Social Justice Actions
SWAN members have been involved in numerous activities, both as individuals and as a group, on a wide range of social justice issues that negatively impact individuals, groups and communities at a local, national and international level.
These are some of the areas in which SWAN has been involved:
Advocacy against domestic and family violence
- Supporting the cause of Heather Osland who was convicted of the murder of her violent and abusive husband.
- Speakers including Irene Bolger, Phil Cleary, Dr Carolyn Taylor, Hannah Jay and Rosie Batty
- Hosting Peninsula Forum at which several women spoke about local issues such as domestic violence, homelessness, palliative care and abuse.
- Women Against Domestic Violence a public seminar co-presented with Chisholm TAFE students.
- Domestic Violence Seminar, run by Mornington Peninsula Shire and actively supported by SWAN.
Supporting community empowerment
- Increasing Women’s Participation in Community Settings conference
- Mornington Peninsula Community Audit which sought input from and about citizens who were most vulnerable in their ability to access key decision-makers. The results helped to provide the necessary conditions and political support for MPSC to reorient it’s thinking from “roads and rates” to a more community focus as evidenced by the subsequent appointment of Social Planners and Community Development Officers.
Environmental issues on the Peninsula
- Sharing the Wisdom Community Environmental Forum
- SWAN members played a leading role in MPS publication A just peninsula that acknowledged the work being done by local groups, and other initiatives to support people from non-English-speaking backgrounds, that promoted intercultural understanding.
Advocacy for asylum seekers and refugees
- Public forum
- Speakers including Julian Burnside, Nyadol Nyuon, Shen Narayanasamy, Judy Carroll and Katie Shafar
Challenging racial prejudice and discrimination
- Debunking myths about Australian Islamic culture
Supporting First Nations people
- Engagement and cultural awareness
- NAIDOC week speakers
- Advocacy and Forum on the Voice to Parliament referendum
- Raising awareness amongst SWAN members
SWAN also held public meetings about wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.