Why Isn't Violence Against Women A National Crisis, The Project Asks
Ten women have been violently killed this month, and Carrie Bickmore is pleading for you to pay attention.
"Why isn’t this a national crisis?" the host of The Project asked on Wednesday night.
"Why aren’t we talking about this. Why aren’t we all leaping into action?"
A number of Australian women have been killed while doing the most normal and mundane of daily activities -- standing outside their home, looking after children, taking a walk on the beach.
Destroy The Joint's 'Counting Dead Women' project has tracked at least 56 women killed in violent incidents in 2018, already above the number counted in 2017 -- and with two months still left in the year. The Project said this was a crisis "slowly unfolding in relative silence".
"Sure these murders are reported in news bulletins but they haven’t got the whole country panicking. 57 women have been murdered this year," Bickmore said.
"Is it just that we’ve become so used to women dying through violence that we’ve run out of words?"
The Project compared near-instant action on terrorism, strawberry contamination and drought -- all very important issues and necessary interventions, to be clear -- to the relative silence that politicians have maintained on the growing death toll of women.
Many have pleaded for the federal government to step in and address or at least acknowledge the recent spate, which The Project called a "national crisis".
"Last month, in the face of a strawberry contamination crisis which threatened public safety and people’s livelihoods, the country was justifiably jumpy," Bickmore said.
"And as our farmers continue to struggle through one of the toughest droughts in memory, the government and the people have rallied."
"But just this month, at least ten women have been killed at the hands of violent perpetrators. Six of them in just five days. Why isn’t this a national crisis?"