March 7 2013 International Women’s Day Oration [L-R: QVWC CEO Vivia Hickman, Catherine Deveny and QVWCT Chair Jane Fenton]
International Women’s Day – UN legislation
During the first two weeks of March, the 57th session of the Commission on Status of Women took place in New York to develop and agree on a concrete framework for action which would focus on the most effective ways to prevent and end violence against women and girls. The commission ended with more than 130 Member States signing an agreement to adopt a global plan to end gender-based violence. Among the priorities in the outcome document was the need to establish services for the survivors of violence including health, psychological support and counselling. Read more here. Since 1975, the year designated by the United Nations as International Women’s Year, International Women’s Day has been celebrated on March 8. This year, the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre marked the occasion with Catherine Deveny delivering the International Women’s Day Oration.