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Violence against women and children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.


News and events

ANROWS hosts events as part of its knowledge transfer and exchange work, including public lectures, workshops and research launches. Details of upcoming ANROWS activities and news are available from the list on the right.



ANROWS was established by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.



To support the take-up of evidence, ANROWS offers a range of resources developed from research to support practitioners and policy-makers in delivering evidence-based interventions.


The international drive to achieve gender equality and the elimination of gender-based violence against women and girls

This resource captures the opening address for the Inaugural Asia–Pacific Conference on Gendered Violence and Violations. The speech was presented by Emeritus Professor Anne R. Edwards AO on 23 February 2016. 

In her speech, Emeritus Professor Anne R. Edwards AO explores how Australia is tackling the complex problem of gender-based violence through its National Plan to End Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022 (the National Plan).

The speech specifically focuses on ANROWS’s role in assisting the realisation of the National Plan, but also reflects on how this domestic approach aligns closely with the international strategic approach of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (outlined in its report, Elimination and Prevention of All Forms of Violence against Women and Girls). Finally, the speech also acknowledges the challenges involved in making progress to address the historical and structural causes of gender-based inequality, discrimination and violence.

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