ESG Matters @ Ashurst

Eliminating violence against women and girls

Cindy Torrens, program manager at an Australian front-line agency, and Sean Callaghan, a researcher based in the UK, reflect on what more can be done to end violence against women and girls.

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About this episode

The statistics are stark and confronting. One in three women globally will experience physical or sexual violence during their lifetime, most likely inflicted by an intimate partner. And more than 140 million girls and women alive today have experienced female genital cutting.

In this episode of ESG Matters, we look at the causes and risks of violence against women and girls. We highlight the barriers to preventing this, and we look for signs that progress can be made.

Ashurst pro bono lawyers Alison Elliott and Emma Minimbi hear a frontline account from Cindy Torrens, who manages the Throughcare team at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in the Northern Territory. And they speak with Sean Callaghan from the Orchid Project, who conducts research into female genital cutting and provides data to organisations working to eliminate this practice.

Support is available
If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, you can contact these organisations for support:


Alison Elliott
Counsel, Pro Bono (Australia)
+61 2 9258 5658
Emma Minimbi
Pro Bono Consultant
Port Moresby
+675 309 2036
Guest Speaker - Cindy Torrens
Program Manager, North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency
Guest Speaker - Sean Callaghan
Researcher, Orchid Project
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