CHAIRS: Mira Bouchmouny, Emma Eriksen. Speaking List Taker: Lydia
MOTION: That resolutions proposed by autonomous caucus are heard and accepted in block without discussion to respect the autonomy of the caucuses as the voices of marginalised groups.
Moved: Emma Eriksen Seconded: Amy Jenkins
RESOLUTIONS FOR NOWSA 2013
Resolutions from ATSI Caucus
RESOLUTION: That ATSI 2012 Caucus directs NOWSA 2013 organisers to prioritise the subsidising of ATSI women attending NOWSA.
RESOLUTION: That NOWSA 2013 run a workshop or facilitated discussion (a more intimate arrangement than a speaker) exposing aboriginal cultures from the region to interested attendees. It will be run by a person of Indigenous, Maori or Torres Strait Islander heritage. Also, that a there is a discussion on the differences and similarities between our (Indigenous, Maori or Torres Strait Islander) culture and Australian culture, as a way of exposing NOWSA attendees to the differences in culture, rather than the campaigns involving Indigenous, Maori and Torres Strait Islander peoples. ATSI 2012 Caucus recommends that this is achieved by the NOWSA 2013 organising team consulting with local Indigenous departments.
Resolutions from WoC/CALD Caucus
Resolutions from Disabilities Caucus
RESOLUTION: NOWSA 2012 was satisfied with and favours the continuation of a ‘quiet-no-questions’ room and a ‘chillout zone’ (separate spaces).
RESOLUTION: That the 2012 NOWSA (dis)abilities caucus recommends an anonymous suggestion box as an alternative to formal grievance.
RESOLUTION: That the 2012 NOWSA (dis)abilities caucus trigger warnings should be specific to themes and progressive throughout the sessions. That there should always be a break between sessions, and always phrased using non-stigmatising language (e.g. ‘would everyone like to go to the bathroom’ rather than ‘if you feel uncomfortable…’).
RESOLUTION: That in order to ensure speakers are aware of the concept of triggers, a checklist of potential triggers be disseminated to speakers beforehand to encourage awareness amongst speakers themselves. This will result in a more comprehensive trigger warning covering more specific issues (i.e. rape culture, drug abuse, rather than ‘sexualisation’) These trigger warnings should also be available across all NOWSA media beforehand as well (including online and printed information). Trigger warnings apply not only to images but to verbal descriptions and text.
RESOLUTION: That there is at least two who are trained in mental health first aid (more than just a listening post) and that these Mental Health First Aid Officers be publicized to delegates from the beginning of the conference.
RESOLUTION: That there should be clear explanation as to the purpose and definition of (dis)ability caucus, including reference to those who are questioning of their status and of mental health and invisible (dis)abilities, and a clearer definition of the function of pro-caucus. Note: The use of ‘(dis)ability’ is to imply a recognition of the social construction of (dis)ability.
RESOLUTION: That information about local resources (e.g. doctors, rape crisis, counselling etc.) be disseminated on the website and in the showbags beforehand to assist those attending conference from interstate. Resolutions from Queer and SGD Caucus
RESOLUTION: That NOWSA 2013 (and future conferences) operates on the basis that this is a caucus for delegates who identify as queer, lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, intersex, a-sexual, pan-sexual, poly, sex & gender diverse, questioning, those who experience queer-related oppression (for instance children of queer parents) and other queer and alternative orientation and gender identities.
RESOLUTION: The Network of Women’s Students Australia conference is for people who identify as and/or experience oppression as women.
RESOLUTION: Within the conference of NOWSA there exists a multitude of experience and of feeling. NOWSA recognises this difference and promotes a ‘Safer Spaces’ policy that seeks to ensure that every effort is made to ensure that there is sufficient opportunity for choice in workshops. In this vein it is important that the consent of participants is sought before changes are made to workshops that may undermine this choice.
a) That NOWSA recognises the diversity of experience within conference
b) That NOWSA recognises that not every participant would be comfortable with all speakers and workshops that are undertaken at the conference
c) That NOWSA takes these feelings into account in the event that workshops are run merged after the beginning of the sessions
d) That NOWSA recognises that proper process of active consent must be pursued before any changes are made to the content of workshops
1) NOWSA 2012 directs that where workshop presenters wish to merge their workshops or change the content significantly, they must move rooms and give a fresh trigger warning, in order to provide an appropriate opportunity for people to leave. During this process of change, a break ought to be allotted.
2) The NOWSA2013 Organising committee must make clear to workshop presenters that this is the procedure.
3) NOWSA 2012 believes that unless this is done there is an undermining of the safer spaces policy
Mover: Rebecca Doyle Seconder: Sally Cotton
MOTION: That the Network of Women Students Australia develop a paid-for WordPress site to officially represent the Network outside of Facebook. The cost and responsibility of the site would be passed over to the hosting collective of each year, to begin with the ANU Women’s Collective. The login information must be transferred to the new organising collective immediately after the successful bid. The new collective must change the password for security reasons.
Mover: Renee Jones Seconder: Belinda O’Connor Abstention: Shyneth Paton MOTION PASSED
MOTION: That issues which affect caucuses in particular, for example the conduct and procedure of caucus and pro-caucus, be a matter left to the individual caucuses, and that these issues are not voted on by conference floor.
Mover: Trisha Jha Seconder: Jacinta Lo Nigro Abstentions: Amy Jenkins, Shyneth Paton
MOTION: That the Network of Women Students Australia call for a National Day of Action and campaign on Reproductive Rights in Australia. The decision of a date, name, slogan and campaign colours are to be decided, by a conference session on digital media(s), which will be advertised through the current NOWSA Facebook group as well as other forms of NOWSA media.
Mover: Renee Jones Seconder: Lydia Motion
MOTION: the future NOWSA organisers put into tangible action, dedication to, and solidarity with, Indigenous rights by:
a) Always seek engagement with local elders for Welcome to Country or whatever is deemed appropriate by the elders
b) Having a local resources list included in the booklets/readers facilitating the conference attendees to connect with local Indigenous resources and communities external to the conference pertaining to local campaigns/issues and more in this spirit. Following this engagement, a local resource list is developed to facilitate the conference attendees’
Mover: Caitlin Seconder: Shyneth
MOTION: That NOWSA 2012 affirms that the NOWSA conference and the network itself is an independent organisation
Mover: Renee Jones Seconder: Emma Eriksen