Remembering the Women Public Vigil

Sunday, 9 December 2018, 04:00 pm — Sunday, 9 December 2018, 04:30 pm

Location Civic Park, Newcastle

The community is invited to attend a public vigil to be held in Civic Park, Newcastle on Sunday 9th December at 4pm, to remember the women who have been killed by violence in the past year. The University of Newcastle’s Gender Research Network is hosting the vigil as part of a series of events taking place during the 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women and girls. The worldwide campaign is organised by the United Nations and is known as UNiTE and runs from 25th November to December 10th.

Gender Research Network member, Associate Professor Trisha Pender said it is important to bring attention to the victims of violence in order for it to be stopped.

“As part of this vigil we will remember the horrific number of women already killed by violence this year in Australia (recorded by Destroy the Joint), by reading out their names and ages,” she said.

“UNiTE was developed by the United Nations to raise public awareness and increase political will and resources for preventing and ending all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world,” she added.

In support of UNiTE, each year around the world iconic buildings such as palaces, churches, university and parliamentary buildings have turned orange to call for a violence-free future for women and girls, and Professor Pender said this year Newcastle will join in the #orangetheworld campaign.

“Orange is the official colour of the UNiTE campaign and this year the Newcastle City Hall clock tower will be lit in orange along with hundreds of other public buildings around the world to mark the campaign,” Professor Pender said.

In addition, an exhibition will be on at the Newcastle Library from November 25th to December 10th featuring white memorial dresses commemorating women killed by violence.

“We encourage the community to get involved in these events and stop and think about just how many women are affected by violence everyday. For far too long, impunity, silence and stigma have allowed violence against women to escalate to pandemic proportions—one in three women worldwide experience gender-based violence. The time for change is here and now,” Associate Professor Pender said.

Public Vigil

When: Sunday 9th December

Time: 4:00-4:30pm

Where: Civic Park, Newcastle