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National Summit on Women’s Safety – Statement from Delegates


Everyone has the right to safety. Addressing all forms of gender-based violence, including domestic, family and sexual violence, must be a priority for all Australians to achieve our shared vision of a community free of violence against women and children.

This Delegate Statement captures the voices of delegates and participants, including those with diverse lived experience, who participated in the 2021 Women’s Safety Summit held on 6 and 7 September and the thematic roundtables held on 2 and 3 September.

This includes delegates from each jurisdiction nominated by members of the Taskforce, as well as members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council on family, domestic and sexual violence and the National Plan Advisory Group. It has been drafted by the lead delegates nominated by each jurisdiction. It is not an exhaustive record of the richness of the discussions that have been held over four days, but a summary of key themes and ideas identified by delegates.

Listening must continue beyond the Summit, so that all voices are heard and inform the design of actions in the next National Plan. We call on the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to make ending gender-based violence a national priority.

Alisha Small

Author Alisha Small

My name is Alisha and I am the Program Coordinator for the PHPN. I am based in Karratha at the RCS and WACRH offices however, I travel regularly throughout the Pilbara.

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