'War on women: to do nothing is to be complicit' | Law

'War on women: to do nothing is to be complicit'

Associate Professor Andrea Durbach writes in ABC - The Drum (30 November 2012).

"The case studies detailed in Jacqui True's book The Political Economy Of Violence Against Women, and those portrayed in the documentary film Half the Sky which premiered this week, speak of lives in places far away where the pain and trauma of the violence is experienced by women who are among the most 'displaced, disinherited and impoverished' in the world.

One in three Australian women over the age of 15 has experienced and will report physical or sexual violence at some time in their lives. Although the political, economic and cultural lives of women in Australia are, in the main, immeasurably different from those of women who live through war and political and cultural subjugation, when I accompanied the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Ms Rashida Manjoo, on a study tour across Australia earlier this year, the testimony we heard was despairingly and disturbingly similar in one key respect."

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