Queensland men pledge to end violence against women
The State Government is calling on men to show their support for White Ribbon Day (25 November), an international day of action asking men to take a stand to end violence against women.
Speaking in Parliament today, Community Services Minster Karen Struthers urged men to step up and take an oath to remain 'not violent, not silent' about violence against women.
"The Bligh Government is building a bright future for Queensland women, which is why we are committed to preventing violence against women," Ms Struthers said.
"We have funded Australia's CEO Challenge $181,000 over three years to coordinate White Ribbon Day community events, supporting thousands of women and children escaping violent relationships."
Ms Struthers questioned why Campbell Newman has refused to challenge those who excuse violence against women.
"Whether it's blaming women who are raped or fantasising about shoving a fork "firmly" in a waitress's eyeball - The LNP candidat e for Cairns is yet to be challenged by his own party on his history of offensive and distasteful comments.
"The Bligh Government stands in stark contrast to an arrogant and bitterly divided LNP.
"With only 15% female candidates, Campbell Newman has shown a complete lack of leadership, particularly when it comes to issues of importance to women.
"Queenslanders have to ask themselves - can they risk such an old fashioned bully boys club running our state?"
Ms Struthers said the Bligh Government has introduced new legislation to address the serious problem.
"The Domestic and Family Violence Protection Bill 2011 represents the first major overhaul of Queensland's domestic and family violence legislation in 20 years," she said.
"The proposed bill includes changes such as the introduction of police issued protection notices to help provide timely protection for victims of domestic and family violence and hold perpetrators immediately acc ountable for their actions.
Ms Struthers urged anyone experiencing domestic or family violence to seek assistance.
"Women can phone the DV Connect helpline 24 hours a day on 1800 811 811, while men needing help can phone the DV Connect Mensline on 1800 600 636.
For more information on local White Ribbon Day events and how you can pledge your support, visit www.whiteribbondayqueensland.com.au
Community Services, Housing and Women
The Honourable Karen Struthers
, Australia Wide
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