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On Monday night I stood with 20,000 other people, holding candles against the darkness and the cold, in silence, as we mourned the loss of another young woman.
This powerful moment of grief was important, for the community, for all of us, and as someone said on the night, the politics comes later.
But not too much later.
We’ve held enough vigils, haven’t we? For Jill Meagher, for Eurydice Dixon. Years of Reclaim the Night marches. And so many others like Qi Yu whose murder last week slipped by with little attention.
We need structural and cultural change, and we need the funding to ensure it happens:
The media must hold people to account for their violence and publish the phone numbers of men’s behaviour change support lines at the end of every article about family and relationship violence, or public violence, rather than just publishing phone numbers for victim/survivors
WIRE is grateful to the Victorian government for its current focus and funding for primary prevention programs — WIRE itself has recently received funding to roll out our exciting Lead For Change program. Lead for Change will provide education and support to our fantastic volunteers so that they can have conversations with people in their local communities about topics such as men’s violence against women. Conversations such as these will change attitudes and behaviours about violence against women being acceptable or unavoidable. Violence should never be an option.
Together, we can be an incredible voice for change, but we need to speak up. We need to keep up the momentum. Will you join us?
Thank you for everything you do.
Julie Kun, WIRE CEO