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24    Women—Violence Against Women

Senator Moore, also on behalf of the Minister for Women (Senator Cash) and Senators Lines and Waters, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 959—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that 25 November 2015:

                  (i)   is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which is also White Ribbon Day, and

                 (ii)   marks the start of the United Nations 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world, leading to 10 December 2015, Human Rights Day;

    (b)   recognises that the White Ribbon campaign is a national male-led campaign to end men’s violence against women, and is now active in over 60 countries around the world;

     (c)   acknowledges that:

                  (i)   one in three women in Australia have been physically attacked in their lifetimes, and these attacks are most likely to have been in the women’s own home,

                 (ii)   across the world, violence against women and girls remains one of the most serious and the most tolerated human rights violations, both a cause and a consequence of gender inequality and discrimination,

                (iii)   prevention strategies have a proven effect on levels of violence, and if we engage the whole community in prevention and give them skills for respectful relationships we will reduce the costs associated with violence, and

                (iv)   social policy initiatives and law reform addressing gender inequality are central to reducing attitudes that support violence against women; and

    (d)   reinforces the need for cross-party support at all levels of government in the response to end the scourge of family violence.

Question put and passed.