In 2021, brave women brought the issue of violence against women to the national agenda. They raised their voices about violence in Parliament, in universities, workplaces, and at home.
Tens of thousands took to the streets to support these women at the March4Justice, calling on governments to take action so that women and girls can live free from violence.
On 6 and 7 September, at the National Summit on Women’s Safety, governments can take that action.
At the Summit, State and Federal governments will consult on the next National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and Children.
Key organisations around the country have come together to develop twelve priorities for the National Plan.
These priorities include funding primary prevention to prevent violence, specialist services to support victim survivors, and prioritising initiatives led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Trans women and gender diverse people experience sexual violence at four times the rate of the general population. The Plan must design responses in collaboration with the LGBTQIA+ community, and fund specialist community-led services, so that everyone can live free from violence.
The Summit is an opportunity to make a real difference. Governments must commit to take action so that everyone can enjoy their human rights.