Influencing National Policy on Violence against Women and Girls
JERA International provides leadership and advocacy at national, regional and global levels in relation to all aspects of violence against women and girls.
We work in collaboration with the Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA) to support expert policy advice as well as carry out monitoring of policies, legislation, programs and practices which impact on all women and children experiencing gender-based violence as part of the Beijing Platform for Action Monitoring and Evaluation review processes.
JERA International recognises how colonization contributes to and intersects with race, ethnicity, gender and other factors as drivers of violence.
JERA International has collaboratively worked and had an alliance with Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre for over 6 years. Carole Shaw, Director and Joint-CEO of JERA International has been working with Masimanyane on issues of sexual and gender based violence in armed conflict situations and both organisations form part of the International Network for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (INEVAW) a south based network of women’s rights advocates working to elimination all forms of violence against women and girls.
In Australia, JERA International delivers workshops in schools as part of the That Inspires Respect project.
That Inspires Respect is a multidisciplinary arts project developed to drive strong messages of respect and tolerance for the elimination of violence against women and girls. It is an innovative initiative that combines education and arts to bring youth into contact with the values of respect and tolerance that are required to ensure violence against women is eliminated from society for good.
The aim of the project is to drive a strong message of prevention of violence through respect, bringing young voices out to the public at a critical age of development and building relationships.
The project was jointly developed by Casa Cultura Inc., JERA International and The Boite, and funded by the Moreland City Council, the City of Melbourne, the Clack Family Memorial Fund (via the Australian Communities Foundation), Nelson Alexander, Federation Square and Big Bang Studio and received support from important organizations including Our Watch, Women’s Information and Referral Exchange (WIRE), Women’s Health Victoria, Women’s Health in the North (WHIN), Banksia Gardens Community Services and the Victorian College of the Arts.