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WOMEN—`RECLAIM THE NIGHT'—VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Senator Hanson-Young, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 244—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) Friday, 31 October 2008 marks the 30th anniversary of the annual `Reclaim the Night' day of action in Australia,

  (ii) this day of action was established to highlight every woman's basic human right to live in freedom from discrimination and fear of violence, and

  (iii) more than two-thirds of women experience some form of physical or sexual violence in their lives;


 (b) recognises that:

  (i) Reclaim the Night represents a symbol of unity as well as an affirmation and celebration of women's strength, and has international, multi-partisan political support, and

  (ii) these marches are an extremely powerful means by which women can raise the issue of sexual assault and sexual violence; and

 (c) calls on the Rudd Government, as part of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, to work constructively to further develop and support national anti-violence public awareness and education campaigns as part of Australia's commitment as a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

Question put and passed.