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Prominent Australian Women Lead Campaign Calling For Violence And Harassment Reform

On the eve of International Women's Day, a group of notable Australian women have launched a social media campaign calling for government reforms to protect and support women from violence, harassment and discrimination.

The campaign is spearheaded by notable Australian women, including Grace Tame, Brittany Higgins, Christine Holgate, Lucy Turnbull, Michele O'Neil, Yasmin Poole, Larissa Behrendt and former Liberal MP, Julia Banks, uniting as a group alliance named 'Safety. Respect. Equity.'

The women are seeking to continue the momentum of 2021 and unite in a powerful call for Australians to demand real action, change and policy implementation to protect and support women and children from violence, harassment and discrimination and pressing Scott Morrison's government to implement the central recommendation of the Respect@Work report. 

In a joint statement within the campaign video, members of the coalition noted one in five Australian women would be sexually assaulted or raped in her lifetime, and one in three women would encounter workplace sexual harassment.

The high-powered group call on the government to implement the central recommendation of the Respect@Work report – which is to impose a positive duty on employers to safeguard all staff from sexual harassment

In addition to calling on the government to implement the aforementioned report recommendations, they seek the implementation of policies such as:

- 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave

- Full implementation of the National Plan for First Nations Women and Girls

- Effective employment programs for women with disability

- Enacting stronger and consistent child sexual assault laws

- Legislative measures to address the gender pay gap.

- Free, accessible and quality early childhood education and care

- Expansion of paid parental leave 

- Consent education in schools, universities and workplaces.