3rd Mar 2015
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International Women’s Day successes

Every year the global community celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March. In Australia, the National Committee for UN Women hosts International Women's Day events across the country, celebrating important milestones in gender equality and looking to the future with new hopes and plans.

In 2015, the global campaign, Beijing +20, is being commemorated. The campaign has made important strides towards ensuring the rights and freedoms of women and girls all over the world since 1995, when the momentous Beijing Platform for Action was signed by 189 countries. It also puts forward important goals for the future.

In Australia this year, we are fortunate to be celebrating the women who are lighting the way towards tackling domestic violence and securing gender equality.  

Ahead of IWD this Sunday, the first royal commission into family violence has begun in Victoria this week, with head commissioner Marcia Neave speaking of the necessity of positively changing the part of Australian culture that has thus far permitted violence against women, which she says is a “hidden problem”. The commission has made a call for written submissions from frontline workers in the courts, police and the child protection, health and domestic violence sectors about how systems could be altered to keep women safe.

This year, statistics from Domestic Violence Victoria have shown that as many as 14 women have died due to family violence in Australia in 2015. This number is well above last year’s national average of one death per week.

The declaration of Rosie Batty as Australian of the Year spoke volumes about Australia’s commitment to bring domestic violence out of the dark corner and into full public view. Ms Batty became a campaigner against domestic violence after her son, Luke, was beaten to death by his father on a cricket oval in Melbourne last year.

Ms Batty featured on Q&A on Monday night last week, saying that the procedure of processing domestic violence claims needs to change. She spoke directly to the Australian police and law bodies, saying a “coordinated approach” between police and the courts was important in improving the reporting of domestic violence so that women no longer have to fear the repercussions of speaking out.

However, the duty to end domestic violence extends further than just to officials. Ms Neave stated that each Australian could play their part, however small. She made an appeal to the public to what do they can to put a stop to domestic violence, urging everyone “to be responsible and involved in stopping this terrible scourge.”

Read more at The Guardian.

To help celebrate International Women’s Day in your city or to take part in progressing women’s equality, visit UN Women online.

 What do you think? Do you feel Australia does enough to combat domestic violence? What else can Australians do to help keep women safe?





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    gillham
    6th Mar 2015
    12:15pm
    I would not celebrate International Women's Day in my wildest dreams. The proposed domestic violence register FOR MALES ONLY, with no punishment for vexatious female claims is a mere example of where women's warped idea of equality has lead us. It is merely another tool for women to emasculate men. Today's paper. A woman gets a 2 year suspended sentence for killing her husband. Taking another human's life is unacceptable under any circumstances - of course that is unless you are a woman. Being female provides a cradle to grave get out of jail free card. Women are at their own behest are the ruling class of Society with an insatiable lust for further progress towards extinction of males. I have absolutely no respect for women and their International Women's Day where they can have an incestuous love in for self gratuity. Enjoy it by yourselves which after all is your ultimate aim.
    Jen
    6th Mar 2015
    12:27pm
    Oh dear!
    gillham
    6th Mar 2015
    12:34pm
    Yes Jen. Hard to deny isn't it.
    Tom Tank
    6th Mar 2015
    1:00pm
    What can be said about that rant except express pity for such a warped view.
    I suppose it exposes some dreadful experience, possibly from childhood.
    gillham
    6th Mar 2015
    1:04pm
    Yes Tom, Jen does sound a bit warped.
    bebby
    6th Mar 2015
    3:41pm
    Gillham, I think you need to seek professional help, obviously you have been treated badly by by women.I pity you.
    CindyLou
    6th Mar 2015
    10:43pm
    When I read the topic of this discussion I had a little laugh and bet with myself that Mr. Gilliam would eagerly jump onto to this discussion with very negative insulting comments. In regard to the young woman featured on tv this evening aca, I think the judge made a very wise decision based on the reported violent ongoing abuse and the fact that this man pursued the young woman to her parents house and was assaulting her brother and father....leading to the young woman's stabbing of this evil man. So basically there was a valid reason for her actions.

