AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL "EMERGENCY" MOVEMENT TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN & CHILDREN
Women's Ambassador Natasha Stott Despoja
says there is a real momentum in the community to end violence against women
and children. Source: News Corp
By WENDY TUOHY - Herald Sun - September 5, 2014
The new organisation, to be launched today, is headed by Natasha Stott Despoja and will offer national leadership in the fight to reduce what Ms Stott Despoja has labelled the “national emergency” of violence against women.
“One woman is killed almost every week by
a current or former partner in
“There is a real momentum in the community.
“Australians are sick and tired of the violence against women and children, and we are calling on all Australians to speak out and take action to prevent it.”
A community education campaign and evidence-based prevention programs are among strategies to help stop family violence.
Forty per cent of Australian women over the age of 15 have experienced violence.
Sir Peter Cosgrove will be chief patron of the group, Dame Quentin Bryce is patron and ambassadors include Army chief Lieutenant-General David Morrison, Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick, comedian Charlie Pickering, actor-director Damian Walshe-Howling and journalist and disability advocate Stella Young.
Victoria Police chief Ken Lay is a supporter of the group.
Ms Stott Despoja said it was vital men and women worked together to tackle the issue.
“We can only solve this issue when men and women from different backgrounds work together,” she said.
“Violence against women is a part of all