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Ending violence against women requires structural, attitudinal change

Published: 25 November 2015

White Ribbon Day (the International day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) is the perfect opportunity for our political leaders and all corners of society to take immediate action and create significant structural, attitudinal and service-delivery changes in order to reduce and eradicate violence against women, the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) said today.

National President Professor Karen Healy says violence against women is one of the most serious issues facing our society.

“It must be addressed at a number of levels. Our society needs to understand that violence against women is directly linked to gender inequality. Social workers across Australia see women experiencing violence every day,” said Professor Healy.

She says up to two women a week are killed by a current or former partner in Australia and in order for a prosperous and democratic society like ours to stop it, we must work together.

“To understand and eventually end violence against women, we must acknowledge that the majority of women and men hold unequal positions of power in Australian society and then we must spread the message of gender equality within all our social structures including families, schools, workplaces, sports, the media: this has to take place in all corners of society,” Professor Healy said.

She is calling on our politicians to show leadership by promoting, funding and helping to implement educational, behavioural and attitudinal change.

The AASW hopes that White Ribbon Day will continue to shine a light on this issue and foster a much needed discussion about gender inequality in Australia.

To arrange an interview with Professor Karen Healy, please contact:

Emma Pegrum
Media and Marketing Manager
P 02 6199 5011 M 0408 200 191

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers