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Natasha Stott Despoja, Chair of Our Watch, addresses the National Press Club, 19 August 2020

August 20, 2020 / Our Watch media team

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Our Watch Chair Natasha Stott Despoja addressed the National Press Club on the issue, Australia's ongoing national emergency: Violence against women. How can we eliminate it through COVID and beyond. Ms Stott Despoja talked about the spike in violence against women during the pandemic.

She also argued our national response to and recovery from the pandemic should strengthen women’s economic security, independence, economic participation, and decision-making in public life, all of which are measures that would help reduce violence against women.

To watch the address, visit ABC iview.

Natasha Stott Despoja is standing behind a lectern addressing the National Press Club in Canberra. A television camera is filming her.
Image by Dr Phil Lambert PSM sourced via Twitter (@DrPhilLambert)

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Our Watch is a national leader in Australia’s work to stop violence against women and their children before it starts. The organisation was created to drive nation-wide change in the structures, norms and practices that lead to violence against women and children.

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“If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.”

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