As part of the sixteen days of Activism to End Violence Against Women & Children , I watched ‘Driving with Selvi’ for the Human Rights Film Festival (HRAFF). Following this I participated in a post screening panel with representatives from Macauley Family Services and Plan International’s ‘Because I’m A Girl’ campaign. We reviewed the importance of structural solutions to addressing misogynistic culture, starting with education (eg Respectful Relationships) to structural reform from government funding welfare, legal support and financial counselling services. 
This global epidemic has local solutions- deployed in tandem with resourcing women survivors to be agents of change themselves.  

It requires political will, a culture of change in understanding equality and involvement of women themselves in leading the change they want to see. 
A terrific discussion following a thought provoking film. Kudos to Maribyrnong City Council for holding this event and actively supporting the campaign to end violence against women. 
#saveaseat #immyownguardian #endmisogyny #endsexism #endviolenceagainstwomenandgirls