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End violence against women


Violence against women is a problem world wide, but the increase in violence against women in Australia has become a national crisis. It has gotten so bad one state has appointed a special official charged with improving men’s behavior, the first position of its kind in the country.

Gender-based violence is plaguing Australia, 31 women have been killed across the country so far this year, according to the Counting Dead Women project. Last year, 64 women were murdered.

The country was rattled by multiple violent incidents in April, including when five women were killed by a man armed with a knife at a shopping center in the suburb of Bondi in Sydney. Police said CCTV footage showed it was “obvious” the man targeted women. In another violent incident, a 28-year-old mother was allegedly murdered by her partner, who was already facing charges of raping and stalking her but had been released on bail.

Another woman and her daughter were murdered by her best friends x husband who was trying to find them, and when he couldn’t he stabbed them to death.

The program will be about modelling positive role models for boys and men and ensuring they break away from gendered based stereotypes and building respectful relationships.

Some Australians continue to shift the blame away from men, with 21% believing that ‘sometimes a woman can make a man so angry he hits her when he didn’t mean to’, and 1 in 3 believing rape results from men not being able to control their need for sex. There was a survey done and the results clearly show that Australia is lagging behind on women's rights. The survey showed that many people are denying the problem of violence, such as the number of people who think that many women inflate the problem of male violence (23%), and the fact that almost half (42%) think it is common for sexual assault allegations to be used as a way of getting back at men.

When it comes to consent, 30% believe that if a woman sends a nude image to her partner, she is partly responsible if he shares it without her consent. Furthermore, 1 in 5 believe that ‘since women are so sexual in public, it’s not surprising that some men think they can touch women without their approval. The continued lack of understanding surrounding the reality of violence against women has led to 1 in 3 Australians being unaware that a woman is more likely to be sexually assaulted by someone she knows than by a stranger.

Violence against women is still the leading preventable contributor to death and disease in women aged 18-44. The physical and mental health impacts of family violence on women and their children is enormous. This problem also effects the economy, Sexual harassment is costing the economy an estimated $2.75 billion a year.

The time is long past due, for the belief that women are nothing more than to bred, bare children and be at the beck and call to a man. No one deserves to be abused and its time for these backward ideas and church teachings to be shelved. Come on Australia you can do better.

Not all men go along with these backward ideas, many men cherish women, treat women as equals and value them.





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