Putting Women at the Centre: a Policy Forum

Building on the success of the 2015 Power to Persuade Gender Forum held in Canberra, the 2016 Women's Policy Forum harnessed some of the momentum created through the recently launched Scorecared on Women's Policy.

What happens when we put women at the centre of our policy thinking and processes? This forum will cast a gender lens over policy design and implementation in selected key areas impacting women’s wellbeing, searching for the threads that link the experiences of diverse groups of women and the patterns of disadvantage that patriarchy creates. The forum will draw together a program and an audience reflecting the many types of expertise in community, legal, health, academic and government sectors. Putting women at the centre also means creating woman-centred processes and user-centred perspectives, asking how policy ‘lands’ and what tensions are held and challenges negotiated in the process.

PRESENTATIONS AND RELATED ARTICLES

Opening Address

Dimity Fifer, CEO, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand

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KEYNOTE Conversation: an open, questioning 'dialogue across difference' exploring the need for a gendered approach to policy design and implementation in a wide range of areas

Facilitator: Julie Edwards, CEO, Jesuit Social Services

  • Jocelyn Bignold, CEO, McAuley Community Services for Women
  • Liana Buchanan, Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People
  • Kristen Hilton, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner
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Illustration: Think in Colour


PANEL 1: Working the spaces of power: evidence, voice and agency

Facilitator: Susan Feldman, School of Primary Health Care, Monash University

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Panel 1 Twitter roundup

Related: Working across boundaries on the Power to Persuade blog; Aboriginal women: we have voice, don't speak for us on the Power to Persuade blog; Why Australian women over 55 aren't exactly enjoying the time of their lives on the Power to Persuade blog; Susan Feldman 3CR radio interview on ageing and gendered disadvantage; Networking for Change: The role of the national women's alliances in the women's movement on the Power to Persuade blog.


Special event: Launch of ‘Economic Security for Survivors of Domestic & Family Violence’ Research

  • Dimity Fifer, CEO, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand
  • Key Research Findings: Tanya Corrie, Development Lead - Financial Security, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand
  • Formal Launch and Commendation of the Report: Mary Crooks, CEO, Victorian Women’s Trust

Click here to view the research report

Twitter roundup from the research launch


Panel 2: the power behind money

Facilitator: Tanya Corrie, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand

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Related: Micro-aggressions and the welfare card on the Power to Persuade blog; Micro-aggressions and single mothers on the Council of Single Mothers and their Children Victoria blog

Twitter roundup of panel 2


Panel 3: Justice for women

Facilitators: Elena Campbell, Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University and Stacey Campton, Ngarara Willim Centre, RMIT University

  • The social determinants of justice: Magistrate Pauline Spencer
  • Royal Commissions and change for women: Keran Howe, Women with Disabilities Victoria
  • Why women are in prison: Jill Prior, Law and Advocacy Centre for Women
  • Human rights? Women’s rights? Creating a rights culture for women: Rob Hulls, Director, Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University
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Illustration: Think in Colour