    In regard to Mr Gillham ... He is very predictable and a little sad really..life must have dealt this gentleman some tough experiences. Very sad to be so bitter.
    gillham
    7th Mar 2015
    5:39am
    Well Cindy Lou may be you can explain to me how women have the right of summary execution over men, yet the Crown or the State does not i.e. in the form of Capital punishment. We also oppose capital punishment in the case of the Bali two.What is it? Do women have some ethereal right?
    Happy Traveller
    6th Mar 2015
    1:14pm
    How about maintaining the funding for women's shelters so they have somewhere to go with the kids when the man is belting her up!? What use is an awareness campaign (announced today)if women have nowhere to actually go under duress?
    gillham
    6th Mar 2015
    1:19pm
    How about maintaining the education system that produces University entrance at entry rates of 60% for females and 40% for men.
    particolor
    6th Mar 2015
    7:52pm
    There is one of those Houses RIGHT OPOSITE My front door over the Street !! :-( A Woman with God knows how many Kids ?????? And I know why she is there ! She would make a Drill Sergeant or Pirate sound like a Sunday School Teacher :-)
    rtrish
    7th Mar 2015
    9:09am
    Very good point, Happy Traveller.
    Polly Esther
    6th Mar 2015
    3:08pm
    To all you women out there - half the population by the way - I wish you all the best.
    Have a great Sunday, celebrate hard, and bless you all.
    You deserve no less.
    particolor
    6th Mar 2015
    7:55pm
    And that goes for the Lady across the Road from Me too !! :-)
    gillham
    6th Mar 2015
    4:02pm
    Look Bebby I don't need your pity. Just have a habit of calling it as it is. The avalanche of special treatment and preference for women needs to cease. Men ARE part of the world and need to be included. Meanwhile some people, and may I suggest may be like yourself, need to realise that the love affair Society has with women is alienating men.
    gillham
    6th Mar 2015
    5:20pm
    Just watched the 5pm news. Guess what, it tells us there is now another 'new' study showing that men are more narcissistic than women, and Mike Baird and Pru Goward have cooked up that there will be a Minister for Domestic Violence to go with the Minister for Women. Tell me I'm dreaming. I can rest my case.
    gillham
    6th Mar 2015
    5:37pm
    Last post because I've solved the problem. When we get a Minister for Female Birth Control men can be isolated to an island to provide to a sperm bank on a monthly basis. The embryo's can now also be monitored to ensure that women can choose the gender to be female. Meanwhile the male sperm bank providers can be replenished on a yearly basis. We can then do away with International Women's Day and have every day as Women's Day. Sorry that's already the case isn't it. But at least we can fast track the emasculation.
    particolor
    6th Mar 2015
    8:02pm
    The Depression Blog is below this one ! If it will Help !! :-(
    CindyLou
    6th Mar 2015
    10:49pm
    Thank goodness it's Gillham's last post... Yippee
    gillham
    7th Mar 2015
    5:40am
    Cindy Lou, I'll do the last post for you any time
    particolor
    7th Mar 2015
    8:41am
    Well that's on the Bugle !! :-(
    particolor
    7th Mar 2015
    8:44am
    Try the Creamed Corn and Ham Pot there !! That might Cheer You Up ?? :-)
    Polly Esther
    7th Mar 2015
    1:08pm
    take care and have a nice day gillham, sounds like you sure as hell could do with one.
    gillham
    7th Mar 2015
    1:49pm
    Willie, I'm hav'n a good day. Usually do. Some others appear not to be when confronted by the truth. But I can play those deficients off a break without my day being spoilt by any self gratuitous ethereal species. I notice that none have been able to refute my comments.
    CindyLou
    8th Mar 2015
    4:26pm
    Boring, reallythisli e of discussion is lime a broken record.
    CindyLou
    8th Mar 2015
    4:27pm
    Excuse typo, was a little rushed

    .... This line of discussion is like a broken record. Still boring.
    Hawkeye
    7th Mar 2015
    1:15pm
    Good on ya there Gillham. Pretty well said what the rest of us are too scared to say.
    It's always been a women's world, with men as the slaves. And it's getting more so with every new vote-catching angle the pollies can dream up.

    Anyway, it sure looks like you shut the men-haters up.
    Paulodapotter
    7th Mar 2015
    3:28pm
    Where do you find you guys? You can't emasculate a real man. There's no tool big enough. Every day is International Man's Day. We should at least give the poor buggers one day to call their own.
    gillham
    7th Mar 2015
    6:03pm
    Paulo, you've already been emasculated. Blokes with Kahunas stand up for themselves.
    particolor
    7th Mar 2015
    7:56pm
    Some Gluttons for Punishment have even been known to Marry Them ?? :-)
    bebby
    7th Mar 2015
    8:18pm
    Particolor, I hate to give Gillham and Hawkeye any reason to have a go at me
    but here goes, I assume the "Gluttons for Punishment"are women.
    gillham
    7th Mar 2015
    9:08pm
    Particolor and Bebby the best I can say to you is that you are talking in riddles about what most people would call a serious subject, particularly when one aspect is the legalising of women to kill their partner after saying " I'll f..cking kill him myself". The judge determined that this meant she didn't want to kill him.

