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16 days of activism against gender-based violence



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THE HON ANTHONY ALBANESE MP

LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER

THE HON LINDA BURNEY MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES AND SOCIAL SERVICES

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA

MEMBER FOR BARTON

THE HON JULIE COLLINS MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGEING AND SENIORS

SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN

MEMBER FOR FRANKLIN

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

Today, we begin 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, with the International

Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and culminating on 10 December with

Human Rights Day.

But the responsibility and effort to end violence against women never ceases - and rests with

all of us.

While domestic and family violence affects everyone, we know that women are

disproportionately impacted.

Violence and abuse against women exists in many forms including physical, emotional,

financial. And the sharing of non-consensual intimate images is becoming more prevalent.

This is a national scourge, a national crisis and a national shame - the status quo is

unacceptable.

Preventing violence against women requires fundamental cultural and attitudinal change

through awareness and education of both young and old.

Government and business; communities and individuals - everyone has a role to play - and

men are an integral part of the solution.

The Government can and must make it easier for women to escape violent and abusive

relationships.

It can improve access to the social security system.

It can provide more safe places for women and their children to stay.

It can ensure our national employment standards provide the flexibility and support for women

to leave violent relationships, including a commitment to paid domestic violence leave.

It is encouraging to note that last week’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency scorecard

showed more employers were enacting policies and strategies on family and domestic

violence.

Everyone in the community has a role to play in the prevention of family violence - this is

everyone’s business.

MONDAY, 25 NOVEMBER 2019

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