Funding cuts to the Tweed Valley Women’s Service are expected to be debated in NSW parliament on March 9, after a petition led by federal Richmond MP Justine Elliot (Labor) reached 10,000 signatures.
A big advertising campaign but no increased support for services for women
$30m National advertising campaign against domestic violence
On 20 April 2016 a new $30 million advertising campaign targeting domestic violence was announced by the Social Services Minister Christian Porter and Minister for Women Michaelia Cash.
Senator Cash said Australians needed to “stop accepting or excusing disrespectful behaviour” and hoped the campaign would help so-called “influencers” — parents, teachers, employers and others — become more aware of their actions.
Social Services Minister Christian Porter, who described the campaign as “very confronting”, said politicians could also take responsibility.
“It’s somewhat unhelpful I think in the interaction between men and women in politics when men overdo it, are too loud, too aggressive,” he said.
“The flip side to that is for young women watching politics … to see people like Michaelia and to see other great female members of parliament from both sides of politics who are firm, who are giving as good as they get.”
This appears to be a fairly lukewarm admission that in parliament the worst behaviour is when men 'overdo it' and are 'loud and aggressive' but, at the same time, it does not really matter because 'strong' female MPs can match what they get.
A Canadian MP, the Honourable Michelle Rempel recently wrote about everyday sexism in the Canadian legislature. Rempel concludes:
If you’ve ever sung along to violent misogynistic lyrics, bought a girl a Barbie when they wanted the Meccano set, attributed a woman’s success to her sexual skills, cat-called a woman, assumed a pregnant woman wants her belly to be touched by you, stayed silent during a disgusting sexist joke, assumed your female partner was going to clean your house and make dinner because of traditional gender segregation of housework, stayed quiet while a friend is abusing a woman, or if you’ve abused a woman yourself, you’re the problem, not her.
Bottom line, I shouldn’t have to mentor the young women on my staff with tips and tricks to combat sexism.
If it’s truly 2016, sexism should be your problem to deal with, not simply ours.
See here for some of the response to the article by Ms Rempel.
- See more at: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2016/04/20/ad-campaign-to-combat-disrespect-to-women.html#sthash.ij7aSpV3.dpuf