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IPAN National Easter Peace Convergence: Canberra, Easter 2014


EASTER 2014]

The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

National Easter Peace Convergence Canberra

Conference and demonstration supporting peace and independence

Canberra, APRIL 21-25th 2014

If you care about

• Australia’s involvement in foreign wars and drone murders

• Foreign troops and/or bases on Australian Soil

• Expensive arms purchases

• The US alliance

Be part of IPAN’s campaigns promoting Peace and an Independent foreign policy for Australia.

Register your interest in attending at

Or phone: Greg 0439 823 898 or Annette 0431597256

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More information



For your information and interest:  The Kapululangu Women’s Law and Culture Centre is seeking volunteers.  Please read the appeal below from their director Zohl de Ishtar, and please spread this message far and wide to your friends and networks.

Would you be interested in coming out to Western Australia’s Great Sandy Desert to join us at the Kapululangu Aboriginal Women’s Law and Culture Centre as a Volunteer to help care for the Women Elders here?

The Volunteer position involves caring, cooking, cleaning, driving and some providing logistical support for culture work (eg. trips to Country) for six (6) amazing Women Elders, and sometimes their families and community.

We are looking for resourceful, self-motivated and initiative-taking women who are prepared to do what it takes to ensure that our remarkable Women Elders are properly cared for. You don’t necessarily have to be skilled in any way other than in life skills. The minimum length of a Volunteer stay is 1 month – but there are options to extend for the right person. The hours are long and hard, but (based on the experience of every other volunteer) it’s fun and you’ll fall in love with the Elders and not want to ever leave them.

In exchange you get to live with and learn from some of Australia’s most magnificent Aboriginal Women Elders. These Elders grew up in the desert before the Kartiya (Strangers) arrived in their ancestral homelands – an event that changed their world forever – all within their lifetimes. These Nintipuka Tutju (Clever Women Teachers) and Tjarrtjurra (Women Healers) are Custodians of the Old Ways (Kururralkatjanu). That makes them very special people and simply being with them is an opportunity of a lifetime.

If you are the right person we’ll get you a permit to join us in this remotest of Australian Aboriginal communities where you will spend top quality time with our Elders.

We at Kapululangu are looking for some wonderful women who feel inspired to contribute in one or more of the following possibilities…

1. Right now we need one or two women who are able to arrive here in the next week. If you are a daring woman who is prepared to jump at this golden opportunity and get on the next plane to Balgo from Broome next Friday please email us immediately. We promise you that you won’t regret your bold decision. We ask you stay with us for seven weeks (October 25 to December 13) – or a month. We’re flexible and happy to consider any and all offers.

2. Or come and spend the Christmas-New Year period with us. We’re looking for four (4) courageously committed women who would like to Volunteer with us over the Holiday period (13 December to 10 January). The highlight of this time is that you get to have Christmas with the Elders and our community’s kids. You’ll get to give something of yourself to the women and children who will really appreciate you at a time when most of the Kartiya (Whitefellas) have left our community. AND as Christmas is the height of the communal Law Time period for our community and region, you will also have an opportunity to participate in and provide logistical support to both our women and our men during some of our most important cultural ceremonies.

3. Please don’t despair if you can’t move that fast. We’re now starting to fill up our volunteer calendar for the full 12 month period of 2014. So pick a month, any month, when you’d like to join us here and then write to us and tell us the dates when you’d like to spend with us as a Volunteer. We’re always open for the right woman who can make a difference to the lives of our Elders and our kids. And you’ll get to make life-time friends with the other volunteers too. We hope to hear from all of the many women who have said over the past year that they’d like to visit the Elders in 2014.

You will need to cover your own expenses to get here (that’s the cost of flying from wherever you are to Broome, and then $350 on the Friday plane to Balgo). Plus you will need to contribute $100 a week for food and accommodation (as we all do).

We know that that sounds like a lot especially if you haven’t got access to ready cash, but think of all the workshops you’d have to do to learn what you’re going to learn here with our Elders would rate in the tens-of-thousands of dollars. With Kapululangu you get to all the teaching and guidance at no charge at all. You get it for free!

