During 16 Days of Activism to Against Gender-based Violence, join us for a special She Meets discussion, held in partnership with the This is Not a Wife Beater campaign.
We’ll start with a screening of the documentary 180 Degrees: because life can change by Rocio Forero B, provided by YWCA of Belgium. Through a series of anonymous interviews, this 45 minute long documentary relates the story of seven women of diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. The women testify about how they have experienced a relationship with physical, mental and sexual violence and what triggered them into moving out and starting to rebuild a new life for themselves and their children.
Following the film, Alisa Draskovic, founder of This is Not a Wife Beater will facilitate an inclusive, group discussion around how we can work towards preventing violence against women in Australia, and some of the key goals of the This is Not a Wife Beater campaign.
This is Not a ‘Wife Beater’ challenges everyday language that normalises and trivialises violence against women. The campaign encourages people to see the connection between the use of a term like ‘wife beater’ to refer to a singlet – a term which both makes light of intimate partner and family violence, and stereotypes the men associated with wearing these singlets as violent – and the use of violence in our community.
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