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Motion: Violence Against Women

Lee Rhiannon 7 Feb 2013

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:04): I, and also on behalf of Senator Moore, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) with deep concern that throughout the world and in Australia, one in three women will experience violence such as beating, rape or assault in their lifetime,

(ii) that violence against women affects the human rights of over one half of the world's population,

(iii) the World Bank estimates that gender based violence is as serious a cause of death and incapacity among women of reproductive age as cancer and a greater cause of ill health than traffic accidents and malaria combined,

(iv) the Australian government's National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 - 2022 has delivered a strong focus on primary prevention and attitudinal change in order to prevent violence against women, including investment of over $30 million in programs that target different groups within the community to influence attitudes and behaviours in order to prevent violence against women,

(v) the government has created a 1800RESPECT national telephone and online professional counselling service for victims of domestic, family and sexual violence and for their family, friends and people working with them, and

(vi) that 14 February 2013 is the 15th anniversary of V Day, a peaceful global event by One Billion Rising protesting violence against women;

(b) condemns all forms of violence against women; and

(c) encourages organisations and individuals to mark the 15th anniversary of V Day on 14 February 2013 by calling for an end to violence against women with suitable events such as flashmob dancing, or other peaceful means.

Question agreed to.

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