Camper vans with derogatory slogans are under fire from the CWA.
Camper vans with derogatory slogans are under fire from the CWA. Megan Kinninment

CWA commits to drive derogatory slogans off the road

Country Women's Association members have had enough of offensive slogans plastered across rental vans, with the annual NSW conference endorsing an action plan to have vehicles with artwork promoting sexism, racism and violence banned from Australian roads.

Of particular concern are vans hired out by Wicked Campers, with perceived offensive messages prompting Queensland, the ACT and Tasmania to pass recent legislation allowing vehicles to be deregistered if the Advertising Standards Bureau upholds complaints.

The CWA of NSW would like similar legislation passed in its home state but would also welcome action at the federal level on a uniform approach.

Delegates at last week's conference in Albury passed a motion by the Bangalow branch to have non-compliant vehicles banned.

Bangalow branch president Di Campbell said: "If we are serious about treating women, and indeed everyone, with respect, and are serious about creating a community free of violence, sexism and racism, we need to vigorously campaign to have the NSW Government pass laws which ban this offensive advertising on vehicles."

CWA of NSW State President Stephanie Stanhope agreed: "It's time every state took a stand on these unacceptable slogans, and organisations like ours support the changes necessary to eliminate this kind of disrespect from our communities. When statements and slogans degrade people and cause an enormous amount of offence, then it's time to act."

Ms Stanhope said anyone could see and read the offensive slogans as the vehicles were right in front of people on the roads, parked in the street and beside families in camping grounds.

"Parents driving with children are confronted with questions about what the words and messages mean. These slogans are way out of step with community standards," she said.

The CWA of NSW Facebook page carries strong support for its leaders' stance, with one mother noting that even her 14-year-old son wanted a ban on slogans treating girls and women with such disrespect.

"He is disgusted each and every day by the way boys treat girls these days, and the threat some girls feel as the receiver of offensively sexual behaviour inflicted on them," she wrote.

Another commented on the slogans: "The way they denigrate women and girls is vile." 

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