AWAVA stands for Australian Women Against Violence Alliance. Their focus is to address all forms of violence against women, and ensure that all women and children are able to live free from all forms of violence and abuse.
AWAVA is one of the six National Women’s Alliances funded by the Australian Government.
What are their key areas?
AWAVA provides guidance and advocacy at the national levels involving all aspects of violence against women and girls.
By providing expert policy advice and carrying out monitoring of policies, legislation, programs, and practices which impact on women and children experiencing gender-based violence.
They do this by contributing to policy development and consulting with their members, thus conveying their views on policy debates and processes.
AWAVA conveys knowledge with regards to prevention and responding to violence sector. They emphasize the experiences of women in situations of multiple disadvantages such as:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
- Women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
- Migrant women
- Refugee women
- Women with disability
- Women in rural and isolated areas
- Older women
- Younger women
- Women in financial hardship or poverty
- LGBTIQ+ people
- Women in the sex industry
- Women in prisons
AWAVA provides representatives for a range of government and non-government bodies. They embody the concerns of women and children experiencing violence.
By recognizing the diversity of these women’s experiences and their need for a comprehensive policy, AWAVA addresses the root causes of violence.
They provide aid through responses that cater to the needs of women and children experiencing violence.
They aim to ensure that women’s voices are heard by the Government, especially those who are in the marginalized society giving them an equal platform for their rights.
AWAVA’s focus areas:
In the period 2017-2020 AWAVA is focused on the following areas of work:
- Strategic engagement and representation (including the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children)
- Access to justice and accountability
- Effective responses to improve women’s safety and recovery (including specialist women’s services)
- Primary prevention and institutional change; and
- International engagement