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Taking DV to task

Zonta Club of Brisbane and Zonta International District 22 worked together to deliver a submission to the Women’s Safety and Justice Task Force.

The taskforce asked for submissions on one of its Discussion Paper 1 – Options for legislating against coercive control and the creation of a standalone domestic violence offence.

In the submission, the focus is on five specific areas of discussion:

A new name to integrate domestic violence and coercive control

Community education to help recognise coercive control

Education  for Young People around domestic violence and sexual assault

Police training and specialist “champions”

Developing a register of serious domestic violence offenders

he Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce is an independent, consultative taskforce established by the Queensland Government to examine:

  1. coercive control and review the need for a specific offence of domestic violence
  2. the experience of women across the criminal justice system.

The Taskforce will make recommendations to the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence. It is chaired by Zonta Club of Brisbane the Honourable Margret McMurdo AC, former President of the Queensland Court of Appeal.

To find out more about the taskforce go here

To read our submission go here

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Cathy was the first!

Back in 2019 we awarded Cathy Hunt the inaugural Zonta Club of Brisbane Advancement of Women Award. It was a well-deserved win for Cathy, who is Executive Producer of Women of the World (WOW) Australia, and an energetic and passionate advocate for women and girls. We are looking for the next Advancement of Women Award winner – it may be someone you know! So start talking to your friends and colleagues – spread the word! This is a $5000 award that recognises a person who, through their leadership, work or advocacy, is progressing the status of women by either creating new pathways for women, facilitating women’s advancement along existing pathways, or advancing the interests of women through other endeavours in social, community, economic, academic, political or work environments. It is open for nominations now! For more information on the Advancement of Women Award go here
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Award for advancing women

Zonta Club of Brisbane is excited to announce applications are open for its   Advancement of Women Award.

This is a very special award that recognises a person who, through their leadership, work or advocacy, is progressing the status of women by either creating new pathways for women, facilitating women’s advancement along existing pathways, or advancing the interests of women through other endeavours in social, community, economic, academic, political or work environments.

The Award provides $5,000 to the winner who will also be offered a year of collaboration with members of the Zonta Club of Brisbane Inc.

Who is eligible?

The Award is open to persons of any gender who are on the path of helping women and who can use the funds to leverage the effect of their work. It seeks nominations from a broad base. For example, the recipient could be an administrator, scientist, teacher, business or industry leader, police officer, community worker, fundraiser or a pioneer in their field. Members of Zonta and their families are not eligible to apply.

Further details

Application form

Details about the Award including eligibility; selection criteria or information required by the nominating person for their nominee are available in the Application form that can be downloaded and sent to zontabrisbane@gmail.com

Eligibility and information

Important dates

The award will be open from 5th July to 8th September, with the winner announced at the Zonta Club of Brisbane’s 50th anniversary dinner on Monday, 8 November.

The award is funded through  the Advancement of Women Fund set up in 2018 inaugurated with a living gift from charter member of the Zonta Club of Brisbane, Dr Joan Godfrey OBE. This fund will  grow with ongoing capital donations and bequests from members. Susan Hocking and Susan Davies.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Lesley Chenoweth (l.chenoweth@griffith.edu.au) or the Zonta Club of Brisbane at zontabrisbane@gmail.com

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