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

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.

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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,

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Women lose out in Coalition move against work equity legislation

The Coalition’s attempt to water down measures designed to improve women’s equity at work, by seeking to amend the government’s Equality Opportunity for Women at Work bill, is a worrying omen of things to come for women under an Abbott government, says Greens spokesperson for women Senator Lee Rhiannon (“Flexibility at work is new norm under equality laws,” SMH p 7 today :

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RU486 decision a step forward for affordable, accessible abortion

Lee Rhiannon 30 Aug 2012

Greens Senator and spokesperson for women Lee Rhiannon has congratulated Marie Stopes International for achieving a breakthrough in availability for the 'abortion drug' RU486, following news that the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) today approved an application to import the drug into Australia.

"This decision will break down barriers women face to accessing RU486, especially women on low-incomes and those living in regional areas," said Senator Rhiannon.

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