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DAY 16: PM’s call to change the way some men think they own women

From: ABC News, Jane Norman, posted Monday 6 September 2021

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has conceded Australia “has a problem” with the way it treats women, describing a culture that not only excuses and justifies gender inequality but ultimately leads to violence against women.

Opening the two-day National Summit on Women’s Safety, Mr Morrison promised to be “open-minded and ambitious” and said victims and survivors would be “foundational” as the government develops the next national plan to reduce violence against women.

“Right now, too many Australian women do not feel safe and too often, they are not safe and that is not OK. There is no excuse, and sorry doesn’t cut it,” he said.

“There is still an attitude, a culture that excuses and justifies, ignores or condones gender inequality that drives ultimately violence against women, and that is on all of us.”

The Prime Minister said the collective goal was not just to reduce violence against women but to end it, describing the number of women killed by their current or former partners as a “national shame”.

“I don’t believe we can talk about women’s safety without talking about men,” he said.

“About the way some men think they own women.

“About the way women are subjected to disrespect, coercion, and violence.”

DAY 15: Violence against women in the mining industry

A survey of workers conducted by the Western Mine Worker’s Alliance (WMWA) shows that workers are experiencing sexual harassment in FIFO workplaces at unacceptable levels.

It is of great concern that nearly one in four female survey participants reported that they had experienced physical acts of sexual assault and two-thirds had experienced verbal sexual harassment while working in the FIFO mining industry.

Alarmingly, just four in 10 women Fl FO workers believed workers are encouraged to report sexual harassment and half believed workers are not supported through the reporting process.

WMWA’s survey shows that a significant proportion of workers are subject to a range of behaviours ranging from physical assault to unwanted sexual advances and inappropriate conversation or behaviour.

Of survey participants, 36% of women and 10% of men said they had experienced some form of sexual harassment within the last 12 months.

From:  the Western Mine Worker’s Alliance, Submission to the Western Australian Parliamentary Inquiry into sexual harassment against women in the FIFO mining industry.

DAY 14: In Australia, one woman a week is killed by her intimate male partner

It’s an established statistic that one Australian woman is killed by a violent, controlling male she knows each week.

Candace Sutton’s article in the New Zealand Times reveals  The forgotten victims of Australia’s female killings epidemic.

She points out the Family Law Act has a presumption of shared contact between parents, no matter how violent or threatening one of them has been.

This is despite the fact, domestic violence legal experts say that the majority of child custody and family matters involve domestic violence.

Statistics of Australian “intimate partner violence” show 79 per cent of these homicides are males killing females, 18 per cent are women killing men, and 1.9 per cent are men killing a male partner.

Women’s Legal Services Queensland CEO Angela Lynch said forcing mothers to share custody of their children with violent and threatening partners only puts them in the firing line to be killed or hurt.

Organisations such as White Ribbon Australia are essential to work with men to end violence against women.