“Violence against women is the most widespread human rights abuse in the world.

Every day, thousands of women and girls are abused in their own homes. They are raped in armed conflict or murdered by their families. They are attacked for speaking out, for defending womens’ rights.

It is a worldwide scandal that violence against women is allowed, excused or overlooked.”

Domestic violence in Australia contributes to ill-health and premature death for women aged 15-44 years, than any other single factor. Two thirds of women experience some form of physical or sexual violence in their lives.”

http://action.amnesty.org.au/images/uploads/svaw/0306%20fact_national_plan.pdf

After learning on the weekend that a lovely girlfriend of mine was beaten up by her ex-boyfriend after a domestic dispute, I feel compelled to do something about raising the awareness of the situation.

Within my female friends alone, I can say there is not one woman that has NOT been touched by some kind of physical and/or sexual abuse at the hand of a male – father / brother / male relatives / male ‘friend’ of the family.

 

http://www.aph.gov.au/library/intguide/SP/ViolenceAgainstWomen.htm

http://www.australiasaysno.gov.au/

http://action.amnesty.org.au/svaw/

http://www.saynotoviolence.org/index.htm

http://www.un.org/womenwatch/

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