The Andrews Labor Government has delivered $175,000 in grants to support a number of state-wide community organisations to hold events to raise awareness about violence against women as a part of Victoria Against Violence.
Minister for Women and the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson has awarded Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West a grant as part of this initiative that will go to supporting activities across the community throughout the 16 day campaign.
Victoria Against Violence coincides with the United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign, beginning on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on the 25th of November and concluding on International Human Rights Day on the 10th of December.
The campaign invites Victorians to stand together to end the harm of family violence and prevent it from occurring in the first place.
These grants enable community groups, Women’s Health Organisations and Domestic Violence Services, who support this event every year to promote their activities across the community.
The purpose of these events is to communicate the link between gender inequality and family violence. The Andrews Government is striving for gender equality and will be announcing Victoria’s first ever Gender Equality Strategy in December 2016.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP
“The Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West Inc is at the forefront of leadership in family violence prevention in the region. The tireless work they do is crucial to eliminating family violence in Victoria.”
“I am proud of the strong advocacy and commitment of communities across Western Victoria in standing up against this harm”.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Women, Fiona Richardson
“No community is immune from violence towards women and girls – so it’s vital for us to work together at a local, state and national level in addressing this issue.”
“The Victoria Against Violence campaign is an important step towards ensuring that there is a greater awareness of the need to prevent family violence occurring in our community.”