On Monday 18 November, we have the good fortune to hear from Tarana Burke, feminist and civil rights activist from the Bronx, New York. In 2006, Tarana famously broke the silence on sexual violence with a simple phrase that sparked a global movement: Me Too.
This is her first time speaking publicly in Melbourne and after delivering a short address on the theme of hope, resilience and our collective power, she will be joined on stage for a panel discussion.
The event has sold out, but it will be live streamed. More details below.
Whether you are watching from home or live at the Collingwood Town Hall, here’s our advice for getting the most out of the night:
Look after yourself and others
As with any conversation regarding sexual assault and violence, it is vital to take good care of yourself and others. If this event brings up any issues for you, help is available.
Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA) 1800 806 292
1800 RESPECT 1800 737 732
There will be counsellors from CASA available at the Collingwood Town Hall.
If you wish to speak to a counsellor at any point, just look for folks from the VWT team wearing ‘CREW’ lanyards. They will direct you to the nearest counsellor.
→ Full list of support services
→ Read: Taking care of yourself (or a loved one) when sexual abuse makes the headlines (ABC News)
→ Read: How to stay energised and take care in the #MeToo era (ABC News)
Planning on live streaming the event? Awesome. Live streaming will commence at 6:30pm (AEDT) on Monday 18 November.
Stay involved in the conversation by using the hashtag #TaranaMelb and following @VicWomensTrust on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We’ll be live tweeting the entire thing, so it would be great to catch up with you in Twitter land!
If you are live streaming as a group, let us know by tagging @VicWomensTrust. Shout out to the good people at Emma Whiting Travel who made live streaming this event possible.
Please note: the live stream video will not have closed captions but we will be providing a transcript post-event.
The nearest train station is Collingwood (on the Mernda or Hurstbridge line). From there, it’s 118 metres to the Collingwood Town Hall (approximately a 3 minute walk). Walk up Stanton Street, then turn right onto Hoddle Street.
Catch any of the following buses: 246, 302, 303, 304, 305, 309, 318, 350, 905, 906, 907. Get off at the Gipps St/Hoddle St stop. After that, it’s just 99 metres (around 2 mins walk) to the Collingwood Town Hall.
Jump on the 109 or 12 tram and get off at North Richmond Railway Station/Victoria St (that’s stop #19). It’s a 10 minute walk (646 metres) up Victoria Street from there. Turn right onto Hoddle Street and you’re at the Collingwood Town Hall!
Street parking is available along Hoddle St (approx 25 spaces); Stanton St (approx 30 spaces); and Park St (approx 15 spaces). Additionally, a carpark attached to Collingwood Library and Train Station has approximately 35 parking spaces, most of which are unrestricted after 5.30pm.
There is a ramp entrance on Hoddle St and the entry doors are automatic. The venue is fitted with accessible toilets, braille tactile signage, tactile floor indicators and a hearing aid loop.
Please note: accessible parking in this area is limited. There are two accessible car park spots on Stanton Street and another two at the Collingwood train station.
The 109 tram is serviced mostly by low-floor trams. The closest tram stop, North Richmond Railway Station/Victoria St (stop #19), is a level access stop.
The live stream video will not have closed captions but we will be providing a transcript after the event.
Collingwood Town Hall does not have allocated seating. First in, best dressed. Doors open at 6pm.
We will be setting aside spaces near the front on the ground floor for anyone with accessibility requirements. If you require a seat in a certain area, just speak to the friendly people on the door and they will help you out.
Bring card or cash for VWT posters
We will be unveiling some brand new Trust posters created by local artist Michelle Pereira. We been absolutely bursting to show you these feminist artworks — head along to the merch table to check ‘em out.
We are so looking forward to sharing this very special night with you. Remember to take care of yourself and others, and reach out to the VWT team if you need anything. We are here to help ♥
Proudly presented by the Victorian Women’s Trust in partnership with the Sydney Peace Foundation.