Social Action and Campaigns
Yarn Bombing Project for White Ribbon Campaign
On 3 December 2015 WestCASA celebrated the launch of our Knit into Action project with a great turnout from the community, local services and government representatives.
Many people from all skill levels and backgrounds came together over a period of nearly two years, dedicating their time and energy to create knitted and crocheted squares for the yarn bombing project, as well as connecting and having a laugh along the way. Contributors included clients of WestCASA, students from Gilmore Girls College, staff and guests of the Unwind Craft Cafe in Keilor East, local knitting groups and, of course, WestCASA staff.
The day was a huge success with Marsha Thomson (local MP for Footscray) and Cr Catherine Cumming (Deputy Mayor for Maribyrnong City Council), speaking to a large and engaged audience of community members and services, including Victoria Police.
The Knit into Action project aimed at bringing together the community in peaceful protest against sexual violence in our society. We aimed to raise awareness of the importance of recognising sexual assault as not just an individual issue, but one that all of society has a responsibility to address and work toward eliminating.
Happy Orange Day!
One Billion Rising
Is a global campaign to end violence against women that began in 2012. The “billion” refers to the UN statistic that one in three women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime which is equivalent to about one billion women.
It’s a controversial name,
not a controversial message.
SlutWalk is a public protest against victim-blaming and slut-shaming. SlutWalk Melbourne is one of many SlutWalk events around the world.
The mission of Project Unbreakable is to increase awareness of the issues surrounding sexual assault and encourage the act of healing through art. Since the project’s conception in October 2011 by then nineteen year old Grace Brown, it has featured over two thousand images of sexual assault survivors holding posters with quotes from their attackers.
WARNING! Some statements on this website are confronting.
UNiTE To End Violence Against Women Campaign
16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is an international campaign that began in 1991. From 25 November (International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day) each year, the campaign calls on individuals and groups around the world to act to end all forms of violence against women and girls.
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Is a solidarity movement that names gender equality as a human rights issue, initiated by UN Women. It invites and engages men to take a stand against any form of gender inequality including violence and discrimination.