In order to break the chain of inter-generational violence, we need to tackle the root causes of violence against women and girls. We need to change the behaviour and attitudes of men, and challenge masculine stereotypes, which make aggression and violence against women acceptable. We need to promote the concept of men as caring fathers and supportive partners. We need more male role models and champions to take action and condemn violence.

The International Day of the Girl Child 2018 respectfully draws attention for the need to support today’s generation of girls as they enter the world of work, both in terms of education and skills, and the human right to protection from discrimination and violence.

For women and girls caught in crises, crushing violence and exploitation are realities that need far more urgent action, argues Sharman Stone, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls

I was struck by the beauty of the country and the determination of its people. Some of my ancestors sailed from Scotland to be missionaries in the Pacific, and I can see why they thought they had arrived in the Garden of Eden.