To mark this year's United Nations Day, the United Nations Association of Australia (Victorian Division) in partnership with AusAID held a public forum on 'Violence Against Women is a Global Epidemic: Prevention, Early Intervention and Response' on Thursday 24 October in Melbourne.
The event featured presentations by representatives from Victoria Police, White Ribbon, World Vision and Berry Street, followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Professor Jacqui True from Monash University. UNAA Victorian Division's Past President, Graham Hunter, opened the event by reading the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's UN Day message.
A video about the UN Secretary General's campaign UNiTE to End Violence Against Women was also screened at Federation Square in the lead up to the event.
Photos from the event are available here.
Guest speakers included:
- Stephen Fontana, Assistant Commissioner, Victoria Police
- Roscel Diego, Gender Advisor, International Programs, World Vision
- Murray McInnis, Director and Lead Ambassador (Legal Sector), White Ribbon
- Fran O’Toole, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Director of Services, Berry Street
- Professor Jacqui True, Professor of Politics & International Relations, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Arts, Monash University
Unfortunately we weren't able to screen Women’s Learning Partnership's documentary, From Fear to Freedom: Ending Violence Against Women as initially planned. However, it is available online here.
About United Nations Day
"This year again, we saw the United Nations come together on armed conflict, human rights, the environment and many other issues. We continue to show what collective action can do. We can do even more. In a world that is more connected, we must be more united. On United Nations Day, let us pledge to live up to our founding ideals and work together for peace, development and human rights. "
- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.
24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948.
For more information about United Nations Day, please visit www.un.org/en/events/unday/.
For more information about this event please contact Natasha on (03) 9670 7878 or via email .