The Andrews Labor Government will launch the second year of the Victoria Against Violence campaign this Friday, rallying the state to stop violence against women.
Victoria Against Violence is part of the United Nations led international campaign, Unite to End Violence Against Women: 16 Days of Activism.
Thanks to international time zones, Victoria will be one of the first jurisdictions in the world launching this official UN campaign.
Following the success of the inaugural campaign last year, it will run from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November to International Human Rights Day on 10 December.
City and regional landmarks are preparing to go orange from dusk to dawn for the 16 day campaign, including:
- Government House Tower
- Treasury Building
- Trades Hall
- Arts Centre
- State Library of Victoria
- Southern Cross Station clock tower
- Federation Square Atrium
- AAMI Park
- Royal Exhibition Building
- Melbourne Star
- The National Gallery of Victoria
- Bolte Bridge
- McCrae Lighthouse
- Murray River – boats and surrounding banks.
The high-profile campaign invites Victorians to stand together to stamp out family violence, and the Labor Government has provided $175,000 to support community events and activities across the state.
The Government will also launch Victoria’s first ever Gender Equality Strategy in December.
As well as embracing orange, the public is encouraged to join events across Melbourne and regional Victoria, including the Walk Against Violence, at Federation Square at 12.30pm, 25 November.
View the full list of Victoria Against Violence events at: http://www.vic.gov.au/victoriaagainstviolence.
Quotes attributable to Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson
“Victoria Against Violence is an important way for every member of the community to step up and challenge the attitudes that fuel violence.”
“Fly an orange flag, wear an orange scarf, socks or tie – it all sends a signal that we won’t be silent about family violence.”