UNITE! Activism to End Violence against Women and Girls

The Australian Embassy is proud to be taking part in a number of activities during this year’s ‘16 days of activism’ to support the elimination of gender based violence. We are focussed on raising awareness and engaging with the government, the media and the community to learn from each others’ experiences in tackling this important issue.

Gender based violence rates are shockingly high in all countries across the globe — it is a truly global social pandemic and no one is winning the battle to overcome it.

For example, in Australia, approximately one in four women will experience violence by an intimate partner, compared to one in 13 men. On average one woman is murdered every week in Australia. This is one woman too many. As devastating as the current crisis is, the positive news is that we can all play a role in solving it.

Ending gender based violence starts with listening to women, treating women with respect and ending discrimination. Because it is stereotypes and sexist attitudes that fuel violent acts against women and girls — indeed, acts of discrimination and misogyny are forms of violence themselves. We can all commit to these simple steps — listening, respecting and calling out inequality — and each makes a difference.

I hope you will join us to listen, learn from each other, and unite to say no to GBV in our homes, schools, workplaces and communities.

H.E. Aliya Mawani
Ambassador of Canada

H.E. Belinda Lewis
British Ambassador to Kuwait

Mazen AboulHosn
Chief of Mission, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Gediminas Varanavicius
EU Chargé d’Affaires a.i.

H.E. Haja Ishata Thomas
Ambassador of Sierra Leone

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