/ 07 September 2021

Towards making women safe

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A 2-day National Women’s Safety Summit kicked off yesterday, bringing together (virtually, of course…) government leaders and officials, experts, advocates, and survivors to consult on the way forward for ending violence against women across Oz. The summit was put together in the wake of former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins going public with the allegation that she was raped in Parliament House. Yesterday, PM Morrison said there is a culture in Oz that excuses, justifies and ignores gender inequality which drives violence against women. “We need to change behaviours and attitudes so that we stop violence before it starts,” he said. Neither Higgins nor Aussie of the Year Grace Tame was impressed by his take… With the current national plan running its course in June 2022, survivors and advocates are calling for more financial support and a target of reducing violence against women by 80% by 2031.

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