26 September 2023

Women’s Safety Summit to line up online

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The Government has decided that next month’s National Summit on Women’s Safety will be delivered virtually as a result of continued COVID-19 restrictions.

Minister for Women, Senator Marise Payne said the Summit, on 6 and 7 September, would bring together experts, advocates and service providers from across Australia as well as people with lived experience of violence.

“Key sessions will be live-streamed to allow all Australians to engage with the Summit,” Senator Payne said.

“While our preference was to hold the Summit in person, given the current COVID-19 situation, the event will now be held online to ensure that this important part of the consultation process for the next National Plan goes ahead.”

She said the Summit would cover a broad range of issues including economic security and financial independence, perpetrator interventions and responding to sexual violence.

Minister for Women’s Safety, Anne Ruston (pictured) said the Summit was an important opportunity to put a national spotlight on the commitment to create a future where women and children were free from violence.

“The next National Plan is ambitious and will address emerging and evolving issues such as technology-facilitated abuse and coercive control,” Senator Ruston said.

She said participants would be contacted by the event organiser with further information on the Summit website.

During the Summit, live-streaming will be available to watch at this PS News link.

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