Parliament House lit up in orange to mark 16 days of activism against gender-based violence

Parliament House was lit up in bright orange on Monday night to mark the United Nation’s 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

Independent MP Zoe Daniel had put in a request to the federal government to light up the building and the government agreed to do so.

Independent MPs Zoe Daniel, Kylea Tink, Kate Chaney, Dr Helen Haines and Dr Sophie Scamps shared a photo standing in front of parliament, also dressed in orange.

“Tonight, Parliament House is illuminated in brilliant orange, the universal colour that brings global recognition to the epidemic of gender-based violence,” Daniel wrote on social media.

“Women have the right to live free from violence. Enough is enough.”

Dr Sophie Scamps also shared the photo, writing: “54 women killed so far this year, including one today.”

On Monday, campaigner and former Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty joined the Teal independents at a press conference to bring attention to the epidemic of men’s violence against women and children and the urgent need for action.

“I’ve been standing up in front of the Australian public for 10 years and this is exhausting, it is overwhelming, and it is disheartening,” Batty said on Monday.

“So I stand here today supporting these politicians who have shown leadership because this is where power is held in this country and influence cannot be underestimated.”

In Question Time on Monday, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was asked about men’s violence against women and children by Zoe Daniel and Zali Steggall.

 

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