Date: 
Tuesday 24 November 2015

On White Ribbon Day, the Australian Human Rights Commission calls on all Australians to commit to ending violence against women and children.

Commission President Professor Gillian Triggs said the national campaign is an important reminder of the need to eliminate violence against women.

“Violence against women is a horrible violation of human rights and an unacceptable societal issue that needs to be addressed,” Professor Triggs said.

“In Australia, it is estimated that at least one woman is killed by her current or former partner every week, often after a history of domestic and family violence. It is also estimated that 17% of women have experienced violence from a current or former partner since the age of 18.”

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda, and the Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Soutphommasane, are ambassadors of the White Ribbon Day campaign.

Commissioner Gooda said the campaign was about men standing up against gender violence and supporting their mates to do the same.

“I encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to get behind the campaign, and call on respected male community members to provide leadership in this area,” Commissioner Gooda said.

“We need to change the attitudes of young boys and men within our communities and encourage respectful and safe relationships.”

Commissioner Soutphommasane said violence against women and children affects all communities across Australia, regardless of race or ethnic origin.

“We need an ongoing, concerted effort to ensure that all women and children are safe from violence," Commissioner Soutphommasane said.

Commissioner Soutphommasane said freedom from violence is a fundamental human right for all women and children.

“We need to do more as a society to educate men about the devastating impacts of violence against women and the stark realities of gender inequality in our society,” he said.

Visit the White Ribbon Day website for more information.

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