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OUR ALIGNMENTS WITH INTERNATIONAL, NATIONAL AND STATE FRAMEWORKS
The RRR Network is in alignment with a number of International, National and State frameworks and policies that advance gender equality and support women’s rights.
#1 Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
Australia ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (the Convention) in 1983 and reports periodically to CEDAW on compliance with the Convention. Whilst all articles of the Convention have relevance to the RRR Network’s strategic vision, Article 14 (Recommendation 34 – 2016) specifically pertains to human rights of rural women. The article states:
Under article 14, paragraph 1, States parties are required to consider the problems faced by rural women and the significant roles they play in the economic survival of families, including their work in the non-monetised sectors of the economy. Inclusive and sustainable development must uphold the rights of rural women, underscoring their role as key actors and fully acknowledging the economic value of their paid and unpaid work.
The RRR Network is strongly aligned with the Convention, in particular Article 14. By providing WA RRR women with multiple avenues for input and opportunities to impact decision making, the RRR Network actively contributes in principle to this Convention.
#2 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’S)
In 2015, 193 member states, including Australia, adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDG’s. Goal 5 is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
The RRR Network provides a platform for women to be heard, educated, and informed. It connects women with each other and provides them a pathway to influence policies and practices that impacts them in both the public and private sphere.
Goal 5 of the UN SDG sets out a number of targets, many of which the RRR Network aids in achieving, including:
SDG 3 GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING: The RRR Network is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of our RRR women. We recognise that RRR women tend to be the people who connect with the community and build resilience capacity. Maintaining and building their strength is integral not only for them personally but for their community. We create a resource for RRR women so they may educate themselves on how to effectively lead, to be inclusive of others and to be innovative to inspire creativity and diversity.
SDG 10 REDUCE INEQUALITIES: We advocate for RRR people who have limited access to essential services, produce, digital connectivity, narrowed employment markets, little to no access to childcare and aged care, and as a result their day to day lives can be a challenge to achieve the same tasks as their metropolitan counterparts. We educate RRR people on how to navigate the challenges whilst encouraging key decision makers to invest into infrastructure and services that will reduce the inequalities experienced by WA RRR people.
SDG 13 CLIMATE ACTION: The RRR Network is constantly working on digitalizing its infrastructures to reduce our impact on climate change. Our Board and staff are encouraged to avoid unnecessary printing and to participate in an online meeting rather than travel by road or by plane. We also encourage our network to consider, challenge and discuss the impacts of climate change through our online communication channels.
SDG 15 LIFE ON LAND: We value life on land. Such as the joy it brings to personal well-being, the natural environment in which livestock and other animals can grow and forage, how land can be used to support food security and the visible wonder of the ecosystems that surround us and motivate us to sustain them. The RRR Network is funded by the Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development who continue to explore and encourage sustainable agriculture methods and cleaner energy sources.
SDG 16 PEACE JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS: The RRR Network is committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent that our employees, board directors and membership bring to our organisation represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our organisation’s reputation and achievement as well.
We embrace and encourage the sum of our Network. We celebrate the diversity of our members. We embrace their difference in age, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, body size, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and other characteristics that make our Network unique.
We commit to the above with a belief that we are strengthening peace, justice and strong institutions across regional WA.
#1 Our Watch
In 2017, Western Australia became a member of Our Watch, which is a national organisation established to drive change in the culture, behaviours and power imbalances that lead to violence against women.
Our Watch’s ‘Change the Story’ framework points to substantial evidence that higher levels of violence against women are consistently associated with lower levels of gender equality in both public life and personal relationships. The framework makes it clear it is critical to not just focus on the violence itself; but to challenge the social, political, and economic structures, practices and systems that created gender inequality, and the beliefs, attitudes and behaviours that continue to support and normalise it.
Rates of domestic and family violence are higher in regional, rural, and remote areas. Geographical and social structures in these communities, as well as unique social values and norms, result in specific experiences of domestic and family violence.
The RRR Network has a unique reach and understanding of RRR communities that can help inform and provide access for and to women to help reshape the bigger picture behind this violence.
#2 Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children – 2010-2022
The Council of Australian Governments endorsed the National Plan in 2010 to set out what governments are doing to ensure that Australian women and their children live free from violence in safe communities.
In 2019 the Fourth Action Plan was published setting out a number of National Priorities with underpinning principles, with two of these in particular resonating with the deliverables of the RRR Network’s mission:
‘We must address the diversity and lived experiences of women and their children affected by violence, and Actions must be evidence-based and help build an understanding of what works to respond effectively to, and prevent, violence against women and their children’ (pg. 6)
The RRR Network represents the diversity of RRR women, giving them a voice. Our organisation through its activities, research and engagement with women can inform the design of appropriate responses to address violence against RRR women and their children.
The RRR Network attended a Family Domestic Violence Forum at WA’s Parliament in 2020 to represent RRR women.
#3 Women’s Health Strategy 2020–2030
National approach to improving health outcomes for all women and girls in Australia. One of the Priority Populations for the National Women’s Health Strategy are ‘Women and Girls from Rural and Remote Areas’. A number of recommendations of the Strategy are supported through the RRR Network’s activities.
These include promotion and support, together with development of information sharing to help enhance access to support and ensure health policy development for women.
#1 The Policy Framework for Substantive Equality 2014
Developed by the Equal Opportunity Commission, the Framework is a long-term, systematic approach to addressing the often unintentional, systemic discrimination in the Western Australian public sector particularly in service delivery. It aims to do so by first understanding all the manifestations of the discrimination and then taking action to address the social and structural issues.
The drive for understanding is a critical element of the Framework with the first Key Driver being a ‘Needs Assessment:
‘The main aim of needs assessment is to assist agencies to understand the impact of policies and service delivery practices on minority groups, identify their needs and set objectives to meet the needs and address barriers in service delivery to these groups’ (pg. 7).
Under the Framework it is a required action to: ‘Consult with different minority groups regarding the Policy, service needs and barriers’ which is where the RRR Network can support.
The RRR Network is the only network in WA that provides a platform for consulting with and hearing the voices of RRR women. RRR women are a recognised minority group who, under the Framework, should be consulted to help address systemic discrimination.
#2 Stronger Together – WA’s Plan for Gender Equality
Stronger Together: WA’s Plan for Gender Equality provides a framework for coordinated action by Government, business, organisations, and individuals with practical steps to advance gender equality over the next 10 years of which the RRR Network is a stakeholder.
“Women and girls in Western Australia deserve to live and work safely in a community where diversity is embraced and where access to rights, resources, opportunities and protections is not determined by gender”
Stronger Together is being delivered through four Action Plans across 10 years 2020–2030 and will respond to current and emerging priorities in Western Australia. Action Plan 2 (2021 -2025) specifically states ‘Supporting Women and Girls in Regional Areas’ as one of its key goals with the Action being:
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