Thousands of people gathered in the Melbourne park last night where Eurydice Dixon was murdered last week.
They were there to grieve for Dixon, as well as for the 29 other women killed by violence this year.
They shared words remembering the 22 year old comedian as being intelligent and kind, but also expressed anger and sadness about violence against women.
The 10,000 or so that had gathered shared songs and silence, and lit candles and laid flowers at Princess Park, Carlton.
Hours earlier a team had worked to clean up the parts of the makeshift memorial that had been vandalised on Sunday night.
— Gender Equity Victoria (@genderequityvic) June 18, 2018
A crowd also gathered in Hyde Park Sydney, where the names of 30 women killed by violence this year were read out, and 30 seconds silence given to each.
And in Canberra, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition leader Bill Shorten also attended a vigil, standing next to each other. “This vigil to me is a commitment to every other Australian woman, that you ought to be safe, and nothing less than that is acceptable,” said Shorten.
Parliament at its best.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten lead MPs in a candelight vigil for slain Melbourne woman Eurydice Dixon.
— Bevan Shields (@BevanShields) June 18, 2018
Earlier, Turnbull said as we grieve we must “change the hearts of men to respect women”.
“As grown men, we must lead by example and treat women with respect and we must ensure that our cities, our towns, our country, everywhere is safe for every Australian to walk and work, whether it is a park, a workplace, whether it is in their own home.”
There were also vigils in other parts of the country, including in Geelong and Ballarat.
“You have a right to be angry,” Margaret Augerinos from @CentNonViolence tells crowd. “Nearly everyone woman has experience the everyday sexism that cultivates [violence],” she says. pic.twitter.com/yCuNsDwOqV
— Mark Kearney (@mnkearney) June 18, 2018
Thinking about my friends attending Eurydice Dixon’s memorial in Melbourne this evening, and of her too, though I didn’t know her. That, yes, she could have been any one of my female friends in the arts community – just making her way home from another gig. That’s all
— Andrew Stafford (@staffo_sez) June 18, 2018
— Annashi Jayde (@AnnashiJayde) June 18, 2018
Never let this light go out#EurydiceDixon
— LIAM TORMEY (@liamtormey_) June 18, 2018
— conscious.life (@aconsciouslife_) June 18, 2018