Candlelight Vigil

Join us to commemorate women who have been murdered in 2018 due to domestic violence

As part of the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, Bonnie Support Services will be facilitating a Candlelight Vigil on the 22nd of November, to remember the women who have lost their lives to domestic and family violence this year.

If you are feeling as OUTRAGED as we are about the high rate of murder of women in this country, then please JOIN US to stand in solidarity with all women who have experienced abuse.

This year our country has already seen the loss of more than 55 women to violence. Last year the total of women who lost their lives to violence was 53, and we are not even at the end of this year yet.

This is DEVASTATING and UNACCEPTABLE.

We need to stand strong together, as a community, to send a powerful message that things need to change. WOMEN AND CHILDREN HAVE THE HUMAN RIGHT TO LIVE THEIR LIVES FREE FROM VIOLENCE.

Please join us at our powerful Candlelight Vigil event on Thursday 22 November from 6 pm at Liverpool Macquarie Mall (look for the big screens and that’s where you will find us).

The event will feature:

  • Inspiring guest speakers, including respected community activist, Dixie Link-Gordon; White Ribbon Ambassador, Danny Mikati; Traditional Owner, Aunty Mae Robinson; Bonnie’s Executive Officer, Tracy Phillips; Mr Chris Hayes MP and MORE;
  • a moving shrine to honour the lives of women lost;
  • performers including Zeadala and Mitra;
  • a candle-lighting ceremony;
  • the names of victims of violence will be read out followed by a minute’s silence.

Information and resource materials will also be available for free to members of the public who would like to know more about preventing domestic and family violence in our community.

You will also be able to write a message of hope and support for survivors of domestic and family violence in our Messages of Hope Book, at the event.

By men and women joining together in solidarity against gender-based violence, we send a powerful message to our communities and community leaders, that violence against women and children is absolutely unacceptable, and that help, compassion and support are available.

We hope you can join us at our upcoming Candlelight Vigil.

We thank the Counting Dead Women Australia researchers of Destroy the Joint who do the heartbreaking and difficult work of documenting the number of female deaths in Australia due to violence.

Written by Catherine and Zual

 

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