Australian gov't urged to fund more to stop violence against women
More than half of Australian women have experienced violence in their lifetime and the government's funding to stop violence needs to be doubled, Amnesty International said on Monday.
"We are calling on the government to make significant funding to stop violence against women available in this year's budget," Director of Amnesty International Australia Claire Mallinson said.
The federal government will introduce a national action plan to stop violence against women, but Mallinson said it would only be effective if it provided 50 million Australia dollars (317 million U.S. dollars) a year, Xinhua reported.
"Plans of action fail to reduce violence against women because they're not properly funded," Mallinson said in a statement.
According to Mallinson, more than 55 percent of women in Australia have experienced some sort of violence during their lifetime.