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UNSW Women's Wellbeing Academy 2021 Wrap Up
I am pleased to introduce the Women’s Wellbeing Academy (WWBA) end of year newsletter for 2021. The WWBA champions the UNSW mission to improve lives around the world and this newsletter is an inspiring showcase of the Academy’s achievements, especially given the unique global challenges that have characterised its first two years. Since WWBA was established in December 2019, the wellbeing of women has been impacted disproportionately by the pandemic, an outcome that highlights the crucial purpose of the Academy.

Through the deep multidisciplinary expertise and cross-Faculty collaboration that inspired its creation, WWBA and its members provide the thought leadership, translational research and policy advocacy to advance the wellbeing of women locally and globally. Our University and the Academy recognise that the wellbeing of women is holistic, encompassing physical, psychological, social and economic health, as well as equity and social justice. UNSW and WWBA’s joint commitment to UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5), ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’, underpins the Academy’s work. We see advancing SDG 5 as an essential enabler for achieving the accompanying 16 goals. Wellbeing is critical to every woman’s dignity and identity, and a core element of a healthy, functioning society. The wellbeing of women is a responsibility we all share, and I am pleased that is reflected in the gender diversity among the people involved with the Academy.

Congratulations to the Steering Committee and to all who have contributed to the accomplishments featured in this newsletter. The seed funding provided by UNSW was important in establish the Academy and it was a privilege to assist in the initial set up. I look forward to following further progress as WWBA pursues its transformative vision.

Professor Ian Jacobs
President and Vice-Chancellor at UNSW

As co- and inaugural convenors of WWBA we’re enormously grateful to Professor Ian Jacobs for initiating and providing seed funding for the academy and supporting its development. We, with the Vice Chancellor, are excited by the superb work on women’s well-being that we see across UNSW. We are proud of the achievements of our students and staff in areas of work that are relevant to the Well-being of Women. Some examples are the prevention of gender based violence, support for women refugees, research into women’s health, treatment of Indigenous women within the criminal justice systems, working with women with disability and designing the built environment to benefit women and many more.

We thank members of the Steering Committee and our part-time project Managers, previously Lily Halliday and now Georgia-Rae Cobon, for outstanding creative and innovative work. This 2021 wrap up newsletter is packed full of the marvellous events and projects WWBA has supported and initiated. We draw your attention especially to the 3Cs program which has been so generously supported by a gift from Emeritus Professor Richard Henry. We also highlight the WWBA Vision and Strategy and our (still evolving) webpage and look forward to a collaborative and rewarding 2022.

2022 will feature the second WWBA Showcase inviting existing and new members to share their fantastic work with a view to strengthening partnerships and opportunities within WWBA networks. The WWBA hopes to invite members to join in person where possible and looks forward to strengthening and extending the WWBA members' rich and supportive networks and knowledge even further than before.
 
Professor Eileen Baldry & Professor William Ledger on behalf of the WWBA Steering Committee
 

Highlights from 2021
Reflecting on 2021 and Looking Towards 2022 
2021 proved to be a challenging year however the WWBA is proud that it was able to continue its work and adapt to the challenges faced. The WWBA strengthened partnerships with members and continued to share a rich repository of knowledge on women's wellbeing at UNSW as well as externally.

Some highlights from the year are detailed below, including the success of the Career Coaching for Carers (3C) project, participation in Diversity Fest 2021 as well as updates from previous small grants recipients and their positive contributions to women's wellbeing.

2022 will see the WWBA resume normal activity with a move towards more face to face events where possible. The WWBA will be launching its Vision statement incorporating members input and hosting a Showcase of members and their upcoming work so watch this space!
SilkRoads@UNSW and WWBA Partner for Diversity Fest 2021
The WWBA was pleased to partner with SilkRoads@UNSW for Diversity Fest 2021 and to support a wonderful event to launch the exhibition 'Peoples and Landscapes in Motion: From Silk Roads to Australia'. The WWBA first supported SilkRoads@UNSW through the small grants program in 2020.

As part of the virtual launch of the exhibition, the event enabled participants to meet the artists and enjoy the performances of two prominent musicians - Iranian Australia singer and Kamancheh player Gelareh Pour and Uyghur Australian Muqam performer and multi-instrumentalist Shohrat Tursun. It was a wonderful showcase of music, culture and photography and was thoroughly joined by a diverse audience.

Presenting the artworks of four eminent Australian artists Barat Ali BatoorHoda AfsharJohn Gollings and Muzafar Ali, the exhibition showcases the diversity of humanity and geography along the ancient Silk Roads from Iran, Afghanistan and the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China. It is an intimate depiction of memories of home and land, trauma and resilience, longing and belonging, and arresting documentation of the cultural and spiritual landscapes that have helped shape the enduring history of these communities. 

