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Call for long-term cultural change

Call for long-term cultural change

By Bonnie Phillips and Vanessa Shambrook

Corporate Social Responsibility  Discrimination Women's Rights Workplace Relations 


The link between gender inequality and violence against women is clear. In Australia, one woman is killed almost every week by a partner or former partner; one in three have experienced physical violence; one in five have been subjected to sexual violence and eight in 10 harassed. Sadly, Eurydice Dixon was one of these women, with her murder in June rousing the conversation regarding violence against women, family violence and how it is men – not women – who need to change. In an address to parliament, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said: “What we must do as we grieve is ensure that we change the hearts of men to respect women”. Further conversation was sparked after a senior police officer Superintendent David Clayton said on the day Eurydice Dixon’s body was found that women needed to “take responsibility for your safety”. However, tired of once again being told to be careful, women began sharing a 2015 Twitter post by Australian writer Jane Gilmore: “Women if you want to be safe, stay at home. Except that  you are more likely to be killed at home by someone who claims they love you, so don’t stay at home. Don’t show too much skin or laugh too loud or dance too much but come on give us a smile. Carry your keys and your phone at all times. Public transport is dangerous, but so are taxis and walking and driving on your own and did I mention that staying at home is really risky, so don’t do any of those things ok”.

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