    The upside of this is that a woman who takes this path scoops the pool of assets to the tune of 100% rather than the 70% which should be 50%. Also, toss in the ultimate revenge of demise of the partner. A little difficult to defend yourself from the grave. But that's a minor point.The riddles are a sure sign you have lost any discussion.
    CindyLou
    8th Mar 2015
    12:33am
    So the statistics 26 women a year killed by male partners/ex partners is also seen in the reverse, ie 26 men a year killed by women... ?
    gillham
    8th Mar 2015
    6:58am
    "Statistics' Don't make me laugh. Feminists are experts at contriving statistics that when repeated often enough become folklore. Try the 20% wage difference for example when 60% of Uni graduates are women. Real statistics are like the 40 Aussie male soldiers killed in Afghanastan; no Aussie female soldiers. Now there's the equality we can celebrate on International Women's Day
    CindyLou
    8th Mar 2015
    4:55pm
    We could argue statistics back and forth.

    I'll give you and this discussion page a few facts about me, a woman in late 50s reasonably fit and in good 'nick' so to speak.
    1. I do not feel safe at night in some situations, ie walking to car at night in some areas.
    2. I and other woman I know are mindful not to open the door to callers, especially at night.
    3. Similarly I'd be wary of stopping at night if I saw an incident or an injuried person as I am aware people stage such situations to rob or attack people (I'd certainly ring 000 etc. and report incident)
    4. I am aware that older women have spoken of leaving a mans shoes at the front door to pretend they are not living alone.
    5. I would not travel on public transport at night, especially trains and I am aware of a young woman assaulted by a male taxi driver.


    I do not like a us and them discussion...there are good and bad women and men and yes, the family law courts decisions etc. are not that great but that's a completely different topic. Uni graduates stats may indicate more women grads however, the pay for grads in SOME disciplines, ie social science/welfare/child care is not that high. this is an area where lots of women appear to be enrolled. In comparison the pay/capacity to earn big dollars is now shifting towards certain trades, plumbing, carpentry, electricians. Not a complaint just a casual observation.

    It's not a simple black and white issue and to drag sad stats such as 'aussie soldiers killed in combat' is pointless.
    gillham
    8th Mar 2015
    5:53pm
    Yes about as pointless as your 26 women killed by men statistic. And on your other point WOMEN have made it 'us' and 'them'. THAT IS WHY WE HAVE A WOMENS ONLY, INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY. AND FURTHERMORE THE AUSSIE MALE SOLDIERS KILLED WOULD NOT THINK THEIR DYING AS POINTLESS.
    particolor
    8th Mar 2015
    8:17pm
    Make that 27 ! :-( They found a Woman Dead on the Footpath This morning ?? :-(
    CindyLou
    8th Mar 2015
    9:11pm
    A most important and respectful response to the shouting (caps).

    The tragic loss of Aussie soldiers has nothing to do with such a discussion. Hence, my point was the 'reference' of this tragedy in such a discussion is pointless, never ever would I minimize or disrespect the deceased by alluding to their death as pointless. Shame on you.
    gillham
    9th Mar 2015
    7:40am
    Cindy Lou it shows the "equality". and there would be an outcry if 40 women and no men's lives were sacrificed. And for Particolor the woman on the path went to Gallipoli like the other women who stormed the beaches (as referred to by a female Brigsadier in an Anzac Day ceremony I attended with an address referring to 'the men and women who stormed the beaches of Gallipoli". Now that is disrespect. So shame on women who cannot find the humility to give those that deserve recognition, without muddying the story with self gratuitous fiction.

    In any event International Women's Day has passed and it is a pity the female bigotry used to compensate for at best inferiority complexes and at worst contempt of men doesn't pass with it. While ever women seek special treatment this will be the case.On a serious note also check Bureau of Stats figures for unemployment. In EVERY State men figure worse than women. But hey, just sweep that under the carpet.


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