16 days of activism 2017

16 days of activism 2017

This is an international call for family violence to be eradicated, and this year’s theme: Leave no-one behind is one that especially resonates with the work of McAuley Community Services for Women. It’s a message that those who’ve experienced family violence must not be left on the margins, and it emphasizes the importance of reaching the most marginalized first.

 

This concept of ‘Leaving no one behind’ is significant , reminding us that we need more than just refuges and shelters to deal with family violence. We also have to address the underlying reasons why it is so pervasive — gender inequality, a cultural acceptance of violence, poverty, homelessness, mental health and addiction. Without collective action on all of these issues simultaneously, the goal of ending family violence at either an individual or societal level will remain frustratingly elusive.

 


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