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No More: a national rally calling for action to end gendered sexual, domestic and family violence

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No More: a national rally calling for action to end gendered sexual, domestic and family violence

 

In wake of the Bondi Junction stabbings and the alarming surge in incidents of male violence, specifically against women, the Australian community, including activists and organisations, are uniting for a Nation wide protest, No More: A National Rally Against Violence demanding politicians and change makers take action.

 

Recent statistics paint a grim picture: 29 women have died this year already in Australia at the hands of men, 2 in 5 women have experienced gendered violence since the age of 15 and 53% of women will experience sexual harassment in their lifetime with an estimated 97% of these cases going unreported.

 

Behind these figures lie countless stories of pain, trauma, and shattered lives.

 

Founder and CEO of What Were You Wearing Australia, Sarah Williams, decided to create this National event to call for more action.

 

“Enough is enough. And it has been enough for a long time. We need more action from politicians, and we need them to take these crimes more seriously. In 2012, two men were killed and it triggered a whole new law. Now, more than 60 women are being murdered every year and we are still lacking action.”

 

Ethan Fraser, long time volunteer and CFO at What Were You Wearing, expresses the importance of male support on this issue.

 

“When it’s us men who are the predominant perpetrators of violence, it shouldn’t be left to everyone else and the victims to address and fight the issue. If we aren’t willing to support and continue to deny there’s a problem, nothing will change.”

 

The rallies will run nationally across the 27th and 28th of April with 9 locations already confirmed, with more to be announced in coming days. The rally aims to raise awareness, advocate for change, and urges Australia to address the pressing issue of violence that disproportionately impacts women, queer, disabled and Indigenous people. Rallies will start with a march through prominent streets in each area, followed by speeches, performances and organised activities that aim to help survivor victims process the day, as well as providing a direct link to accessible services for victims.

 

We encourage Australia to join us in taking a stand against the epidemic of gendered violence we are currently experiencing.

 

 

 

Locations

Friday 26th April:

Ballaarat / Ballarat, Bridge Mall, 5pm

 

Mulubinba / Newcastle, Newcastle Museum, 6pm

 

Saturday 27th April

Tarntanya / Adelaide, Parliament House, 10:30am

 

Gadigal / Sydney, Belmore Park, 1pm

 

Sunday 28th April

Naarm / Melbourne, State Library, 10am

 

Dja Dja Wurrung / Bendigo, Roslind Park, 11am

 

Djilang / Geelong, Market Square Mall, Lt Malop St, 11am

 

Gumbaynggirr / Coffs Harbour, Coffs Jetty Foreshore, 11am

 

Gubbi Gubbi / Sunshine Coast, Foundation Square, 11am

 

Meeanjin / Brisbane, King George Square, 11am

 

Boorloo / Perth, Forest Pl, 12pm

 

Ngunnawal / Canberra, Garema Place, 2pm

 

 

For more information, please contact wwywmedia@gmail.com or Sarah Williams on 0424 125 279.


Key Facts:

Australians are expected to rally around the country this weekend as part of anti-violence protests organised by What Were You Wearing Australia.

Rallies will take place in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth, Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat, Newcastle, Coffs Harbour, and the Sunshine Coast.


About us:
About What Were You Wearing - WWYW is an Indigenous, queer and disabled led Not-For-Profit that strives to end sexual violence and create positive communtiy and social change. We focus on advocacy, awareness and education which includes working with institutions and government to make change, protests, panels and events created by our team and creating victim-blaming training. Created by Sarah Williams in 2021, WWYW started as an exhibition confrontingly showcasing sexual violence awareness by displaying clothing victims were wearing when attacked and accompanying statements. However, the organisation really took off in 2022, when our team rallied the Newcastle/Hunter community to demonstrate against domestic violence in response to Mackenzie Anderson's murder by partner, with over 3,000 people attending.

Over the last 3 years WWYW have continued to advocate and educate, as well as provide a variety of services including Safe Spaces at nightlife venues and over 35 music festivals such as Groovin, Pitch and Spilt Milk, campaigning a petition which led to parliament amending the NSW and ACT RSA laws to include drink spiking awareness training, running a sold out music festival 'Safe Sounds' where all profits went to our services helping SA victims, distributing hundreds of survivor healing packs to those in need, and creating survivor healing groups that are free of charge to victims of sexual, family and domestic violence.
On top of this, our CEO and Founder, Sarah Williams, has received a variety of awards and recognition including Newcastle Woman of the Year in 2023, Young Achiever of the Year NSW/ACT Community Service Provider, finalist for Australian Human Rights awards and finalist for NSW Young Woman of the Year.

Contact details:

For more information, please contact wwywmedia@gmail.com or Sarah Williams on 0424 125 279.

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