View the exhibition Read more
 
Career Coaching for Carers (3C) Finds Funding
With the generous support of Emeritus Professor Richard Henry AM FRSN and Rachel Henry the 3C project is now in design phase and will be rolling out in 2022. 
 
Career Coaching for Carers (3C) will support female staff with carer responsibilities at UNSW Sydney to develop their academic careers and address the disadvantage many have suffered due to COVID 19. The primary aim is to provide actionable guidance for participants, effecting real change in their careers through facilitated workshops. Despite the well-evidenced need for such support to address gendered inequalities in academia, no such scheme currently exists at UNSW.

Throughout 2021 the WWBA partnered with the Career Coaching for Carers (3C) project and supported them to secure seed funding which will enable the project to launch next year. 

Credit for image: Care is a Relationship not a Role, 2021
cotton fabric (donated and recycled)
 
This banner was made as part of a project with the 'Stitch it For Dementia Carer Craftivist' collective. It was constructed by artist and facilitator, Michele Elliot. The words were devised by the group during workshops that were initiated by the Knowledge Translation platform of the Sydney Partnership for Health Education Research and Enterprise (SPHERE), with support from the Centre for Carers Research at UTS, the Black Dog Institute, and Dementia Reframed.
Women’s Leadership Knowledge Hub Launch

The PLuS alliance has launched the Women’s Leadership Knowledge Huba space to access information, resources & research, inspiration and ideas for organisational change. Seeded by the work at the PLuS Alliance universities (Arizona State University, King's College London and UNSW Sydney), and connecting external research and resources, the Hub is a source for evidence-based materials to support gender equity leadership. 

The Hub also collates the women's leadership initiatives at UNSW Sydney that are available to staff and students. Explore the initiatives available to you by clicking through to the Hub.

Follow TWLP on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TWLP2030 / @TWLP2030 
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/twlp2030  
 

The Women's Leadership and Knowledge Hub Read more

Endometriosis Research Launched

Associate Professor Caroline Ford and team have launched their research paper into endometriosis. The research looked at whether total cell-free DNA levels were higher in people with endometriosis. Caroline and her team were awarded a WWBA small grant to further their research into cell-free DNA and the detection of endometriosis. The WWBA are pleased to see the launch of further research from the team.

Find the Research Here Read more

WWBA Members: Climate in Focus
Worlding with Oysters
The WWBA was proud to support Dr Sarah Jane Moore's project 'Worlding with Oysters' through a small grant in 2020.

'Worlding With Oysters' is the result of Dr Moore observing and interpreting the research of Wiradjuri scientist Dr Laura Parker, Indigenous Scientia Fellow in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. Dr Parker aims to ‘future-proof’ natural oyster populations through building resilience to ocean warming and acidification.

We are so pleased to hear that since then, Dr Parker's research has received significant funding, enabling them to continue, in Dr Moore's words,  'creating a world that values, cares for and honours the most simple of organisms'. It is a timely reminder, as the world has turned its attention to climate talks at COP26, to pause and recognise the complexity and importance of even the smallest aspects of our environment.

Dr Moore has recently published 'River Business', a children's book that brings focus to an unlikely but beautiful friendship between two night-time creatures and shows all children the power of kindness and friendship. Recently she has also worked with Aboriginal children, on Country (theirs) encouraging their writing, the Aboriginal voice and Indigenous excellence. 
Find out more here Register here

Dr Negin Nazarian: at the Intersection of Climate and Built Environment
WWBA member Dr Negin Nazarian is a UNSW Gender Equity Co-Champion as well as a Scientia Senior Lecturer at UNSW Built Environment, Associate Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, and CFRC fellow at the City Futures Research Centre
 
Negin is an urban climatologist, evaluating the interaction between built environments and climate and quantifying the ensuing effects on the health and wellbeing of urban residents. She leads the Climate-Resilient Cities (CRC) research lab, a multidisciplinary group focused on pressing challenges of climate in our cities. The CRC lab has been pioneering the use of various novel IoT technologies and data sources (such as smartwatches and citizen weather stations) to better quantify and address the impacts of heat and air quality and further quantify the gaps in mitigation strategies. 

Negin is featured in the CFRC Seminar Series in November, detailing the emergence of Urban Climate Informatics where novel data analytics and digital infrastructure are used for addressing urban climate challenges.
 
Find out more here Submit an EOI
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Thanks for reading the 2021 Wrap Up edition of the WWBA newsletter. We’d love to hear your comments and suggestions. Do you have an idea for a feature in the next WWBA newsletter? Feel free to get in touch!

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