Victoria To Participate In UN Conference On Status Of Women

Minister for Women and the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson will tomorrow represent Victoria at the United Nations Commission for the Status of Women annual conference.

The conference will help inform the Andrews Labor Government’s response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence, which is due to report on 29 March.

Ms Richardson – alongside Member for Melton Don Nardella and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas – will join other political leaders from around the world to attend the CSW60 conference on women’s empowerment and global equality at the UN headquarters in New York.

They will join hundreds of other delegates to review the advances made in eliminating and preventing of all forms of violence against women and girls and examine the link between women’s empowerment and sustainable development.

The Commission for the Status of Women is the principal global intergovernmental body that is exclusively dedicated to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The delegation comes as the deadline for submissions for Victoria’s first-ever gender equality strategy ends next week on 18 March.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Women and the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson

“Family violence is a national emergency. I want to see what the rest of the world is doing to prevent violence and improve the status of women so I can bring back their ideas to help Victorian families.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is determined to fix the broken system of family violence and we know this will only be possible if we also address gender inequality and do more to empower women.”