Empowering young Aussies to reject unhealthy relationships


GIRL Guides will now talk about relationships, gender equality and abuse in a new program aimed at ending violence against girls and young women.

The new Voices against Violence program will enable these topics to be discussed in a safe and supportive environment.

Senator Michaelia Cash said this grassroots movement sought to prevent violence through targeting younger generations and creating cultural change.

Sen Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, said there was a gap in public advocacy that must be addressed.

"In 2015, it is staggering that there are no global campaigns dedicated to addressing violence against girls and young women," she said.

"It is critical that our younger generations are empowered to speak out against violence in the community whilst also understanding what constitutes a healthy relationship."

Voices against Violence is an interactive, child and youth centred program designed to be delivered to boys and girls.

It has been developed in partnership with UN Women and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

The Federal Government will contribute $25,498 in funding to allow the Girl Guides to deliver the Voices against Violence program.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, phone 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit

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