Eliminating violence against women: Now is the time for action

Cardno is proud to support the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November).
Cardno supports several client programs and has a zero tolerance approach to violence against women in the home and workplace.
Violence against women is a serious international issue impacting women across all demographics, geographic locations and cultural groups. The UN reports that 1 in 3 women and girls experience violence in their lifetimes.
PwC recently reported that the cost of violence against women and their children is estimated to cost $21.7 billion per year in Australia alone.

Cardno would like to take this opportunity to highlight the need to raise public awareness of this pervasive issue. For more information, visit the United Nations website: www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/end-violence-against-women
In her message for 25 November 2014, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said:

“In 1995, close to 20 years ago, 189 governments came together in Beijing. They adopted a Platform for Action that spelled out key strategies to end violence against women, empower women, and achieve gender equality. ... The promises from 20 years ago are still valid today. Together we must make 2015 the year that marks the beginning of the end of gender inequality. Now is the time for action.” (Source: UN Women Executive Director's Message for 2014". UN Women. UN Women. 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014)

Furthermore, promoting gender equality and social inclusion within development is integral to achieving significant and sustainable advancements in health, education, governance, the environment, and the economy, and Cardno is committed to achieving these goals in each of its projects.
Please take a moment to read about some of the important projects Cardno is involved with to help prevent the acceptance of violence against women.
Read more detailed stories in Cardno Connect’s Gender Edition. The stories highlighted in this issue reflect Cardno’s commitment to ensuring women’s active participation in all of its programs and initiatives.
Click here for more information on Cardno’s international development services and the work we are involved in.
Images (from left to right):
  • White Ribbon Day march, Buka, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, November 2014 (Credit: Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) / PALJP-TP)

  • PLP3 provides coalition brokering support to Safe Families program in Solomon Islands (Credit: DFAT / PLP3)

  • Women United Together Marshall Islands, in partnership with Pacific Women, is implementing a comprehensive community engagement program to establish the first ever support services for survivors of violence against women and girls in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (Credit: DFAT / Pacific Women / Emily Miller)