16 Days of Activism: Celebrating Queensland Activists - Angela Lynch

16 Days of Activism: Celebrating Queensland Activists

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual campaign that begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs through International Human Rights Day on 10 December.

This year, the UN marks the 16 Days under the theme “UNiTE! Activism to end violence against women and girls”.

16 Days of Activism: From 25 November until 10 December, WorkUP Queensland will acknowledge and highlight the achievements of those working in the DFV sector in Queensland.

Read Angela’s story below.

Angela Lynch, QSAN Secretariat

Today, meet Angela Lynch, who currently works as Secretariat for the Queensland Sexual Assault Network. 

Angela has previously worked with Women’s Legal Services Australia as a national reform coordinator, where she helped develop changes to the Family Law Act to prevent unrepresented perpetrators of DFV from being able to cross examine victims during court proceedings.  

These changes were implemented and new laws were introduced, including a national service response through legal aid to support these changes.  

This campaign took roughly seven years of ongoing advocacy. 

Angela says activism plays an important role in systemic reform. 

“The role of activism, advocacy, and seeking policy, legislative and system reform is key to raising awareness and building community responses to sexual, domestic, and family violence.”  

“It is a way of encouraging government and other organizations to take a stand and take action on legislation, policy, and/or service gaps.  Though victims of violence can undertake their own advocacy and we must make space for this, they also expect workers in the sector to speak up on their behalf in a consistent manner and to ensure their interests are considered in decision making.” 

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16 Days of Activism: Celebrating Queensland Activists - Karin Swift

16 Days of Activism: Celebrating Queensland Activists

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual campaign that begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs through International Human Rights Day on 10 December.

This year, the UN marks the 16 Days under the theme “UNiTE! Activism to end violence against women and girls”.

16 Days of Activism: From 25 November until 10 December, WorkUP Queensland will acknowledge and highlight the achievements of those working in the DFV sector in Queensland.

Read Karen’s story below.

Karin Swift, Independent Consultant

Karin Swift has been involved in various projects across the sector with organisations including WWILD, QDN, and WorkUP Queensland.

She hopes to see all forms of violence against women with disabilities recognized at a global level, and has brought worldwide attention to the cause by representing Australia at the UN.

On a local level, she has had the opportunity to be involved with projects that came out of Dame Quentin Bryce’s landmark report titled Not Now, Not Ever. This work was an opportunity to share how violence can impact us in different ways, and demonstrated how public awareness needed to improve to ensure women and girls living with disability are able to be free from violence.

“I am an activist by using my voice, my experience, and the experiences of my peers to influence change, to co-design products, services, and campaigns to make sure they are inclusive of women and girls with disabilities; to advocate and ensure change at local, national, and global levels.”

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Scholarship Round 5 is closing soon

Scholarship Round 5 is closing soon

Time is running out to get your applications in for a scholarship with WorkUP!

Visit https://workupqld.org.au/scholarship-program/ to find out more and download your application form.

Submissions close 5pm Friday 4th of November 2022.

Contract theresa.kellett@anrows.org.au for questions and support.  


Scholarship Round 5 is now open

Scholarship Round 5 is now open

Scholarship round 5 is now open for applications. If you work in the domestic and family violence, sexual assault or women’s health and wellbeing sectors in Queensland and you are interested in study to enhance you career opportunities, consider joining our information session on 7 October 2022 or checking out our Scholarship Program webpage for more information.

Applications close on Friday 4 November at 5pm.  


NAIDOC Week 2022 - Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!

NAIDOC Week 2022 - Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!

WorkUP Queensland would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, sovereign people Elders and Ancestors of the lands in which our staff reside, work and walk. We are promoting some upcoming NAIDOC events within the community worth checking out.

This years NAIDOC theme is Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! Let’s all get involved in this years NAIDOC week celebrations. Turn up and support some of your local events within your communities.

Please check out some other NAIDOC events around on offer in your region. Below are some examples:

To find your local event you can also check out the NAIDOC website on https://www.naidoc.org.au/local-events/local-naidoc-week-events

Another option is to check your local city council sites for NAIDOC events within your local area. We have some examples below within our region:


Solidarity Series Podcast Episode 2: Now Available

Solidarity Series Podcast Episode 2: Now Available

Our second episode of the Solidarity Series podcast series is now available on our website. In this episode you will hear from Karyn Walsh, CEO from Micah projects talking about her experiences, leadership and the importance of integrated work across the sector for the people we work with.  Listen now here: https://workupqld.org.au/solidarity-safety-justice-wellbeing/  


Copies of presentations from Symposium 2 now available

Copies of presentations from Symposium 2 now available 

The second symposium was a wonderful success. The room was buzzing with conversation and ideas as people came together face to face for the first time in a long time. The presentations were engaging, inspiring and challenging, prompting a lot of discussion amongst panelists and participants alike. Now available on the WorkUP website are some of the presentations from day. Check those out here: https://workupqld.org.au/solidarity-safety-justice-wellbeing/

Soon we will have recordings of the presentations available for you to view, so keep an eye out for updates.  


Scholarship Round 4 is now closed

Scholarship Round 4 is now closed

Round 4 of the WorkUP Queensland Scholarship Program is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an application. We will be in touch soon with an outcome. 

WorkUP will conduct another round later in 2022. Sign up below to receive updates from WorkUP, including information about scholarships.  


Speakers announced for Solidarity Symposium 2!

Speakers announced for Solidarity Symposium 2!

Symposium 2: Justice will focus on the complexity of the justice system. Joining us, face to face in Caboolture on June 8 will be Aimee McVeigh, (CEO, QCOSS), Susan Beattie (Manager of the Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Unit, Coroners Court Qld) and Tracy Linford (QPS). Find out more about our speakers and the series here: https://workupqld.org.au/solidarity-safety-justice-wellbeing/

Joining us again will also be broadcaster, Karina Hogan who’s lived experience as survivor of domestic violence and as an Aboriginal women will help us ground the discussion. More speaker announcements to come soon. If you would like to attend the event and are a member of our target group, you can apply for assistance to travel to the event via the registration page.


Professor Sandra Creamer to join speakers at the first symposium of the Solidarity: Safety, Justice, Wellbeing Series

Professor Sandra Creamer to join speakers at the first symposium of the Solidarity: Safety, Justice, Wellbeing Series

Professor Creamer, Wannyi/Kalkadoon women and CEO of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance will be participating in our first symposium. Sandra has worked with Indigenous women in Australia and globally, and believes it is important to empower Indigenous women for self-determination, equality of their rights, and understanding how they can challenge issues that affect their communities and work with them to find solutions.   

Professor Creamer will be sharing her experience and wisdom with a case study that will demonstrate the power and impact of community led collaborative change. Register now to join Sandra and the other fantastic speakers we have lined up for this event, the first in our 2022 series.