This week, AWAVA has been following reports on sexism. We have been following reports on why a focus on women politicians’ appearance fuels sexism; why women’s looks still count and how “”praising women’s looks is not necessarily a compliment but a reminder that they are not quite on the same level as men, whose worth is measured primarily by what they do””; and how gender inequality manifests itself in a myriad of ways: “”think of the sexist jokes passed off as humour, the rape apology sites on Facebook, the disparate numbers of men in positions of power“”.
Around The Nation
- In this article, Cathy Humphries says we should be as shocked by domestic violence as we are at violence on our streets
- The Age reports that women are at risk when attending court.
- And as funding cuts are made to the Family Court system, many women will be forced to represent themselves against their perpetrators
- The Age also says that increased Family and Domestic Violence reporting is an indication of changing community attitudes
- In Turkey, a digital monument dedicated to women killed by male violence highlights the extent of violence against women in that country
- This article from the UK reports on family violence and rape prosecutions
- In the UK, a television show takes on female genital mutilation/cutting
Research, Resources and Reports
The final report from the NSW Parliament on The partial defence of provocation is now available for download here
ABC is preparing an online tool for use in the election, and as part of the development they want to know which issues matter to Australians in this election. Complete this survey and nominate violence against women