Recently, our federal, state and territory governments launched a comprehensive, nationwide plan to reduce violence against women and their children – a huge win in our campaign to eliminate violence against women.

But this landmark agreement could not have come about from the work of one person alone. It’s through the work of more than 100,000 of Amnesty International Australia supporters like you that has led to this momentous occasion.

Here's how you made it happen:

In 2005, we began putting pressure on our leaders to develop a national plan to reduce the alarmingly high rates of gender-based violence in Australia.

In 2008, 30,000 supporters like you signed a petition calling on the Federal Government to make good on its election promise to release a national plan. Claire Mallinson, National Director of Amnesty International Australia, hand delivered the signatures to Tanya Plibersek, then Minister for Housing and the Status of Women.

Then on 18 February this year, we heard the news we’d been waiting for: an integrated National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children had been agreed upon by territory, state and federal Governments.

This marks a huge success in our work to end violence against women, and we couldn’t have done it without your tireless efforts.

Send your thanks

Now that our politicians have responded to our calls, it’s important to acknowledge their actions.

If you've got a moment, you can leave a message of thanks using the comment feature below. We'll deliver your message directly to the former and current federal ministers for the Status of Women, Tanya Plibersek and Kate Ellis.