Albany to join ‘Orange’ call for 16 days of action to fight violence against women

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Anglicare WA Albany service manager Carol Pearce, Department of Communities regional manager Kim Daniel, Department of Communities regional director Neila Williams, WA Police Great Southern District Superintendent Ian Clarke, Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington, Great Southern Development Commission chief Bruce Manning and Great Southern Aboriginal Corporation chief Asha Bhat.
Camera IconAnglicare WA Albany service manager Carol Pearce, Department of Communities regional manager Kim Daniel, Department of Communities regional director Neila Williams, WA Police Great Southern District Superintendent Ian Clarke, Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington, Great Southern Development Commission chief Bruce Manning and Great Southern Aboriginal Corporation chief Asha Bhat. Credit: Supplied

Albany Town Hall will glow orange on Wednesday to kick off a Statewide campaign demanding an end to violence against women.

The 16 Days in WA campaign will begin on November 25, to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

It will end on December 10 — International Human Rights Day.

The WA initiative, in its fourth year, is inspired by the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign which started in 1991.

This year’s global theme, Orange the World, encourages communities to “fund, respond, prevent and collect” in the fight against violence against women.

In WA, one in five women have reported experiencing partner violence since the age of 15, according to the State Government.

Albany workplaces are encouraged to turn orange on November 27 for Wear Orange to Work Day.

Workplaces will raise money for the Albany Women’s Centre, which provides support for survivors of family and domestic violence.

Albany Family and Domestic Violence Action Group chairwoman Asha Bhat said free events across the Great Southern aimed to ignite conversation and encourage change.

Events will be held every day for 16 days including a daytime vigil at the Town Square on November 30 to honour victims and survivors of family violence.

For a list of events, visit the AFDVAG Facebook page.

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