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Good Shepherd: a voice for vulnerable women in the community

The team at Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand continues its important work of advocating on behalf of vulnerable women in our community.
Good Shepherd supports the objectives of the federal government's ParentsNext as a pre-employment program to help parents identify their education and employment goals and participate in activities that enhance their job readiness. However, they are concerned about several aspects of the design and implementation of the program.
CEO Stella Avramopoulos and Sarah Squire, Head of Good Shepherd’s Women’s Research, Advocacy & Policy (WRAP) Centre appeared before the ParentsNext Senate Inquiry hearing in Melbourne on 27 February arguing this pre-employment program is out of step with mothers and the labour market.

Good Shepherd’s objections to the program include the misplaced focus on parents of infants and very young children; linking participation in ParentsNext with income support payments; and ParentsNext’s focus on improving parenting skills, which bears no relation to labour market outcomes.

The evidence presented by Good Shepherd in the first session of the hearing was used by Senator Murray Watt and Senator Rachel Siewert to question government department representatives on the limitations of the pilot evaluation of ParentsNext.

Read more about Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand’s work here.  |      Read the media statement here.
Good Shepherd Australia News Zealand co-hosts Dowry abuse summit

And in further Good Shepherd Australia News Zealand news, it co-hosted the Second National Summit on Dowry Abuse in Sydney on 22 February.

The summit included an array of excellent speakers, a panel session and roundtable discussions, which showed support for a national, integrated and holistic approach to addressing dowry abuse in Australia.

Good Shepherd’s CEO Stella Avramopoulos introduced The Hon Linda Burney MP at the Summit who stated Labor’s commitment to changing the law to ensure economic abuse is a recognised form of family violence and dowry abuse a specific example.

Good Shepherd has consistently called for the recognition of dowry abuse within the definition of domestic and family violence, specifically acknowledging it as a form of economic abuse.
Read more here.
Pictures sourced from Good Shepherd Australian New Zealand

Top picture, front row: Senator Murray Watt and Senator Rachel Siewert receiving a petition signed by over 34,000 people to make ParentsNext voluntary. The petition was initiated, and handed over, by Ella Buckland. Sarah Squire is pictured left, second row.
Bottom picture: CEO Stella Avramopoulos

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