By Gianna Huesch
Anti-violence campaigner Rosie Batty has joined forces with Soroptimist International Australia to promote the United Nations’ upcoming “Orange the World” campaign, which will comprise 16 days of activism to make a positive difference to domestic and family violence victims both globally and locally. Soroptimist International is a worldwide organisation of women working together to transform the lives of women and girls.
The quirkily-named “Rosie Batty Roadshow” will start in Brisbane on 5 October and travel around capital cities until it finishes on 7 November in Adelaide.
Responding to current debate over family law reform, Rosie Batty recently launched the practical Five Step “Safety First in Family Law” plan developed by Women’s Legal Services Australia and this plan will be top of the agenda for the Roadshow tour. Ms Batty says:
“What we know is that the system is overburdened and underfunded. But more than that, it needs significant cultural change so violence is better recognised and responded to.”
Ms Batty says the Five Step Plan offers “solutions that will ensure our kids are safe…and fix the family law response to family violence.”
The Roadshow will raise vital funds for local centres and projects of the Women’s Legal Services which, like all community legal centres, is facing a 30% government funding cut this year. The community service assists disadvantaged women throughout Australia who are escaping domestic and family violence.
About the UN’s Orange the World and 16 Days of Activism Campaign
From 25 November through to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence aims to raise public awareness and mobilise people everywhere to bring about change. The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign invites you to “Orange the World,” using the colour designated by the UNiTE campaign to symbolise a brighter future without violence.
For full details of the Roadshow, see: http://rosiebattyroadshow.com/
To learn more about the #orangetheworld campaign, see: http://www.un.org/en/women/endviolence/orangeday.shtml
Do you need help with a family law matter involving an abusive ex-partner? Here at Alliance Family Law we take a strong stand against family and domestic violence and aim to provide our clients with compassionate and empathic advice. Please call (02) 6223 2400 to arrange your free first conference with Cristina Huesch or one of our other experienced solicitors.