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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 26 November 2014) . . Page.. 4036 ..

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you. Earlier in the debate, Mr Hanson said, “Katy Gallagher says there is a 14-year war in obstetrics.” I have never said that, ever, and I do not believe it is true.

Women—White Ribbon Day

MRS JONES (Molonglo) (10.56): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) White Ribbon Day on 25 November 2014;

(b) White Ribbon Day is the only national, male led campaign to end men’s violence against women;

(c) over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence;

(d) a woman is most likely, if killed by her male partner, for it to occur in her home;

(e) domestic and family violence is the principle cause of homelessness for women and their children;

(f) intimate partner violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and ill-health in Australian women aged 15-44;

(g) one in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them;

(h) one in four children are exposed to domestic violence, a recognised form of child abuse;

(i) one in five women experiences harassment within the workplace;

(j) White Ribbon Day works to change the attitudes and the behaviours that lead to and perpetuate violence against women by engaging and enabling boys and men to lead the social change;

(2) acknowledges the great work done by the White Ribbon Day and its valuable role within our community; and

(3) calls on the Government to collect statistics on incidents of domestic violence perpetrated against women in the ACT and report annually to the Assembly coinciding with White Ribbon Day.

I bring this motion to the Assembly today to acknowledge the work of White Ribbon; to mark White Ribbon Day, which was yesterday, 25 November; and to draw our attention to what everyone can do within the community and what we can do as legislators to help stop violence against women.

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