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A protestor at a demonstration against rape. Rape statistics collected by the police do not reflect the high levels of under-reporting. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Rewriting the script around South Africa’s rape statistics

South Africa needs a new rape policy that will change the way the police collect statistics.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his state and territory counterparts have promised a stronger national response to violence against women – but will they deliver? Stefan Postles/AAP

Australia’s ‘urgent’ action on family violence has fallen years behind

Australia's federal and state leaders have pledged "urgent collective action" on violence against women. But a closer look at COAG's new action plan reveals we're already years behind on key measures.
Fewer than one in three surgical trainees are women and the numbers fall as doctors reach advanced training. racorn/Shutterstock

Yes, sexism is rife in surgery – and it’s time to do something about it

In a high-pressure surgical environment, where older male consultants dominate, and there is great competition for training positions and jobs, women are vulnerable to sexual harassment.
Break up the fights early. Teenage fight via Olly/Shutterstock

Gender stereotypes make teenagers more accepting of violence

Teenagers’ opinions about when violence is acceptable or not can be influenced by the way they perceive men and women and the relationships between them. Simply telling young people that violence is wrong…
A convicted rapist is no role model for this young fan. Darren Staples/Reuters

Time to stop playing nice about misogyny in sports

The persistence of violence against women across the globe is well documented, but what part do sports play in gendered aggression? It seems shocking to claim that sports and violence against women are…
The alarming aspect of today’s survey findings is that younger Australians aged 16 to 25 were more likely to hold attitudes that excuse or trivialise sexual assault. AAP/Newzulu/Gail Orenstein

Rape culture: why our community attitudes to sexual violence matter

Results from the National Community Attitudes Towards Violence Against Women (NCAS) 2013 Survey have been released today by VicHealth, and there is reason to be concerned about Australians’ attitudes to…
Until recently, violence against women was not reported prominently or consistently by mainstream media. Why not? Dave Malkoff

Behind media silence on domestic violence are blokey newsrooms

Did the grim story of dapper real estate agent Gerard Baden-Clay’s calculated murder of his wife Allison in April 2012, played out recently in a Brisbane court with a life sentence, make you feel afraid…
Gerard Baden-Clay’s murder of his wife Allison has helped put the spectre of domestic violence firmly back in the national spotlight. How prevalent is it? AAP/Dan Peled

Out of the shadows: the rise of domestic violence in Australia

Once a hidden crime, domestic violence has in recent years emerged as a mainstream criminal justice issue in Australia. Cases such as Queensland man Gerard Baden-Clay’s murder of his wife Allison and the…
Violence against women can be fostered in the workplace. Flickr/BenThompson

The banality of evil: violence against women

“How do you describe it? What alphabet do you employ? What words? What language? What silence, what scream?” The late Jacob Rosenberg, author and poet, poses these questions in explaining the evil of the…
Pistorius trial has kept violence against women on the frontpage. Kim Ludbrook/EPA

Who is killing women in South Africa? The inconvenient truth

Who is responsible for violence towards women? This question runs like a thread through some of the public discourses swirling around the trial of athlete Oscar Pistorius. In some ways he represents an…

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