October 17, 2022
The Week Without Violence (WWV) is an annual campaign during the third week of October to end violence against women.
Since 1999, the northern metropolitan region (NMR) has marked the WWV, primarily through the Clothesline Project which focuses on raising awareness about family violence.
This year’s WWV messaging is Listen, Believe, Connect:Connect with organisations and people who can help.
A little History about the Week Without Violence :
The Week Without Violence is an initiative created by YWCA USA in 1995. Over the past two decades, organisations around the world have hosted community events to end violence against women.
Activities focus on raising awareness, promoting attitude change and enabling individuals and organisations to begin positive actions towards ending violence in their communities.
In 1990 a coalition of women’s groups in Massachusetts, USA, developed a program to break the silence and bear witness to the prevalence of violence against women.
The Clothesline Project was designed to:
- act as an educational tool for those who come to view the clothesline;
- act as a healing tool for anyone who made a T-shirt; and
- allow those who are still suffering in silence to understand that they are not alone.
Join us for a Libraries After Dark event to decorate t-shirts as part of the Clothesline Project to increase awareness of family violence. Meet community police officers and service providers, and enjoy some live music and light refreshments.
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