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Human Rights Day 2011

Protecting human rights - your right to be heard in South Australia

Rights Protection agencies in South Australia are raising awareness of their services in the lead up to Human Rights Day, Saturday 10 December 2011.

The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) recognises the inherent rights we all have to dignity and equality, including the right:

2011 International Day of People with Disability

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“On the 2011 International Day of People with Disability, I want to applaud some giant steps, at last, in strengthening the rights of people with disability,” said the Acting Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, Anne Burgess.

White Ribbon Day - Men Speak Up

November 25th was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (White Ribbon Day). On White Ribbon Day this year, Dr Michael Flood released a new report on the everyday actions men can take to help reduce and prevent men’s violence against women. The report is titled Men Speak Up: A toolkit for action in men’s daily lives and is available, along with other relevant reports, at the following web address: www.whiteribbon.org.au/resources/research

Mitchell Oration 2011

Larissa Behrendt, introduced by David Marr, recently presented the 2011 Equal Opportunity Commission Mitchell Oration, Human Rights: Sword, Shield or Just Symbolism? Listen to the 2011 Mitchell Oration>>
 

Hockey player shows courage

Research shows that sporting environments are a key site for homophobic harassment, discrimination and exclusion for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) sports people. Film-maker Gus Johnston shares his story of being a gay man who did not feel able to come out during his time playing hockey in Victoria, in a video recently launched on YouTube. Click to view his video - Gus Johnston: The Reality of Homophobia in Sport>>

Payout over skin-colour shop slur

Article by Julian Swallow, from The Advertiser, July 18, 2011

AN Aboriginal teacher refused shop service and a woman who lost shifts after telling her boss she was pregnant have won compensation through the Equal Opportunity Commission.

All Together Now

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All Together Now is a not-for-profit organisation that is using social media to promote the benefits of cultural diversity, reduce the incidence of racism, and address cultural misconceptions in Australia. Visit their website to find out more.

Refugee Week 2011

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This week is Refugee Week. Read Minister Grace Portolesi's news release below. The Calendar of Events, funded by the State Government, is available from the Migrant Resource Centre and can be downloaded from their website on www.mrcsa.com.au.

Reconciliation Week 2011

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'Let's talk recognition'

At the Reconciliation Breakfast, held on Friday 27 May 2011, at the Wine Centre, Dr. Jackie Huggins, AM FAHA was invited as a guest speaker. Her speech was about 'Constitutional Reform'. Dr. Jackie Huggins AM FAHA is of the Bidjara (central Queensland) and Birri-Gubba Juru (north Queensland) peoples. In 2001 Jackie Huggins was awarded an Order of Australia for services to Indigenous people, particularly for her work with reconciliation, literacy, women's issues and social justice.

Participants sought for 1 in 4 Poll

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The first Australian 1 in 4 Poll is seeking people to respond to a survey on social inclusion. The information will be used by the researchers - Deakin University and Scope - and by National Disablity Services (NDS) to influence government policy and inform future practice and research.

The Poll can be completed by:

Welcome to Australia June 2011

The Welcome to Australia initiative encourages people and organisations to get involved in welcoming asylum seekers, refugees, new arrivals and other migrants. Between June 19 and 26, 2011, the initiative encourages you to throw a party in your home, street, office, sporting club or other community group to celebrate the beauty and depth that diversity adds to our nation.

Julian Burnside seminar

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'Human rights in this country have been trashed'
Julian Burnside

Julian Burnside, QC and Australian barrister, who specialises in commercial litigation and is deeply involved in human rights work particularly in relation to refugees, paid a visit to Mount Gambier where he gave a passionate albeit controversial seminar.

Listen to Julian Burnside's seminar on the ABC website (opens new window)>>

Anne Burgess talks about IDAHO 2011

The International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), held on May 17 every year, is a rallying event offering an opportunity for people to get together and reach out to one another. See what prominent South Australians, including Acting Commissioner Anne Burgess, have to say about IDAHO here - www.youtube.com/user/IDAHOSouthAustralia.

Equal Opportunity eCourse

Keeping on top of training and induction for new and existing staff can be difficult, but advising new employees of their rights and obligations from the outset and refreshing existing employees' understanding of these rights and obligations is important. It helps to create a workplace free from discrimination and harassment and is good risk management.

FREE Work Life Balance Masterclasses

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SafeWork SA is hosting a series of FREE Masterclasses to work with businesses on the practical requirements for implementing flexible work initiatives in their workplace.

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Rights, Camera, Action! 2011

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The Equal Opportunity Commission and SafeWork SA are pleased to announce that we are running the Rights, Camera, Action! competition for South Australian school students again in 2011. This year, students can submit not only an original film or animation clip, but can also enter their own online game.  First prize includes a ‘money-can’t buy’ behind-the-scenes tour of one of Adelaide’s premier film, animation or game devel