Vigil for women

Laying of roses to represent every woman who died in 2023 as a result of family and domestic violence.

Women Illawarra and Illawarra Women’s Health Centre held a vigil in McCabe Park Wollongong to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Monday 27 November.

Women’s rights activists have observed 25 November as a day against gender-based violence since 1981. This date was selected to honour the Mirabal sisters, three political activists from the Dominican Republic who were brutally murdered in 1960 by order of the country’s ruler, Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).

A worldwide movement, this day represents an ongoing invitation to governments, international organisations and NGOs to organise activities every year designed to raise public awareness of the issue of violence against women.

The vigil honoured and mourned those lost to gendered violence in 2023, with advocates and activists speaking out against gendered violence.

ASU Organiser Sharon Callaghan, NSW MP for Shellharbour Anna Watson, IEU Organiser and President of the South Coast Labour Council Tina Smith and CEO Illawarra Women’s Health Sally Stevenson