Today is Human Rights Day, and the final day of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, a global campaign held every year.
The campaign aims to raise awareness, inspire action and promote dialogue surrounding the issues of violence and discrimination faced by individuals based on their gender.
It’s an important time to focus on the call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. But we need to be activists every day.
A look back at a pivotal year
Earlier this year, we saw the culmination of a decade-long campaign to win paid family and domestic violence leave.
It’s a crucial change because we know that, on average, it costs women $18,000 to flee a violent relationship.
The change will help save lives by ensuring victim-survivors have the time and money to help deal with the impact of family and domestic violence.
It goes to show that when working people come together with a shared vision, nothing can stop us.
Another crucial win to support victim-survivors at work
Just last week we had another big win for workers: the Albanese Government passed large parts of the Closing Loopholes laws, which included a provision to extend Anti-Discrimination protections in the Fair Work Act to workers who are subjected to family and domestic violence.
This is a vital change that will better protect workers subjected to family and domestic violence from discrimination at work.
Be part of winning change
Unionists fought hard for these wins, and will continue to campaign for further essential changes to our work laws – changes that make a real difference in the lives of working people.
Join the movement that makes a difference in the lives of working Australians.