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Walk attracts record numbers
Melbourne’s 4th annual Walk Against Family Violence on Friday 23rd November attracted a record crowd of 2,000, all united by a desire to end men’s violence against women.
The day began at 10 a.m. with Not1More events bringing Federation Square alive to the colours and rhythms of the Cook Island and Bollywood dancers followed by singers including Crissie James, Lee Morgan and Kutcha Edwards. In the afternoon, social commentator and activist Phil Cleary, whose sister Vicki was killed by an ex-partner in 1987, gave a passionate and moving speech before leading the walk from Melbourne Town Hall to Federation Square.
Reminding us that one woman in Australia is murdered every week by the man in her life, Phil called for the ‘cone of silence’ to be broken and for women to talk to their sisters, friends and brothers. “If you kill the women in your life, it’s murder. We need to tell our judges, courts and state that murder is murder; it doesn’t change because it’s the woman in your life. The fact you can kill the woman in your life and not get found guilty of murder is an insult to a civilised society,” said Phil.
Encouraging everyone in the crowd to mobilise and challenge those in authority from government, the media, sports organisations and the courts, Phil urged the men in audience to love their sons and teach them to respect the women in their lives as part of building a better world.
After the walk Not1More remembered all those women around the world who were killed in acts of family violence over the last year. The day ended on a high note to the sounds of Police band Code One.