If any of these positions sound right for you, or if you are at all interested, then please write to us at

Please tell us the dates you’d like to come and how long you’d like to stay. Tell us something about yourself. Are you Aboriginal, or Indigenous? Have you lived in a remote Aboriginal community before, or are you simply keen to learn more about how to make a difference? What special skills do you bring with you – and we all are special in some way? And please don’t hold back on asking any questions.

You might like to take a look at our website at It will give you a glimpse of the kind of work that we have done, and still do – albeit to a lesser degree at the moment. It will show you how and why the Women Elders created Kapululangu as their local Indigenous response to their issues and concerns in their community.

The Kapululangu Women Elders are waiting to welcome the right women into their lives. So if you think this describes you and if you are up for a wonderful experience then please contact us at NOW.

If you find yourself hesitating, or wondering whether you are the right person for the job, then why not send us an email anyway and ask us whether we think you should come? We know this position isn’t suited to everyone, and we are very careful about who we invite to join us.

But think about it….

Kapululangu is Australia’s only Aboriginal Women’s Law and Culture Centre, one of Australia’s most remote Women’s Centre (and Aboriginal too boot), and a core provider of Women’s Law (ceremonial) and Culture (custom) activities and events for both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous women from across the Kimberley, throughout Australia, and around the world.

So this really is a rare and unique opportunity.

How often have you been asked in your lifetime whether you’d like to live with and give service to a group of Aboriginal Women Elders who grew up in the bush and were trained in the Old Ways long before White society impacted their social systems and lifeworlds?

How often have you been invited to learn how to be the best Kartiya (Stranger/Whitefella) that you can be while being assisted and mentored by someone who has already lived with these same Women Elders and their families and community for 14 years; a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee who has already made all the mistakes so that you don’t have to?

Is this really an opportunity you want to step over?

Email us at NOW


Please assist us by Sharing this Call for Volunteers with your friends and networks. Yati Minyirri. Many thanks.

Looking back on RAMSI, mainstreaming women, peace and security in Australian foreign policy and practice

UNSCR1325 13th Anniversary Event:

Evening Seminar: Open to public

Presenters include Dr Jasmine-Kim Westendorf and Sue Ingram

Dr. Jasmine-Kim Westendorf is a lecturer in International Relations at La Trobe University. Her research explores why negotiated peace processes often fail to establish lasting peace, and she has worked extensively on issues of conflict resolution, peace processes, peace-building, and the international community’s responses to civil wars across a range of cases in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. She co-founded and convenes the Melbourne Free University.

Sue Ingram has a long career in public policy, peace-building and international development, including as a senior executive in Australian Government – including AusAID. She has also held several appointments in UN peacekeeping missions in Timor-Leste before and after independence. Sue was head of RAMSI’s Machinery of Government pillar, the area with responsibility for the Women in Government Project within RAMSI. More recently she has worked as an independent consultant/adviser focusing on governance and state-building in fragile and conflict-affected states for AusAID, the World Bank, UNDP and OECD. Sue is now studying full-time towards a PhD.

Event date: Monday

11 November 2013.

5.30 pm for nibbles and refreshment,

6.00-7.00 pm Seminar

Venue: The Theatrette,

Sir Roland Wilson Building (Room 2.02),

21 McCoy Cct, ANU

This Is a Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Event in Partnership with the ANU Gender Institute.

RSVP: For catering purposes please book with Eventbrite as light refreshments will be served outside the Theatrette from 5.30.

Contact Martina Fechner or call 6125 6281 (Mon- Wed)

Access: Free and open to the public

Websites: UNSCR13325 The first resolution on Women, Peace and Security and RAMSI Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands

WILPF 98th Birthday Celebrations



The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

– ACT Branch


6.00pm (refreshments) – 6.15pm to 7.30pm (Panel and Q&A)


ACT Legislative Assembly, London Circuit, Canberra

UntitledFocus: How Young-WILPF women are helping to advance the Women, Peace and Security agenda

Stop Violence Against WomenHEAR a Panel of Young-WILPF and YWCA delegates discuss attendance at and their work on:

  • the Commission on the Status of Women (New York, March 2013);  and
  • links between the recent Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and Gender Violence

ENGAGE in a Q&A session to know more about Women, Peace and Security.

