In December last year, as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, Bonnie’s held a candlelight vigil to remember the Australian women who lost their lives to domestic violence during 2017. There were 49 women by year’s end.
This year, another nine women have lost their lives in less than two months.
To mark International Women’s Day on March 8, Bonnie’s will hold another vigil in Liverpool’s Macquarie Mall, at which the names and ages of each of the dead will be read out by participants and a candle lit for each woman.
We would love you to join us!
Alison described last year’s event as “very emotional and powerful”.
“To hold that flame felt like a big responsibility. These are the ones that didn’t make it. But by naming them and honouring them in this way, it felt to me like we were letting them know their lives didn’t go unnoticed.”
“Reading out the ages of the women really struck home – how young they were and how old. It made me wonder about their stories: what they had survived and who they had left behind.”
“It reminds us that there is still a lot of work to be done.”
The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Leave No Woman Behind’. What better way to mark it, than to come together as women, to pay respect to those we have lost, and to carry their flames into a better future.