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Lucy Turnbull speaks out against violence against women and their children as Our Watch Ambassador

May 04 2016 By Hannah Grant, Media and Ambassador Program Manager

​Our Watch is proud to announce Lucy Turnbull AO as an Ambassador this evening at Kirribilli House.

Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja AM, heralded the appointment, saying “this is a significant appointment for Our Watch.” 

“Lucy Turnbull is an accomplished businesswoman, philanthropist and a well-respected leader. It is a great pleasure to welcome Ms Turnbull as an Our Watch Ambassador to assist in leading nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that underpin violence against women,” said Ms Stott Despoja. 

Chief Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission and former Lord Mayor of Sydney, Lucy Turnbull thanked Natasha Stott Despoja for her leadership and welcoming her on board as an Ambassador of Our Watch.

“Victims of domestic violence have suffered in silence for too long. I look forward to working with Our Watch to drive important culture change and to help build a society that is known for its respect for women,” said Ms Turnbull.

Lucy Turnbull is one of a distinct group of high profile Australians recently announced as Ambassadors for Our Watch, the national organisation established to prevent violence against women and their children. 

These include television presenter Julia Zemiro, novelist Tara Moss, actor Tasma Walton, disability advocate Sue Salthouse, chairman of the West Coast Eagles Alan Cransberg and survivor advocates, Dr Ann O’Neill, Tarang Chawla, Rebecca Poulson, Rachel Kayrooz and Arman Abrahimzadeh.

Our Watch Chief Executive Officer Mary Barry is honoured to have so many inspiring people join Our Watch and commit to lending their knowledge, expertise and influence to stopping violence against women and their children before it starts.

“Their support will be invaluable in engaging Australians to call out disrespect and violence towards women, and advocating for gender equality: exactly what the evidence says is needed to end the epidemic that currently claims the life a one woman almost every week in this country,” she said.

Speaking at the event on 4 May, Dr Ann O’Neill, who founded angelhands, a non-for-profit organisation assisting victims of trauma, said it is a pivotal time for violence against women and their children in Australia.

“Over the last two years in particular, we have started to make headway in the public’s understanding of violence against women, its prevalence, dynamics and what evidence says drives it,” she said. 

“This is great and long overdue step for those who have worked in this space for decades, however, the work is far from over. 

“I implore you to not to just be ‘against’ violence against women and children, but to actively stand up for survivors, gender equality and non-violence. It’s only then that Australian women and their children will live free from fear,” said Dr O’Neill.

New Our Watch Ambassadors join existing Ambassadors: founder of the Luke Batty Foundation, Rosie Batty, television presenter Charlie Pickering, actor Miranda Tapsell and human rights activist Khadija Gbla. 

Media contact

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

*If you cover this story, or any story regarding violence against women and children, please include the following tagline:

“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.”

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 and Queensland 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.