APA joins UN to stop violence against women

Friday 11 January 11, 2013- for immediate release


On 16 December 2012 Jyoti Singh Pandey, a 23 year old Indian physiotherapy student, was viciously beaten and gang raped in Delhi. She died thirteen days later.

In the lead up to International Women’s Day, 8 March 2013, the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and the wider physiotherapy community is fundraising for UN Women Australia’s campaign to end violence against women. 

APA members have already generously donated more than $2000 to UN Women Australia, put up anti-violence posters in their workplaces, and committed to talk to their patients about this important issue. 

World Confederation for Physical Therapy - Asia Western Pacific Region Chair, Gillian Webb said that the issue strikes close to the hearts of physiotherapists across the region.

‘Not only was Miss Singh Pandey a dedicated physiotherapy student with a bright future ahead of her, but all too often physiotherapists are called to treat and rehabilitate the victims of violence and trauma,’ Ms Webb explained.

‘Healthcare providers are an essential link in the coordinated effort to break the cycle of violence and build a healthy community. One of the key issues we are working on in the Asia West Pacific Region is the development of leadership in the health profession to move forward in this area.’

‘Violence against women is one of the most widespread human rights abuses across the globe,’ APA CEO Cris Massis said. ‘It affects women of all ages, races, and cultures overseas and in our own backyard. Physiotherapy is a female-orientated industry, and women make up more than 70 per cent of the APA. As a community, we want to take a stand and help stop this appalling cruelty.’



UN Women works in over 100 countries across the world empowering women and girls, ensuring that they are given the same educational and economic opportunities, ending violence against women and ensuring that women’s voices are heard in every facet of society.

For more information, or to donate to the UN Women Australia’s campaign to end violence, visit the website: give.everydayhero.com/au/APA

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For further information, please contact:
Erik Froese
Australian Physiotherapy Association
P: (+61) 3 9092 0829 M (+61) 457 963 675
E erik.froese@physiotherapy.asn.au