CELEBRATE the past by looking to the future.

NETWORK with leaders in women’s and peace-building groups and organisations.

DONATION:  WILPF members: $5.00 / non-WILPF members: $10.00 (to support the WILPF Centenary Conference – to be held in May 2015 in Canberra!)

Please RSVP by Monday 29 April 2013 to Jan Goldsworthy (WILPF – ACT) at

Australian Civil Society Dialogue on Women Peace and Security

WILPF members from South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales joined the Canberra Branch members at the Inaugural Annual Civil Society Dialogue on Women, Peace and Security, held at the ANU on Monday 15 April 2013.


The Purpose of the Annual Dialogue is to:

  • showcase the contribution of civil society organisations to the women, peace and security agenda in the context of UNSCR 1325;
  • facilitate effective dialogue between civil society and the Australian Government on women, peace and security in the context of UNSCR 1325;
  • support shadow reporting on the Australian National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security; and
  • elevate the national discussion on women, peace and security.

This Annual Dialogue  event is a collaboration between  the following organisations

Australian National Committee for UN Women (UN Women Australia)

Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) – Australian Section

The Gender Institute at the Australian National University


Barbara O’Dwyer from WILPF ACT delivered an Introductory Address on the Women Peace and Security  agenda, to set the scene for the inaugural event.

Further details are available at the ACFID website:

An Invitation from the Community of the Canberra Anzac Eve Peace Vigil, 2013

We send greetings and a heartfelt invitation to you, and/or to all members of your group, to join us in ceremony and song at the third lantern-lit Canberra Anzac Eve Peace Vigil, from dusk on Wednesday, April 24.

With each successive Vigil on the eve of Anzac Day, our contemplation of the sufferings in Australia’s war involvements is deepening, with particular recognition and sorrow for the ongoing trauma to Aboriginal peoples in the wake of Australia’s Frontier Wars;  and an encompassing compassion for dispossessions, exiles, and emotional injuries associated with conflicts and their refugees throughout the world today.

This year, a ceremonial focus is the kindling of the Peace Fire at the Aboriginal Memorial, embers of which will light the lanterns and Welcome to Country ceremony at the top of Mt. Ainslie, light the community gathering and smoking ceremony at Remembrance Park, and light the walkers’ way to the all-night Peace Vigil at the end of Anzac Parade.

As we walk, sing, share poetry and stories, and make ceremony together, we remember that almost everyone in Australia has a family story of trauma and loss through war and, for many, dispossession.  The Peace Fire gives expression of light and blessing upon our hopes for a safe, united and happy future, for our children and all our descendants.

(We draw attention to our recommendation for participants to wear warm clothing, bring a portable chair, mug for soup, and rug if needed.)

Honey Nelson,  (contact)

Johanna McBride,  (musical coordinator)

Graeme Dunstan,  (lantern-maker)

A Chorus of Women, Poets for Peace,

Canberra Event: Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud


Photographs by Jagath Dheerasekara

Curated By Judith Crispin

Opening Sunday April 7, 4:30-6pm
Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest.

Entry $15 or $10 for students and members.

To be opened by Muckaty Traditional Owner Penny Phillips.

“Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud” is a photographic exhibition presenting the community and country in the Northern Territory targeted to host a federal radioactive waste dump. The photos aim to break down the conception that these areas are the ‘middle of nowhere’ and thus suitable for dumping of hazardous materials. 

Sri Lankan photographer Jagath Dheerasekara received the Amnesty International Human Rights Innovation Grant 2010 and has developed the exhibition as a collaborative project with the Beyond Nuclear Initiative and Muckaty Traditional Owners.

“We are happy that the photo exhibition is happening to connect up with people and tell our story around the country. We are facing much hardship because of the government’s plan, but we are staying strong and saying no the waste dump. The exhibition shows how the Warlmampa people live and how we are fighting together against the nuclear waste dump plan.“
Muckaty Traditional Owner Dianne Stokes (featured on event invitation)

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