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Newsletter issue 18 February 2011

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Meeting l a r e n e G l a • -2010 Annu ining and a r T in V I Certificate 0 11 0 4 E A T •

Assessment updated) ( e c n e l io V omestic D : s t e e h S • -Info ebt (new) D & y e n o M and Women, eniors S r o f d n a • - Broadb •

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ernational t n I e iz S At Every • - Health ch 2011 r a M h t 10 n Lunch o y a D ’s n e m Wo ar series in m e S n io t Informa - 2011 Free Women’s Information and Referral Exchange Inc.

Welcome to our February 2011 edition of HotWIRE We’ve had a busy start to 2011 in both the phone room and the Women’s Information Centre. 2010 was another great year for WIRE with the delivery of the third and final year of the Women & Money Month Pilot project. Working in partnership with the Office of Women’s Policy and Queen Victoria Women’s Centre has given us a great opportunity to continue our work on improving women financial security by increasing women’s financial literacy. The project has been really successful in increasing women’s confidence to take charge of their money and start thinking about their financial security as early as possible, even though we all know that most women have less money to start with. And while we didn’t included ourselves in the data figures, everyone at WIRE and our friends and family now think about money differently and are actively working toward securing the best financial future for ourselves. We will continue to seek new funding in 2011 to keep this work going. As part of working toward a better financial outcome for women we are also supporting the ASU pay equity claim because equal pay is still not a reality for women in Australia. And until things change we will always be behind the “eight ball” in securing a strong financial future for ourselves. Another key issue in achieving this outcome is the need for flexible work places that support family caring responsibilities which are more commonly held by women. 2011 is going to be the year we embrace social media and we are starting with building our own skills and understanding of how effectively to use this new form of communication. So look out for these changes over this year. Join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter simply by clicking on the icons on our website at and logging into your Facebook or Twitter account. I hope you have all had a great break and that 2011 is a great year for you.

Samiro Douglas

Annual General Meeting 2010 More than 50 WIRE women, family and friends attended our annual general meeting on 25th October 2010 held at Three Degrees Bar and Brewery. We launched our new WIRE website and published our annual report online for the first time. Guest speaker Candy Broad gave us greater understanding and fuller appreciation of Emily’s List Australia and its achievements. We also congratulated WIRE’s graduating telephone support workers who received their official statement of attainment certificates; and we thanked all our wonderful volunteers who have worked hard with us. Well done! Our AGM was great fun for all volunteers, staff, members, board members, alumni, friends and family to celebrate another wonderful year working for women.

Our wonderful telephone volunteer workers!

Did you know?

Introduction To Governance Course: A gendered perspective WIRE’s first Introduction to Governance Course ran for 10 weeks from October to December 2010. The gendered course looks at the different ways women operate and how this impacts on their role as a board member. Sixteen women completed the course including our board member Amy Cato. A course evaluation survey conducted pro bono by Survey Matters showed that participants found the course valuable and beneficial, with almost 70% saying that they would recommend it to others in the future. The survey also found that: •

92% of respondents said that participant interaction and discussion was the most highly valued part of the course

77% of respondents found guest speakers’ contributions both relevant and interesting “Guest speakers/facilitators were fantastic in engaging us... their first-hand experience was of much benefit to me.”

62% of respondents felt more confident in applying for Board positions after undertaking the course

WIRE will be running this training course again in March this year. Look out for details on our website http://www. and on our fortnightly e-bulletin.

Last financial year, WIRE answered 8,565 telephoen calls from


NEW Info Sheets

International Women’s Day Lunch

Health At Every Size Celebrating women of all shapes & sizes WIRE is joining forces with Eating Disorders Victoria to run a Health at Every Size lunch on Thursday 10th March at Queen Victoria Women’s Centre to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. The event encourages women to embrace the diversity of natural body shapes and sizes, and will debunk the myth that women can only be healthy at a certain shape, size and weight. It aims to promote positive body image by challenging the standards of popular culture which state that thin is “in”. Dr Naomi Crafti from Eating Disorders Victoria will explain the Health at Every Size concept, which recognises that good health involves more than just the physical – it also includes spiritual, social, occupational, emotional and intellectual aspects. Samiro Douglas CEO of WIRE, will provide a brief history of International Women’s Day since 1911 and what it really means for women in Australia. “All women should be empowered to accept and take pride in their natural body shapes and sizes, as a part of being healthy women,” stated Ms Douglas. “[We] want women to realise that they don’t have to aspire to be thin to be healthy, and that health can be the goal at every size.” Julie Parker positive body image campaigner, counsellor and blogger will speak about Australia’s participation in the Endangered Species: Preserving the Female Body global summit. She will also give a presentation on Australian bloggers’ ideas for the summit on how to celebrate body shape and size diversity. The lunch will be hosted by comedian Kelly Nash, who will introduce women to a new way of viewing weight and body shape. Date: Thursday 10th March 2011 Time: 12pm to 2pm Venue: Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Level 4, 210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne Cost: $49.50 (incl. GST and 2-course African lunch) RSVP by Friday 4th March 2011 Online: Call: 1300 550 236 Email: Post your BIG ideas on ways to make the world value the diversity of female bodies, on the Endangered Species Australia webpage at by 25 Feb and be part of Australia’s submission to the Endangered Species global forum in New York!

