Financial security, policing and justice responses, sexual violence and challenges facing diverse members of the Australian community will be key topics discussed at the National Summit on Women’s Safety 2021 held today and tomorrow at Parliament House in Canberra.
The two-day program features keynote addresses, panel discussions and presentations as well as a series of roundtables that will form part of the consultation for the next National Plan to end violence against women and their children.
Speakers and panellists will include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO, Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, Australian of the Year Grace Tame, eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
A basic right to safety, equality and respect
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women Senator the Hon. Marise Payne said that everyone has a basic right to safety, equality and respect in our society. ‘Tragically, we know this is not the experience of many women and children.
‘Through the National Summit on Women’s Safety 2021, we have an opportunity to shine a light on the violence that women from all walks of life experience in the shadows and behind closed doors, and to create real change and genuine advances for women and girls.
‘The Summit will bring together a broad cross-section of the Australian community, including representatives who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally and linguistically diverse and LGBTQIA+, women with a disability and, importantly, women who have experienced violence.’
Owing to the current health orders, the Summit will take place online.
For more information on the Summit and to view the program go to http://www.womenssafetysummit.com.au.
Anyone who is experiencing, at risk of, or impacted by domestic or family violence or sexual assault can call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au