The Summit on Women’s Safety is an important opportunity for the Government to show that it is genuinely committed to creating a world where women and children in Australia live free from violence.
Violence against women is one of the most widespread human rights abuses in Australia and indeed worldwide. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, children and communities continue to experience disproportionately high rates of violence resulting from more than two centuries of colonialism, dispossession and discrimination. Women with disabilities or migrant women, lesbian, bisexual and transgender women are also particularly vulnerable to violence.
Amnesty International joins key organisations around the country in calling on the Government to commit to twelve priorities for the next National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and Children.