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Women demand Action: Safety. Respect. Equity

Ahead of the Federal election and on the eve of International Women's Day, a group of Australian, female leaders including Grace Tame and Brittany Higgins issued a letter to Australians and a video on Sunday saying it was time to end injustice and inequality.

The group is "demanding action from leaders on the treatment and safety of women, after a year of talking about the need for change," as Katina Curtis reports in the Sydney Morning Herald.

The group wants: - all recommendations from the Respect@Work report on ending workplace harassment implemented, - stronger and consistent child sexual assault laws, and - action on the national plan for First Nations women and girls, the Wiyi Yani U Thangani report.

It also wants: - 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave and expanded paid parental leave legislated; - the gender pay gap eliminated; effective employment programs for women with disability; - free, accessible and quality childcare; and - education about respectful relationships and consent embedded everywhere including schools, universities, workplaces and homes. The group includes:

Businesswomen Lucy Turnbull, Christine Holgate and Wendy McCarthy, Paralympian Madison de Rozario, youth activists Yasmin Poole and Chanel Contos, former MP Julia Banks, union leader Michele O’Neil, academic and Indigenous advocate Larissa Behrendt, and early childhood advocate Georgie Dent.

Further Reading:

Guardian Australia: We will Not be Silent

Sydney Morning Herald: Tired of Empty Promises

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