By JULIE MCKAY
I am not sure that gender equality has ever been more widely debated in the mainstream media as it has been in the last 12 months. Mainstream media is paying attention to women’s issues, and women’s media outlets are finally getting the attention and credit they deserve. Among this increased attention are reports of issues affecting women every day in Australia and overseas, such as the pay gap, balancing work and family, and violence against women. If any women’s issue has grabbed the nation’s attention in the past six months, it’s violence against women. The gang rape and death of a young student in India, Malala Yousafzai shot in the head by the Taliban, a woman burned alive for ‘sorcery’ in Papua New Guinea, the tragic and cruel death of Jill Meagher. The coverage of these high-profile cases is very important, however we must not lose sight of everyday stories of neglect and violence which so rarely make the news. I wonder what it would take to turn momentary public outrage about specific incidents into a lasting drive for change and world free from violence.