Centre for Non-Violence goes orange to stop gender violence
The Centre for Non-Violence is again taking part in the 16 days of Activism Against Gender Violence using social media to share key messages and represent diversity within our community.
The campaign commenced on the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against women, on Saturday 25 November and continues until Human Rights day, December 10.
In 2017 in Australia, women are still overrepresented in prevalence and statistics of physical and sexual violence, most often in their own homes at the hands of their current or former partner. Currently on average, one to two women a week are killed by a partner or former partner in Australia. One in three Australian women has experienced physical violence, since the age of 15 and one in five Australian women has experienced sexual violence. One in four Australian women has experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner. Of those women who experience violence, more than half have children in their care.
Gender inequity remains a key driver for all forms of violence against women and to prevent it we must all take essential actions. We also need to consider the structural inequalities that all women face, with unequal rates of pay and a large pay gap between men and women, increased risk of homelessness for women as a result of family violence and family breakdown and as the predominant carers for children, parents and family. Women’s representation on boards has increased in Australia, but women remain underrepresented in political life and leadership positions.
The Royal Commission into family violence says if we are to create inclusion, we need to address gender inequality and consider the needs of women and groups who experience increased marginalisation and structural inequality. This includes aboriginal and indigenous women who experience higher rates of violence than any other group, women with disabilities, LGBTIQ people and culturally and linguistically diverse women, who experience barriers to seeking support and services that are safe inclusive.
Being a woman remains the biggest risk factor in our community for experiencing violence, but intersectionalities as spoken about above compound women’s experiences and increase women’s risk. This sense of difference, diversity and increased isolation can reduce the ability of individual and groups of women ability and confidence to seek supports and services.
To create inclusive communities, we need to ensure equality for all, by recognising and celebrating diversity and difference and creating safety. We know that challenging rigid general stereotypes, attitudes and beliefs, challenging cultures that support male dominance and aggression and promoting women’s leadership and independence will benefit the whole community.
Working with diverse groups to ask what it is we need to do to provide inclusive, welcoming and safe communities is essential to breaking down barriers.
Be part of the movement by sharing your experience as part of the 16 days campaign, by participating in our social media campaigns on Facebook @CentreforNonViolence and Twitter @CentNonViolence and/or providing key messages to represent diversity and inclusion. You can also like and share our posts and get involved in the Victoria Against Violence Campaign