16 Days of Action against gendered violence - We Won't Wait Campaign


16 Days of Action against gendered violence - We Won't Wait Campaign

The International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women was held on 25 November 2019. Violence against women and girls is among the most widespread, and devastating human rights violations in the world, but much it is often unreported due to impunity, shame and gender inequality.

According to the United Nations, a third of all women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, half of women killed worldwide were killed by their partners or family, and violence perpetrated against women is as common a cause of death and incapacity for those of reproductive age, as cancer, and a greater cause of ill health than road accidents and malaria combined.

To spotlight the scale of the problem, on this year’s International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, the United Nations is sharing the many ways in which the scourge manifests itself.

FIND OUT MORE: United Nations News and UNiTE Concept note

Unions continue to fight for Domestic Violence Leave

This time last year, after a powerful campaign led by the Australian Services Union, the NSW Government announced the introduction of paid domestic violence leave for public sector employees. This year, the union movement is calling on Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the NSW Government to join the call for a National entitlement for all workers in the Fair Work Act.

Unions NSW are using the 16 days of action to continue to place pressure on the Federal Government to introduce 10 days paid domestic violence leave in the National Employment Standards as part of the We Won't Wait campaign. The Federal Liberal/National Government is the only government in the country opposed to paid domestic violence leave.

If you are concerned about yourself, a colleague or family member you can access 24 hour (anonymous) telephone counselling 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