In a joint partnership with White Ribbon Australia, AMES Australia, Federal and Victorian Government and Vic Health, a ground-breaking pilot for the prevention of violence against women was launched in 2017. The Melbourne Project comprised 65 visionary leaders from more than 30 different communities across Victoria who participated in workshops and projects.
On the 7th March 2019, a series of participant projects were showcased at Federation Square, overlooking the Yarra River to an audience of over 180.
The feature project was a stunning spoken word video, developed in partnership with the Poetry Corners, and delivered by Some Kind of Squirrel Productions. Gathered in the photo above are the participants and producers of the video. The film explored the impact for people who witness violence, ending on a positive note – ‘I want to be part of the change!’ Watch this powerful video below.
Another visual project showcased was a collaboration with Victoria University to create postcards in different languages that promoted respectful relationships with messages including “Stop violence where it starts” and “Men are taking a stand. They treat women as equals, share responsibilities and decision making.”
The event also featured a live performance from Mitch Tambo, indigenous artist, poet and actor and Sarah Yu, choreographer and dancer, who performed her piece on family violence developed for the project. The project group Breaking Boundaries produced an amazing video of her dance, which can be viewed below.
The launch event was a great success! We would like to thank Simone O’Brien for speaking – sharing her story and how White Ribbon Australia fuelled her New York Marathon, and our White Ribbon representatives who attended the event - Penny Marangos from the White Ribbon Victorian State Committee, White Ribbon Advocates Dr Manjula O’Connor.
The launch event and Melbourne Project were supported by our White Ribbon Diversity Portfolio team members, Ingrid Kirchner, Diversity & Inclusion Project Officer, and Sunila Kotwal, Diversity & Inclusion Manager.
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