Welcome to the latest edition of the AWAVA Weekly Round-Up. This week, in the lead up to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women as well as the 16 Days of Activism on Gender-Based Violence, people around the country, including Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women Michaelia Cash and former AFL player Luke Ablett, have been speaking out about the need to change our behaviours and attitudes if we want to prevent and eliminate men’s violence against women. The links below highlight concrete strategies and initiatives being put in place by activists and organisations across the world to prevent gender-based violence and to promote gender equality.
Around the Country
- The collective leadership of Australia and New Zealand’s Police Commissioners held a breakfast at Parliament house on 24 November on the theme, ‘Standing together to tackle violence against women and children’
- The Commonwealth Government has committed $1 million over three years to be used by the sporting community to reduce violence against women and children
- Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick has spoken to male business leaders who support gender equality to take substantive action to address rates of violence against women
- In Melbourne, calls to the Family Violence Response Centre from people experiencing family violence have risen by 86% over the past 2 years