awava white ribbon breakfast

(AWAVA members with the Hon. Prime Minister and Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash at the White Ribbon Breakfast, 19 November)

Today, 25 November, is the International day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. 25 November has been marked by women’s and anti-violence activists as a day focused on the elimination of violence since 1981. 25 November also starts 16 Days of Activism on ending violence against women and girls. AWAVA is delighted to receive a message from Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women on this important day. The Minister reminds us that “violence and sexual assault against women is totally unacceptable. Sadly, statistics tell us that one in three Australian women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15, and almost one in five have experienced sexual violence. The Coalition Government understands that in order to prevent violence against women and their children, attitudes around gender equality and violence need to change”. AWAVA Thanks the Minister for her vision, leadership, and commitment to responding to and preventing violence against women and their children. Finally, AWAVA Chair, Julie Oberin writes that today is an opportunity to celebrate how far we have come, to acknowledge what else needs to be done, and to renew our efforts and reaffirm our commitment.

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  • Natasha Stott Despoja AM, Chair of  Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children and Ken Lay, Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, will be speaking at the National Press Club of Australia on November 26th. More information and registration details can be found here


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