Observations from a delegate at the 2014 Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women #CSW is a positioning game – according to legend not even the bathrooms are off limits – as civil society and NGO delegates strategically situate themselves around the #UN headquarters with the intention of lobbying government delegates about the language they want inserted in the Agreed Conclusions. The […]

Observations from a delegate at the 2014 Commission on the Status of Women

Minister for Women @Michaelia Cash, Global Ambassador for Women and Girls Natasha Stott-Despoja and Sex Discrimination Commissioner @Elizabeth Broderick have strongly advocated for violence against women and girls (#VAWG) to be recognised as an international priority. It is not simply altruism that motivates this recognition. The economic consequence of sidelining and brutalising half of the […]

Observations from a delegate at the 2014 Commission on the Status of Women

While the theme for this year’s CSW is ostensibly about the Millennium Development Goals, the real debate will be about the Sustainable Development Goals #SDGs that will replace them in 2015. #post2015 The Y has been advocating for the Australian government to promote a stand along gender equality goal and gender markers in all of […]

With respect to spin doctors…

Government communications professionals are often dissed as ‘spin doctors’, but their critical role in delivering important public information, particularly during times of economic threat and massive change, should not be under-estimated. This was the case in the UK, when the new Government faced a deep recession and an urgent sense of economic danger.  There were […]

Observations from a delegate at the 2014 Commission on the Status of Women

Today I spent nine overly caffeinated hours in a conference room in Manhattan planning advocacy strategy with my fellow #YWCA delegates in the lead up to the commencement of the Commission on the Status of Women. The #CSW is an opportunity for the international community to produce a number of agreed conclusions, setting precedent for developing […]

Observations from a delegate at the 2014 Commission on the Status of Women

CPR Adviser Julia Diprose has been selected to be a delegate at the 2014 Commission on the Status of Women, an international forum attended by delegations from 45 UN member states at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Commission is a policy-making body on gender equality and advancement of women. It meets annually to […]

Tony’s Gift to Clive – Taking Away His Parliamentary Rights

This article first appeared in ABC’s The Drum on Thursday November 14, 2013. The original can be viewed here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-13/forman-less-power-on-the-floor-more-power-off-it/5088898 Sweeping away House of Representative standing orders to give voice to non-government MPs might be irresistible for Tony Abbott, but it might also prove to be one of his biggest mistakes. The rules – including setting […]

Communicating Consumer Directed Care – 5 things you need to know

For the uninitiated, Consumer Directed Care is an integral part of the Australian Government’s Living Longer, Living Better aged care reforms that were introduced on 20 April 2012 and brought into action on 1 August 2013. At the core of these reforms is a comprehensive 10 year plan to expand home care options and provide […]