Staff, students and friends of VU gathered to show their solidarity and support for survivors of violence, at the 10th Walk Against Family Violence on Friday, 23 November, 2018.
Part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the walk, which finished at Federation Square, honoured the countless people who have lost their lives to family violence and showed support for the survivors who continue to experience abuse.
The contingent from the VU community braved the elements and marched behind a banner made by staff and students.
“Some staff came with their teenage sons, and it was especially moving when the names of women (and ages and genders of their children) murdered in 2018 were rolling on the big screen at Federation Square. I am very proud of our community and the support showed by VU community.”
Marian Cronin, Respect & Responsibility Manager
There are plenty of opportunities for staff and students to get involved with 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
This Wednesday (28 November) is a free Women’s Financial Empowerment seminar for women, focusing on promoting women’s independence and decision-making through financial empowerment. Participants will have the chance to take part in a unique opportunity: a Story Circle (led by VU and Women’s Health West) encouraging participants of 16 Days to share their thoughts and experiences of gender inequality. These stories – telling others who we are and where we come from – help build connections, encourage empathy, and help create community.