World focus on violence against women

Friday marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. To observe the occasion the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) will hold a special online event.


Keynote speakers at the event, organised by the Office for Justice, Ecology and Peace, will include Bishop Vincent Long, Chair of the Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service, and Michael Jeh, Ambassador for Small Steps 4 Hannah.  


Small Steps 4 Hannah was set up by the family of Hannah Clarke after her partner murdered her and their three children in Brisbane in 2020, a tragedy that shocked Australia.


In August, the ACBC issued its 2022 – 2023 Social Justice Statement, Respect: Confronting Violence and Abuse which focused on the ongoing problem of violence against women and children.


The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women will also mark the launch of the UNiTE campaign that will run from November 25 to December 10.


Led by the UN Secretary-General and UN Women since 2008, the campaign aims to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls around the world. It calls for global action to increase awareness, promote advocacy and create opportunities for discussion on challenges and solutions.



Friday also marks the beginning of the ‘16 Days of Activism’ against gender based violence. Many organisations in Australia and around the world have organised campaigns. Christine Carolan from Australian Catholic Religious against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) and Shatha Jajo from Jesuit Refugee Services will share information about their plans for this initiative.


For details about the ACBC event go to: Event for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – Office for Social Justice (


For details about International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women go to:


To listen to a Figuring out Families podcast on human trafficking with Christine Carolan from ACRATH go

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