Violence against women has ripple effects that spread out through lives and communities. Once you know that, you can see those ripples all around you. You can see them destabilising people’s health, their aspirations and their relationships. They are present in all kinds of insidious ways, in the media, politics and even economics, in the gaps and silences where women’s voices should be heard. I want a society where girls and women don’t have to live with the fear of violence and where, if it does occur, they know that they have the full support of those around them.
I find it almost inconceivable that, in Sydney today, I live amongst women and children who are denied their basic human rights on the basis of gender, and that this is largely ignored.