The Government of Victoria has launched the second year of the Victoria Against Violence campaign, rallying the state to stop violence against women. Monica Sharma Raizada explains how Indian Australians can stand against Violence against Women in their community.
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.
In a move to say we care, City and regional landmarks are preparing to go orange from dusk to dawn for the 16 day campaign, including:
Government House Tower
State Library of Victoria
Southern Cross Station clock tower
Federation Square Atrium
Royal Exhibition Building
The National Gallery of Victoria
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 Victorias first ever Gender Equality Strategy in December.
As well as embracing orange, Hundreds of people joined across Melbourne and regional Victoria, including for the Walk Against Violence which was held at Federation Square at 12.30pm, 25 November.
The Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson said, Victoria Against Violence is an important way for every member of the community to step up and challenge the attitudes that fuel violence.
She also stated, Fly an orange flag, wear an orange scarf, socks or tie – it all sends a signal that we wont be silent about family violence.
View the full list of Victoria Against Violence events at: http://www.vic.gov.au/victoriaagainstviolence.
Online Source: SBS Hindi.