Thousands attend violence against women rallies across Australia

Australians are taking to the street to show their anger and frustration at the growing number of women killed in Australia at the hands of men — with major rallies kicking off today.

Twenty-six Australian women have died allegedly at the hands of a male perpetrator in the 16 weeks since January 1. Eleven of those alleged murders have occurred in the last 24 days alone.

The relentlessness of violence has prompted pleas for urgent action. This is not just a call for change at government level, but from the half of the population who are overwhelmingly the perpetrators of it.

Australians are now taking to the street to demand action with rallies and marches organised by the non-profit advocacy group What Were You Wearing (WWYW) this weekend. WWYW is a group dedicated to supporting victims of sexual violence, taking its name from a question many are asked when reporting sexual violence.

“Show up this weekend! We need our government to know ENOUGH has been ENOUGH for far too long,” the group pleaded.

Rallies kicked off in Newcastle and Ballarat on Friday night with thousands in attendance and taking to the streets.

“We say no to domestic violence” and “one, two, three, four, we won’t take it anymore. Five, six, seven, eight, no more violence, no more hate” were some of the chants echoed across the crowd as they attempted to get their message across to government officials.

One person held up a sign that read “we just want to get home safe” while another read “I’m so f*****g fed up”.

“Women everywhere are fed up, frustrated, sickened and angered by the ongoing crisis of male violence against women and children in Australia,” Newcastle MP Sharon Claydon told the crowd, according to the Newcastle Herald.

“Together we can, and must, put an end to gender-based violence in our homes, our workplaces, and our communities.”

Rallies will take place in Sydney, Hobart and Canberra on Saturday while other major cities such as Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth will take to the streets on Sunday. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will be at Canberra’s march.

A total of 17 rallies will have been held by the time the weekend comes to an end.


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