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White Ribbon’s statement in response to Turnbull Government’s strengthening of Australian Citizenship

“The Prime Minister is on the right track defending the fundamental right of every woman and child to live free from violence and abuse. Violence against women and children is not tolerated in Australia,” said Libby Davies, CEO of White Ribbon, in response to the Turnbull Government’s announcement that future citizen teests will focus heavily on respect for women and children, with possible questions about child marriage, female genital mutilation and domestic violence.

“All Australian citizens are obliged, legally, ethically and morally, to behave in a manner that is respectable at all times.

“We aim to build a nation that allows for each and every woman and child to live in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse.

“We need to engage men in this issue and make women’s safety a man’s priority.

“In 2013-14 6,500 women and girls were hospitalised in Australia due to assault from a partner or spouse. Even one hospitalisation is too many.

“Most men recognise this and more are speaking out and acting to stop domestic and family violence across our diverse community.

“We place particular importance on educating men and having men speak with other men about violence against women and children.

“It is up to all men, together with women, to stand up, speak out and act to build a society based on respect, fairness and equality.”

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Media: Irina Kamychnikova 0426 221 550

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