Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Australian Government must act to end violence against women.

In Australia, at least 40% of women will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.

Amnesty International is currently urging the federal government to act to end violence against women within Australia. The release of the proposed National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children is a step in the right direction. However, without implementation throughout all states and territories the plan will do little to reduce these shocking numbers.

Amnesty is calling upon the federal government to develop a plan which addresses all forms of violence against women, including forced prostitution, trafficking and sexual harassment.

Despite its shortcomings the National Plan does involve all governments, at all levels and across a range of portfolios – an approach which Amnesty welcomes. The plan also includes measurable targets and regular periods of review.

We must all continue to urge governments in Australia and overseas to stop all forms of violence against women. To take action visit - http://www.amnesty.org.au/svaw/comments/23416/?utm_medium=website&utm_source=carousel&utm_content=readmore

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