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World-renowned violence against women experts heading to Australia

July 08 2016 By Hannah Grant, Media & Ambassador Program Manager

Experts in the field of preventing violence against women and their children from England, South Africa and Australia will be headlining the international Prevalent and Preventable conference in Adelaide this September.

Our Watch Chief Executive Officer Mary Barry explained that “the new highly anticipated conference is dedicated to exploring emerging opportunities to prevent violence against women across the diversity of Australian society through a participatory approach.” 

Find out more about Prevalent & Preventable here. 

Working from the latest international and national evidence, Prevalent and Preventable is set to bring together practitioners, policy makers and researchers to reflect on current practice, and develop prevention strategies to end violence against women.

“From 19-22 September, the conference will translate international ideas for local spaces, and focus on actions to end the high rates of violence against women and their children in Australia,” said Ms Barry.

Prevalent and Preventable keynote speakers include: 

  • Marai Larasi, Executive Director, Imkaan, a UK-based organisation dedicated to addressing violence against Black women and girls.
  • Professor Rashida Manjoo, University of Cape Town, South Africa, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences (2009 to 2015).
  • Natasha Stott Despoja AM, Chair, Our Watch and Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls.

“We know that one size does not fit all when it comes to preventing violence against women,” said Ms Barry.

“Women with disabilities, women from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and the LGBTQI community must not be left behind in the fight to end violence against women.”

“Prevalent and Preventable will explore the tailored actions that can help address the intersecting kinds of inequality, disadvantage and violence faced by these communities,” she said.

The conference will also engage participants on promising community-led approaches to prevent violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. In addition, it will investigate how to best support children and young people as agents of change, and as part of a collective national effort to end violence against women in Australia.

“There are many effective programs making inroads in ending violence against women in their local context and as such, have much to share and learn from,” said Ms Barry.

“This is a new and exciting era in prevention. Conference participants have a real opportunity to contribute to the solutions needed to end violence against women in Australia,” she said.

Prevalent and Preventable is presented by the Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA) in conjunction with Our Watch, and supported by WESNET (Women’s Service Network). Early bird rates close 17 July 2016.

Media contact

For enquiries or further information: Hannah Grant, Our Watch, mobile 0448 844 930, email Hannah.Grant@ourwatch.org.au

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“If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000. For more information about a service in your state or local area download the DAISY App in the App Store or Google Play.”

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About Our Watch 

Our Watch’s (previously the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children) purpose is to raise awareness and engage the community in action to prevent violence against women and their children.
Our Watch was conceived of and brought into existence in 2013 by the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Victoria. The Northern Territory, South Australian, Tasmanian, Queensland and Australian Capital Territory governments have also since become members of the organisation.
Our Watch’s work derives from the government’s commitment to the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022 and gives expression to many of the activities in the Second Action Plan 2013–2016 – Moving Ahead.