This year the 65th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65) was held virtually from 14-26 March 2021 instead of in person in New York. Alongside the 65th Session, NGO CSW/NY facilitates a platform for the voices and leadership of feminists and women’s rights organisations globally who lobby for their inclusion in the UN deliberations in pursuit of gender equality.
DCA felt incredibly privileged to host one of the NGO CSW/NY parallel events associated with the forum where we explored DCA’s Myth Busting Domestic Violence at Work guidelines, produced in conjunction with Our Watch.
DCA CEO Lisa Annese presented the findings from the guidelines and outlined the common myths and misconceptions about domestic and family violence and work.
David Morrison AO, Chair of the DCA Board and past Board Director of Our Watch moderated a discussion with our guest panel about the impact of domestic and family violence on workplace health and safety, the cost to business, the imperatives to address gender inequality in the workplace and the unique role that business can play in prevention.
Our panel included:
- Cara Gleeson, Director Practice Leadership, Our Watch
- Ryan Burke, Head of Inclusion & Diversity at Commonwealth Bank
- Dr Virginia Mapedzahama, Principal Consultant at Dune Health and Wellbeing
- Lisa Annese, Chief Executive Officer, Diversity Council Australia.
DCA research & resources supporting this topic:
Family and Domestic Violence – https://www.dca.org.au/topics/family-domestic-violence
DCA webinar event – Looks at domestic violence through an intersection lens
DCA webinar event – Understanding and responding to domestic violence during COVID-19