March 1st marked the start ofEndometriosis Awareness Raising monthand for the first time in the 20+ years that I have been diagnosed with this disease, I finally came to fully understand my illness and realize I was not alone. For those who may be asking, “Endo-what?” because although this is a disease that afflicts 1 in 10 girls, women and trans men worldwide, Endometriosis is a largely “invisible” disease since it is internal and felt, rather than external and seen. Endometriosis is a chronic and painful disease that affects our hormones, our immune system, and the digestive tract. It occurs when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus, or endometrium, migrates outside of the womb, and results in inflammation, as th...
This commentary of a number of NGOs  working on gender-based violence is prepared as a
follow up to the Commentary presented on 5 February, 2019 at the first sitting of the Senate on
the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill of 2019, which seeks to establish a National Sexual
With past amendments to sexual offences legislation, key reforms were achieved – removal of
corroboration warning; restrictions on examination of the sexual history of the complainant;
criminalization of rape within marriage; mandatory reporting of suspected sexual offences
against children; and the establishment of a sexual offence register. Yet these improvements do
not seem to have translated sufficiently into a well-fun...