Macedon Ranges Family Violence Network held its International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women event at the Kyneton Mechanics Institute grasslands last week.
The event included guest speakers, a flash-mob dance and a moving vigil acknowledging the 45 women and 11 children who have died this year in Australia as a result of family violence.
It forms part of the 16 days of activism – a global movement to raise awareness about gender-based violence, challenge discriminatory attitudes and call for improved laws and services to end violence against women.
The 16 days of activism Respect Women: ‘Call It Out’ campaign runs until December 10. If you are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing violence, help is available. Safe Steps: 1800 015 188 or safesteps.org.au. Men’s Referral Service:1300 766 491.