The statistics we all should know
November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
This day is a time to reflect on critical statistics everyone in our community should know.
1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. In Australia, one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner.
This violence also goes beyond statistics. It is about the stories of Aiia Maasarwe, Helena Broadbent, Selma Adem Ibrahim, Kim Chau and the 44 other Australian women who have been killed by their partners in 2019 (Destroy the Joint).
Together, we can work to change these statistics and to change the story for women and girls.
Chapters are encouraged to meet in support of the elimination of violence against women and take the following actions:
- Take the Not Now, Not Ever pledge and submit it online;
- Wear an item of orange clothing (the colour chosen by the UN to represent the day);
- Send a Chapter photo to firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured on social media; and
- Consider making a donation to support women and girls across the world to live free from violence via the UN Women Australia website.
With the support of their Principal, teachers may choose to educate their class on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the effects of domestic violence. Any discussion will obviously be age appropriate, with teachers' professional judgement exercised.
Teachers are reminded that any student disclosures arising from the classroom discussions can be supported by school counsellors, chaplains, nurses or psychologists. Any relevant school policies or mandatory reporting requirements where students reveal abuse should also be adhered to.
Violence against women and girls remains one of the most widespread and devastating human rights violations in the world and it often goes unreported due to stigma and shame.
If you would like to learn more about the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, visit the UN Women website.
If you are concerned about yourself, or anyone around you, 24-hour telephone counselling is available through any of these providers:
1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732
Lifeline: 13 11 14 or www.lifeline.org.au
Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800 or www.kidshelp.com.au