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Calling on the ACT Government to fund respectful relationships education in primary schools!

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Respect NOW is a campaign calling on the ACT Government to fund YWCA Canberra's primary violence prevention program, Respect, Communicate, Choose, to help us end violence against women.

Since 1929, YWCA Canberra has worked to create a world where women and their children are safe from violence, and where a culture of gender equality and fairness protects the rights of all people.

This year, we have already seen a number of women killed as a result of intimate partner violence, and we know that it’s time for change.

Research demonstrates that one way to reduce violence against women and children is through primary prevention. By educating primary school age children about respectful relationships, we can enact a cultural change that will reduce violence against women and children in the long-term.

Our Respect, Communicate, Choose program works with young people aged 9 – 12, to build knowledge and skills to develop, maintain and promote equal, safe and respectful relationships.

This evidence-based program has not received funding from the Federal or ACT Governments since March 2014. Currently there are no primary violence prevention programs being run in our ACT schools. For primary prevention programs to work, they need to be run consistently over several years, and all children in the community need to have access to the program.

Our Respect NOW campaign calls on the ACT Government to implement $200,000 of funding per year over three years to deliver Respect, Communicate, Choose to all ACT public primary schools.

Our Respect Champions, the University of Canberra Capitals basketball team, are lending their voice to the call. Together we’ll be working with young people to make paper cranes as a gesture of hope for a world free from violence, and we’ll amplify this message through our social media networks.

Sign below to add your voice to our call for Joy Burch, Minister for Education, and Yvette Berry, Minister for Women & Minister assisting the Chief Minister for Social Inclusion and Equality, to allocate $200,000 per year for three years, to run Respect, Communicate, Choose in all public ACT primary schools!

You can also help by:

1.      Sending a letter to Minister Berry, Minister Burch, or your local MLA, asking them to champion this issue to their colleagues. See below for a pro-forma letter you can use!

2.      Sharing the petition with your friends.

3.      Taking a photo with a paper crane, and share your wish for a future free from violence against women - @ywcacanberra #RespectNOW

Find out more about YWCA Canberra and RespectNOW at


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