Never heard of Mark Dreyfus? He’s the member for Isaacs (in Victoria, which is why this Sydney woman can’t vote for him). You should get to know him. Here’s a bit of what he said in the House of Reps yesterday ahead of White Ribbon Day:
It was a recognition that for gender based violence to be eliminated men need to take responsibility for that violence and to work to prevent it.
Preventing violence against women requires us to address the underlying issues of sexism, lack of respect for women and a sense of privilege that many men enjoy. It requires us to work to change attitudes, emotions and behaviours that support violence such as sexist jokes. Beliefs that women are inferior or that some women ‘deserve it’ or were ‘asking for it’ do not simply encourage violence; they create a culture in which silence becomes the acceptable response to violence against women.
Tomorrow, male politicians will have the opportunity to join the My Oath campaign:
never to commit violence against women,
never to excuse violence against women, and
never to remain silent about violence against women.
This is my oath.
It will be interesting to see who doesn’t.