Minister for Human Services
Today’s International Day of the Girl Child is About Basic Human Rights
11 October, 2015

Today is the fourth annual International Day of the Girl Child – a day to recognise the rights of girls and to recognise the injustices and unique challenges that many young girls and women face around the world.

Statistics showing high levels of physical and sexual violence against girls and women are abhorrent and alarming.But while such practices as forced marriages and Female Genital Mutilation tend to occur more in developing countries, we know that family violence and the abuse of the basic human rights of girls and women is a problem everywhere.

That’s why the Hodgman Liberal Government has committed nearly $26 million to implement Tasmania’s first family violence action plan.

Through Safe Homes, Safe Families: Tasmania’s Family Violence Action Plan 2015-2020, we will bring family violence out from behind closed doors and invest funding in initiatives aimed at early intervention as well as holding perpetrators to account.

On this International Day of the Girl Child, it is positive to reflect on the efforts we are taking in Tasmania to protect Tasmanian girls and women from violence.

Every girl has a right to grow up in a safe and supportive community, and we should all work towards the goal of improving the access of girls around the world to basic human rights.