Removing stigma and shame associated with violence against women will be the aim of an upcoming event in Caroline Springs.
The I Am Her Voice free, youth-focused event, on Sunday, December 9, will aim to educate Melton women about domestic violence and discrimination.
Sarah Akamo, founder of Grace: West Melbourne Families Against Domestic Violence, said the event would amplify survivor voices through the sharing of their stories.
“During the event, they will hear from key youth-centred individuals in the community, including family violence advocates, experienced youth workers and professionals who will be a part of a forum engaging in a narrative with the next generation about ending violence against women,” Ms Akamo said.
“The effects of family violence are prevalent in many children nowadays, whereby they believe violence against women to be normal behaviour.
“I Am Her Voice will not only be a forum to facilitate discussion, but will challenge gendered stereotypes, promote gender equality and encourage men and boys to end violence against women and girls.”
Speakers will include Matt Williams, co-founder of the Chin Up Project; Natasha Toffa of the Women’s Unity Movement; and Elena Grace, a western suburbs advocate and survivor of domestic violence.
I Am Her Voice, including afternoon tea, will run at the Mercure Hotel in Caroline Springs from 2-5pm on Sunday, December 9.