 2015

Senator Katy Gallagher entertained 100 of us at dinner at the National Press Club in Canberra on Tuesday 17 November. Events are planned for 2016 in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra

– Watch this space!

Melbourne event held 28 July 2015

More than 50 of us listened to the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, discuss the Government’s agenda for women and field questions on issues including domestic violence, equal pay, tax and its relationship to child care and measurable targets for women’s representation in Parliament

Perth event held 16 June 2015

More than 40 people attended our inaugural WA event. Katie Day from Fortescue Metals Group spoke about her personal journey to become a FIFO woman in mining operations.

NFAW is planning events in several capital cities in 2015

– watch this space for details:

PERTH between 15-17 June

MELBOURNE Tuesday 28 July

SYDNEY Monday 7 September with Annabel Crabb

BRISBANE August-September

CANBERRA National Press Club Tuesday 17 November

An evening with Diane Bell

Professor Emerita Diane Bell :Science Matters: Where are the young women? 105 of us enjoyed the dinner and Diane’s talk at the National Press Club on 11 November – Read more here – Science Matters Nov 11 plus slides