The Australian Government has announced $1 million in funding to expand White Ribbon Day activities in rural and regional Australia over the next four years.

The Federal Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, said the White Ribbon Foundation aimed to eliminate violence against women by promoting culture-change around the issue.

In the lead-up to last year’s election, Ms Saffin advocated to Kevin Rudd for support of the White Ribbon Campaign, in recognition that public and media attention is an important plank of any campaign aimed at stopping behaviour, in this case violence against women, which is endemic in Australia.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, one in three Australian women will experience physical violence, and almost one in five will experience sexual violence in their lifetime.

Ms Saffin said she is committed to doing whatever she can to promote the stopping of violence against women and to give support to the women who are victims of such violence.

“The Rudd Government recognises there are particular issues for women who experience violence in rural and regional areas where they may be isolated or lack access to police and crisis services.

 “The White Ribbon Campaign with its appointment of Ambassadors, including our Chancellor of Southern Cross University John Dowd AO, is well-placed to send a clear message to the men in our community that it is never acceptable to use violence against women.

“The Government’s support of White Ribbon Day activities (on November 25) is part of our commitment to a National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and Children, which is being developed by an expert council.”