This has been an exciting year for the AIDS Action Council (the Council). After a period of change and renewal last year, this year saw the Council undertake a major strategic planning process. This has resulted in a new strategic plan that will set the directions of the Council from 2016 to 2020.
It is particularly exciting to be looking forward at this time given the extraordinary developments in the prevention and management of HIV in our community, and that we are now planning for a future where there are virtually no new HIV transmissions in our community.
SWOP has been in the media recently because of crimes against at least 6 sex workers in the ACT. Thankfully the police have apprehended 3 men accused of these awful crimes and this is because of the brave sex worker who came forward to lodge the initial report of the crimes.
The AIDS Action Council is a unique workplace. If anyone ever gets the opportunity to work at the Council, I cannot recommend it enough.
However, after more than eight amazing years I have decided it is time for new challenges and new adventures.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to everyone who showed their support for last week's memorial in honour of Dr Peter Rowland, held at King O'Malley's in Civic.
Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner, Tim Wilson conducted consultations to explore key rights issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Australia.
These consultations were conducted through an online survey and email submission process. The online consultation period was supported by a number of targeted meetings and community forums with LGBTI groups, organisations and individuals across the country. The outcomes of this process inform the work of the Commissioner in the area of LGBTI rights over the remainder of his tenure.
The consultation process was held in parallel with the Rights & Responsibilities 2014 consultations, a national consultation about how effectively we protect people’s human rights and freedoms in Australia. The focus of the Rights & Responsibilities 2014 consultation was building understanding and improved protection of our fundamental human rights, freedoms and responsibilities.
The final report was released by the Human Rights Commission in June 2015, and we think it's well worth a read. You can find a copy of the full report here, as well as the following supporting resources:
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Rights: Snapshot Report Background Paper (PDF)
Rights & Responsibilities 2014 (more information)
This information first published on the website of the Australian Human Rights Commission on 2 September 2014 and reproduced here with credit. The original version of this information can be found here.
AIDS Action Council is running a new workshop for violence prevention. The workshop empowers bystanders to actively prevent and interrupt violence seen in LGBTIQ communities.
Developed by Dr Shannon Spriggs Murdoch out of Griffith University, MATE is based on the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program that was developed in the USA in 1993.
MVP began as a program enlisting student athletes to be leaders in the fight to end men’s violence against women. Today MVP has been delivered to schools and university, the military, professional athletes, social service providers, and businesses in six countries.
The goal of MATE is to raise participants’ awareness of underlying issues and dynamics surrounding all forms of violence and challenge participants to empathise about these issues. Participants will examine and discuss realistic scenarios that might include violence and learn from their peers about how to take action. Participants will develop concrete options for intervening in potentially dangerous situations and be inspired to be proactive, confident leaders in the fight against violence.
MATE has been funded by the Women’s Safety Grant from the ACT Government.
Three sessions of MATE are taking place over the coming months:
- For Female Identifying Community Members: 20 August, 10am
- For Male Identifying Community Members: 3 September, 10am
- For Sex and Gender Diverse People: 24 September, 10am
Email for registration or more details.
I was incredibly lucky to be able to attend AIDS2016 in Durban South Africa. I received partial funding from the council, and funded the remainder myself.
There were more than 15,000 participants from 153 countries around the world. I feel so humbled and fortunate to be able to participate. Yes - I saw Charlize Theron, Elton John, Prince Harry and Bill Gates but they were definitely not the most exciting part of being at the AIDS2016 Conference.