THE NZ GATHERING
The 1st New Zealand National Domestic Violence Conference is scheduled to be held in Auckland on 1-3 September, 2011. The conference is the first national conference ever held by the Global Coalition Against Domestic Violence in New Zealand. It’s designed to be the largest national gathering of community based groups, government and non-government agencies who are all devoted to highlighting and showcasing successful programs in the area of domestic violence, with the united goal of eradicating domestic violence in society through the empowerment of people and workers in the field of Domestic Violence. Among the featured speakers are experts from Australia, Thailand, Philippines, UK as well as many national identities.
Over countless generations, society has developed into what we term “our modern day lifestyle”. In years gone by, violence was part of daily life. As society has moved forward into structured communities, the incidence of intra-tribal violence has slowly faded into the past. Unfortunately one of the most destructive influences on many communities and families in particular is Domestic Violence and the abusive power by men. Although Domestic Violence is not limited to males on women and children, men are by far the biggest number of perpetrators.
Many communities have worked hard in addressing the incidence of Domestic Violence within their sector. Both non-government and government agencies have developed some great programs in addressing these problems. The Gathering is devoted to highlighting many of these successful Domestic Violence programs from the northern to the southern islands of New Zealand.
Gender equalization and the abuse of rights of women and children have also played an important role in highlighting violence within the domestic lifestyle of society. Some great initiatives have been develop to stem the incidence of domestic violence. Abuse takes place in all areas of society from the rich to the poor, from rural to urban, Indigenous communities through to the mainstream society.
This gathering will focus on issues such as psychological, physical, emotional and mental abuse, including research, community and governmental programs and the dissemination of information to the whole community with the aim of providing positive outcomes.
At the 2011 event, we have taken a decision to focus on and include works in the field. As such we are making a special invitation to groups from around New Zealand. Many of these communities have strong and powerful leadership in areas of the control and prevention of domestic violence. These groups have developed superb initiatives within their communities.
The location for the National New Zealand Domestic Violence Conference is set for the Mt. Richmond Hotel and Conference Centre with the scheduled date on the 1st - 3rd of September, 2011
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Would you like to contribute to the success of the fight against domestic violence and although not be part of the formal program?
1. We would be grateful and keen to hear of any suggestions and ideas regarding subject matters or topics to be added in the conference agenda.
2. You can help by volunteering at the event either by facilitating a workshop or being a Master of Ceremony.
3. It would be of great benefit to the event if you could promote the event to your own contacts or having your organization create a link to our website at www.domesticviolenceconference.net (reciprocal link).
4. If you or your organization registers four (4) people to attend the event, we will sponsor (1) delegate from a grass root organization.
5. By joining and registering online to be a member of the Domestic Violence’s network, you are therefore increasing access to information as well as providing other organizations access to the network.
This conference aims to:
i. Reduce incidence of Domestic and Family Violence at all levels
ii. Provide an open and frank forum for discussion
iii. Lend support to individuals and families working in the field of Family and Domestic Violence
iv. Help establish and grow a worldwide network and resources through information sharing
v. Show that Domestic Violence is no longer tolerated or acceptable in today’s society
vi. To bring together men, women and organizations as a united voice against domestic and family violence
WHO WE ARE
The Global Coalition against Domestic Violence (GCA-DV) was established by concerned individuals and members of community groups in the hope to establish a unified voice and vision to promote the eradication and control of domestic violence, ensure safety of victims, public awareness on services available to the survivors of domestic violence and hold perpetrators accountable of the crime they committed.
After the Kuala Lumpur conference, it was resolved at the meeting that the coalition needs to engage more people and increase its memberships and as such worldwide small networking conferences are being established with conferences planned for 2011 in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa and Europe. The Coalition should not be seen as a political lobby groups for any one particular country or organization.
In fact GCA-DV’s sole aim is to provide information to individuals, community based and government organizations in relation to successful programs being adopted throughout the world. Thus, this conference should be seen as training seminar and as such a certificate of attendance shall be provided at the completion of the event together with a conference CD and an overview of the event to each participant and their organization.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women recognizes the urgent need for universal application to women of the rights and principles with regard to equality, security, liberty, integrity and dignity of all human beings, affirming that violence against women constitutes a violation of the rights and fundamental freedoms of women and impairs or nullifies their enjoyment of those rights and freedoms, and concerned about the long-standing failure to protect and promote those rights and freedoms in the case of violence against women, recognizing that violence against women is a manifestation of historically unequal power relations between men and women, which have led to domination over and discrimination against women by men and to the prevention of the full advancement of women, and that violence against women is one of the crucial social mechanisms by which women are forced into a subordinate position compared with men, concerned that some groups of women such as women belonging to minority groups, Indigenous women, refugee women, migrant women, women living in rural or remote communities, destitute women, women in institutions or in detention, female children, women with disabilities, elderly women and women in situations of armed conflict, are especially vulnerable to violence certificate.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP?
To save your organization’s money, we have introduced a system of staged payments so that the earlier you register, the more your organization can save. All registration fees will go towards the staging of the event and in addition to this, a draw will be conducted in which one (1) delegate’s name will be chosen and then sponsored to the next global domestic violence event.
To register, just click on the registration page and complete the form or you can also request for a conference brochure and the registration form to be sent to you by email at email@example.com