We believe that an aware and conscious society is most suited to address issues. As a first world developed nation with above average quality of life, this is the time to tackle some global issues that put humanity to shame.
We believe, very strongly, that Australia is a progressive nation that can lead the world and promote Human Rights locally and globally.
Amongst many campaigns, two of our most important campaigns focus on women, and their right to life with dignity.
Her Name Matters seeks to abolish the foundation of an unequal and unjust society that pressures women to adopt the surnames of their fathers and husbands.
A name matters. Your name is a part of your identity, your sense of self, and your self-worth. No one should ever be forced or pressured to change their name.
The Her Name Matters campaign seeks to empower and educate women about their choices regarding their surname. Currently, societal pressure and government regulations enforce the practice of women changing their names after marriage. This social norm dates back to a sexist and misogynistic period in our history, where women were considered the property of their fathers and husbands. Changing this practice is a step towards greater equality and respect for women everywhere.
We hope to end the suppression of the female identity and we seek to change the legislation to make this a reality.
To find out more about the Her Name Matters campaign, and to pledge your support, visit our website:
Her Name Matters
Female feticide is the practice of aborting a fetus when it is female. It stems from the outdated and misogynistic view that male children are superior to female children. In some parts of the world today, girls are being denied the right to live based simply on the fact that they are female.
“According to UN statistics it is estimated there are up to 200 million girls that are missing globally.”
Reggie Littlejohn | President, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers
“Today, India and China eliminate more girls than the number of girls born in America every year.”
Dr. Sabu George | Public Health Activist
Having a child should always be cause for celebration and excitement. But when a culture prioritises having male children over the lives of their potential daughters, it leads to female feticide. Patriarchal societies view sons as more valuable, both economically and socially.
This practice embodies discrimination against women at the earliest stages. Advances in gender-detecting technology at early stages of pregnancy have caused the number of gender-selective abortions to increase in the past twenty years. If we want this practice to stop, we need to change the way that women are viewed in society. We can only achieve this through education, female empowerment and spreading awareness of these important issues.