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V-Day raises hope of ending violence against women: Greens and Labor joint motion

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Lee Rhiannon 14 Feb 2013

In the lead up to V-Day today - a peaceful global event by One Billion Rising protesting violence against women – the Greens and Labor condemned all forms of violence against women in a joint motion that passed the Senate last week (text below).

“One in three women will experience violence such as beating, rape or assault in their lifetime,” said Australian Greens spokesperson for women Lee Rhiannon.

“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.

“V-Day aims to raise awareness of the need to act to eliminate this blight on women’s lives across the globe.

“Measures to reduce violence against women are critical to a healthy society” Senator Rhiannon said.

MOTION - Violence against Women – passed Senate 7 February 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) theWorld 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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