WIRE regularly publish information sheets, guides and reports on women’s issues in Victoria. In June 2010, we updated our Domestic Violence information sheet; in September we wrote our new Women, Money & Debt information sheet.

Domestic Violence Women have the right to live free from fear and violence. Domestic violence is a crime. One in five women will be affected by family violence at some point in their lives. While it can be difficult and frightening to take action against family violence, it is important to know that the law, your friends and family, and many services are here to help you take action. The Domestic Violence Information Sheet discusses: •

What constitutes family violence

How to protect yourself

How the legal system can help

Where you can get financial support

Contact information for organisations that can help including support groups, outreach services, and legal services

This info sheet was kindly made possible with a grant from the Sidney Myer Fund.

Women, Money & Debt Unplanned expenses mean you can find yourself unexpectedly in debt. Seeking help early is important and can help you manage your debt and plan for the future. Many people find themselves in financial difficulty at some point in their lives. Regardless of women’s backgrounds or circumstances, dealing with financial matters can be overwhelming and bring up feelings of hopelessness and shame. The Women, Money & Debt Information Sheet discusses: •

How debt accumulates

How to avoid debt from credit cards and mobile phones, as well as ‘sexually transmitted’ or relationship debt

How women can become more financially secure through savings and budgets

Contact information for organisations that provide counselling, tips and legal advice on debt and financial matters

This info sheet was made possible with a grant from Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and advice from Nicholes Family Law.

ONLINE ACCESS Visit information-resources. REQUEST HARD COPIES Email your mailing address and required quantities to

COMING UP AT WIRE... 22nd February

TAE 40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Register online at

23rd February

WIRE Telephone Support Worker Training Program starts

24th February

Free WIRE Seminar: Women and Poverty by Lyrian Fleming from CARE Australia

10th March

International Women’s Day lunch: Health At Every Size organised by WIRE and Eating Disorders Victoria

23rd March

Free WIRE Seminar: Helping Someone You Care About With Anxiety presented by Helen Rimington


Introduction to Governance Training Course (TBC)


WIRE Appeal

For information or bookings, please call 9921 0878, email or visit

TAE 40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment Starts 22nd February 2011. Register now! As a Registered Training Organisation with 27 years’ experience in delivering training, WIRE will deliver the TAE 40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment course on Tuesday evening 22nd February. This nationally recognised training qualification is often cited as the minimum qualification required for trainers. It is also highly regarded by employers for positions where training and assessment may be only a part of the role. Completion of this qualification demonstrates that you have highly developed organisational, analytical and communication skills. 20 SESSIONS in Melbourne CBD • Tuesday evenings 6pm to 9pm (17 sessions) • Saturdays 10am to 5pm (3 sessions)

Broadband for Seniors Our Women’s Information Centre now offers a free internet kiosk (2 computers) for older members of the local community, and includes online training for beginners. This kiosk is a part of Australian Government initiative “Broadband for Seniors” to increase the skills of older Australians using computers and the internet. Women’s Information Centre Mondays to Fridays 10.30am to 5pm Ground Floor, 210 Lonsdale Street Melbourne For more information on kiosk access times, please email, or call Rima, Gemma or Jay on 9921 0878. For information on the Broadband for Seniors initiative, visit

at Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne (near Melbourne Central station) Costs • $1,800* (full rate) OR • $1,400* (2 concession places per course with Health Care/Pensioner card only) Parents seeking to return to paid work may be eligible or a Returning to Earning grant. Find out more at http://www. Registrations by 5pm Tuesday 15 February 2011 Visit for registration forms and payment details. Registration forms must be submitted and paid for. For more queries call WIRE at 9921 0878 or email

“Join us for a chat or cuppa in our lovely space at the Women’s Information Centre!” Gemma, WIC officer

Published July 2010 Copright of Women’s Information and Referral Exchange Inc. ABN 98 957 157 895 Reg. No. A122

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