Rallies held against violence against women

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Thousands of Australians are rallying for a third day to call for an end to violence against women, after the deaths of another three women last week.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will attend the No More: National Rally Against Violence event outside Parliament House on Sunday afternoon.

“Violence against women is an epidemic. We must do better,” Mr Albanese said in a post to Instagram.

“Governments need to do better and as a society, we need to do better.”

Rallies have been held in Melbourne, Brisbane and several regional centres on Sunday.

Victorian Premier Jacinta Allan and her deputy Ben Carroll, as well as federal Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus, joined the Melbourne rally.

An estimated 15,000 people turned out in Melbourne

“Today we’re marching for all the victims and for us and our futures,” one organiser said.“This is a very moving and stressful event.”

Queensland Premier Steven Miles and Opposition Leader David Crisafulli both attended the Brisbane event.

“Today it’s fantastic to see so many Queenslanders out in force supporting those Queenslanders, sending a message that that kind of behaviour is just not acceptable in our state or in our society,” Mr Miles said.

“I think men need to be advocates too. We need to support the women of our state, we need to send a signal that we don’t accept violence, and we need to tell other men that that kind of behaviour as well as coercive control, it’s just not acceptable.”

“No More: National Rally Against Gender Based Violence” rallies took place in Sydney, Hobart and Adelaide on Saturday afternoon.

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and wife Lucy, as well as NSW Premier Chris Minns and MP Rose Jackson were all in attendance.

Three women died over the past week, including 28-year-old mother Molly Ticehurst in Forbes, in regional NSW and 49-year-old Emma Bates in Cobram, near the border of NSW and Victoria.

A third woman, 30-year-old mother-of-four Erica Hay was found dead after a house fire in Warnbro, in Perth’s south at 1am on Friday.

Five women were stabbed to death in the Westfield Bondi Junction attack by a man three weeks ago. A male security guard was also killed.

The rallies, organised by advocacy group What Were You Wearing also took place in Newcastle and Ballarat on Friday.More are scheduled to take place in Melbourne, Perth, Bendigo, the Sunshine Coast, Geelong, Brisbane, Coffs Harbour, Canberra, Gold Coast, Orange, Wagga Wagga and Combram on Sunday.

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