Australia Addresses Violence Against Women In Our Region

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THE HON STEPHEN SMITH MP, MINISTER FOR 

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP, MINISTER FOR HOUSING;

MINISTER FOR THE STATUS OF WOMEN


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24 November 2008


AUSTRALIA ADDRESSES VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

IN OUR REGION


Stephen Smith, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tanya Plibersek, Minister for the Status of

Women, today released the report, ‘Violence Against Women in Melanesia and East Timor’.


The report, by AusAID’s Office of Development Effectiveness, reveals that women in the

Asia-Pacific region are victims of high levels of domestic and sexual violence.


The report provides a framework to address violence against women by increasing women’s

access to justice and support services and changing attitudes and practices that encourage and

condone violence. 


Foreign Minister Smith said, “Violence against women is a serious human rights issue, causing

trauma to women, their families and their communities across the region. It also poses

significant development challenges.” 


Minister Plibersek said Australia is taking a leadership role in the region, having now

completed almost all of the necessary steps to accede to the United Nations Optional Protocol

to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

(CEDAW). 


“Acceding to the Optional Protocol will send a strong message that Australia is serious about

promoting gender equality and that we are prepared to be judged by international standards,”

Ms Plibersek said.


“It will also add credibility to our offers of support to women across the region – such as those

suffering high rates of domestic violence and sexual assault in East Timor and Melanesia.” 


The report demonstrates Australia’s commitment to assisting our neighbours reach the

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including gender equality.


The Australian Government will use the report to effectively build partnerships with local and

regional stakeholders to address violence against women. 









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