Australia supports Partners for Prevention to end violence across Asia and the Pacific

A joint media release from Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Kevin Rudd MP and Minister for the Status of Women, The Hon Kate Ellis MP. Australia is a strong supporter of White Ribbon Day, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and the Minister for the Status of Women, Kate Ellis, today announced $1 million over the next four years to support Partners for Prevention in its work with men across Asia and the Pacific to end violence against women. Mr Rudd said Partners for Prevention is an innovative joint United Nations program that involves governments, civil society and United Nations agencies working together to change attitudes and prevent violence. "This investment will help develop research and training materials on gender based violence to support governments and other organisations in their work from Bangladesh to Vietnam," Mr Rudd said. "As a White Ribbon Ambassador, I am committed to playing a role in ending violence against women in Australia and internationally. I appeal to men around the world to join me in calling for an end to this violence. " Ms Ellis said Partners for Prevention recognises that men and boys are key partners in ending violence against women. "Partners for Prevention seeks to prevent violence through public campaigns to change community attitudes and behaviours surrounding violence against women," Ms Ellis said. "It forms part of Australia’s broader support for organisations to raise community awareness to stop violence against women before it happens and promote women’s rights." For more information on how Australia is supporting an end to violence against women, click here.

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