International Human Rights Day

Today is International Human Rights Day and the last day of the 16 Days of Activism. We hope that you continue to have a conversation about preventing violence against women throughout the year. 
Women and girls are entitled to full and equal enjoyment of their human rights including health, education, political participation, economic wellbeing and freedom from violence.

Today, we’re talking about the right to live free from violence.

Violence against women is one of the most widespread violations of human rights – it happens across cultures, countries and communities. Here in Australia, we know that 1 in 3 women experience physical violence at the hands of a current or ex-partner, 1 in 5 women experience sexual violence at the hands of a current or ex-partner, and 1 in 4 women experience emotional abuse by a current or former partner.

Violence denies women their ability to fully participate in society and their capacity to reach their fullest potential; and for one woman on average per week in Australia, violence denies her, her life.
Violence against women is a violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Today we are saying “human rights are women’s rights too.” No more violence.

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