Welcome to the latest edition of the AWAVA Weekly Round-Up. This week, the number of women who have lost their lives to violence has increased to 47. This highlights the urgent need for action to address ever increasing levels of violence against women. AWAVA is pleased that further steps are being taken to ensure women’s right to safety and security is upheld. This week the Senator Michaelia Cash, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women and Robert French AC, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, opened the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity’s first national roundtable. The roundtable will help establish a framework for judges and legal practitioners to deal with matters in a culturally sensitive manner, ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds feel safe in their dealings with the justice system. We are looking forward to further developments in this space!


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