Friday, 26 June 2015

One in three Australian women will experience physical violence. One woman is murdered every week by someone known to her.Family violence is a key driver of 23 per cent of national homelessness in Australia. It comprises 40 per cent of police time. It’s a factor in over 50 per cent of substantiated child protection cases. And it’s costing us. Violence against women costs the Australian economy $13.6 billion every year. That’s not so far, that’s every year.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Please help reduce the level of Elder Abuse in Australia!

United Nations

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
15 June
"The distressing crime of elder abuse often occurs in quiet, private settings, making a vocal, public response that much more important. Let us strengthen our resolve to end this problem as part of our broader efforts to create a life of dignity for all."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
The global population of people aged 60 years and older will more than double, from 542 million in 1995 to about 1.2 billion in 2025. Around 4 to 6% of elderly people have experienced some form of maltreatment at home. Elder maltreatment can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences. The incidence of abuse towards older people is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly ageing populations.
Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.
The United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution 66/127, designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations.

Mission Australia raising awareness of homelessness. We share their concerns for the young and the old, especially as older women represent over 52% of all homeless older persons.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Sad News

Joy Ross, known to many women in Own,for her contributions, friendship, support to others and helping hands, has passed away after a long illness. The funeral service for Joy will be held on Monday 15 June. Past National President, Cate Turner will be acting as the 'Celebrant' for the service. Cate can be contacted via email The National Council, OWN Australia send our deep condolences to Joy's family and close friends, she will be sadly missed.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), 15 June 2015

TEA: Talking Elder Abuse

‘World Elder Abuse Awareness Day represents the one day 

in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the 

abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older 

generations.’ (United Nations)

Elder abuse

Every year, one in 20 older persons experiences some form

of abuse at the hands of someone they trust. It is estimated

that only one in five cases of elder abuse is reported.

You can be a part of changing these statistics for the better.
The NSW Elder Abuse Helpline & Resoure Unit

Phone 1800 628 221 – Anyone can make the call

Monday, 1 June 2015

OWN Australia is happy to advise moves are in place for the re-establishment of OWN Victoria. At a meeting in Melbourne last week, National President Aloma Fennell  met with  interested parties, known for advocacy work with women’s groups in Victoria and an agreement has been struck to work towards having OWN Victoria up and running again in the second half of 2015. Please contact us for any support you can provide for this project.

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OWN Australia acknowledges the passing of our Australia’s first female Premier Joan Kirner on June 1 2015. Joan Kirner was an author, a strong advocate for improved education, health reform and social democracy. Our condolences to her family and close friends.