Stark reminders this week that there is a way to go to change victim-blaming attitudes for violence against women offences, and still a need to challenge mainstream media reporting and broadcasting of violence against women, both at home and internationally. Greater focus on perpetrator behaviour is needed, with a recognition that it’s everyone’s responsibility to end this violence.
News from CSW
The Agreed Conclusions from CSW57 recognise the important role that the media can play by including the clause “…encourage the media to improve public awareness on violence against women and girls, to train those who work in the media…”
- Read more about the international agreements in the advanced unedited version of the Agreed Conclusions
- Minister Julie Collins’s media release underpins the importance of the Agreed Conclusions: Historic international agreement on preventing violence against women and girls
- For more reading on the outcomes of CSW: CSW57 – Signed, Adopted, and Delivered; UN Commission on the Status of Women unmasks equality’s enemies; Ending Violence Against Women — Now the Real Work Starts
AWAVA will post more on the CSW57 outcomes, including a handy lobbying guide, in the next few weeks, keep an eye on the website.
Around the Nation
- The Age reports on the scrapping of changes to anti-discrimination laws. Read AWAVA’s response to the announcement here and disappointment at the missed opportunity to provide much-need protection to domestic violence survivors and victims. AWAVA joined 96 organisations, including many AWAVA member organisations and supporters calling on the Government to pass the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill by June 2013
- In an interview with a survivor of sexual abuse, John Laws asks the victim “was it your fault?“ – triggering a storm of complaints and tweets.