SENATOR CLAIRE MOORE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CARERS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNITIES
SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND
NOT JUST WHISTLES - REAL SAFETY
Last week Labor announced a number of measures to ensure women and their children affected by family violence are getting the support they need.
Labor also called for a National Crisis Summit on family violence with State and Territory Leaders and sector stakeholders to coordinate a national response to family violence.
There is no clearer symbol of continuing gender inequality in our society than the epidemic of violence against women - in public or behind closed doors.
Yesterday The Australia Institute released a disturbing report "Everyday sexism: Australian women's experiences of street harassment" which further highlighted the experiences of women and their personal safety - even in public spaces.
Survey data, along with supporting research, shows that a large majority of Australian women have experienced street harassment, have fears for their safety, and are modifying their behaviour in response to this threat.
The Australia Institute, March 2015
The statistics and evidence once again raises the real concerns held by women about their physical and non-physical safety.
87 percent of Australian women have experienced at least one form of verbal or physical harassment in public;
Three in four women (74 percent) were harassed by a man or a group of men;
87 per cent of Australian women have taken at least one action to ensure their own personal safety in the last 12 months (e.g. avoiding walking home alone at night).
"The survey must not be dismissed as concerns just about a few whistles and comments," said Claire Moore.
"The survey reinforces that women don't feel safe and have genuine and real fears. It reminds all of us there it much to be done to eliminate all violence against women."
Labor calls upon the Abbott Government to address violence against women as a national priority, and work with the States and Territories and stakeholders in doing so.
WEDNESDAY 11 MARCH 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: MEREDITH NEWMAN 07 3252 7101