Violence against women has a profound and devastating impact on women, their families and communities.

Globally, it is reported that more than one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or abused in some other way, most often by someone she knows, including her husband or another male family member.

In addition, violence against women is estimated to cost the global economy $13.6 trillion annually. 

Australia’s message on International Day for Ending Violence against Women is clear – violence against women and girls is unacceptable anywhere, anytime and in whatever form it takes. 

Today I announce the Australian Government is providing $6 million to the United Nations Trust Fund to Eliminate Violence Against Women over the next three years.

The United Nations Fund to Eliminate Violence against Women, which is administered by UN Women, provides competitive grants to governments and non-government organisations to help prevent and respond to violence against women. 

Addressing sexual and gender based violence has also been a key component of the Australian Government’s response to the humanitarian crises in Syria and Iraq. 

Australia recently provided $7 million to support access to shelter and expanded case management services, training for healthcare staff and the delivery of medical assistance in Syria. 

Living free of violence and from the fear of violence is a basic human right for women and girls. The Federal Government will continue to provide leadership on this issue, within Australia, in our region and globally.

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