Media release: Racism Stops With You (12/6/13)
Women’s organisation joins forces with over 100 organisations to stop racism.
WIRE Women’s Information and Referral Exchange Inc. is proud to join forces with over 100 of Australia’s leading businesses, sporting bodies and NGOs to support the “Racism. It stops with me” campaign.
Research[i] from 2011 revealed that one in seven Australians said they had experienced discrimination because of their colour or background, a figure that has been increasing steadily in recent years. Research[ii] has also shown 70 per cent of people agree that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people are prejudiced against each other.
The national campaign, which has been developed by a partnership of government and non-government agencies, will run until 2015.
“In order to address the barriers to racial equality in Australia, we need leadership from all sections of the community,” said Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission and Acting Race Discrimination Commissioner. “I am delighted that we have received such strong encouragement from our supporters.
WIRE Women’s Information CEO Samiro Douglas could not agree more with Professor Gillian Triggs’ comments. “Women are often in a double bind as they face both cultural as well as gender discrimination. The only way we as a community can stop racist and sexist acts is for each of us to take personal responsibility to counter this behaviour whenever it happens,” said WIRE CEO Samiro Douglas.”
To support the campaign, Victorian not-for-profit women’s service WIRE Women’s Information has affirmed in a pledge that it will undertake activities over the next three years that will prevent racism. For more information about the campaign visit itstopswithme.humanrights.gov.au/ or follow on Twitter @ItStopsWithMe. For more information about WIRE Women’s Information visit www.wire.org.au or call 1300 134 130.
[i] Australian Multicultural Foundation 2011, Mapping Social Cohesion Summary Report 2011 http://amf.net.au/entry/mapping-social-cohesion-the-scanlon-foundation-surveys-2011 (accessed 11/6/13)
[ii] Reconciliation Australia 2012, Australian Reconciliation Barometer 2012 http://www.reconciliation.org.au/home/resources/australian-reconciliation-barometer (accessed 11/6/13)
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