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International Women's Day - 17 Jan 2019

International Women's Day 2018 - 01 Mar 2016

Create and Celebrate International Women's Day 2018 One Million Stars to end Violence Project Chandelier

IWD 2017 ##BeBoldForChange - 06 Feb 2017

Strangulation - Strangulation has been identified as one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence and sexual assault: unconsciousness may occur within seconds and death within minutes. Strangulation is an ultimate form of power and control where the perpetrator can demonstrate control over the victim’s next breath: it may have devastating psychological effects or a potentially fatal outcome.



View the groups timetable for Aug 2019



Candelight Ceremony

Please see the current poster for details of our Candlelight Ceremony which is held on Wednesday 2nd May this year.   The ceremony is dedicated to remember those women and children who died because of Domestic and Family Violence, and the loved ones left behind. This ceremony provides a safe, supportive and inviting environment for women, children and men to remember and reflect.

International Women’s Day

The 8th of March is acknowledged and celebrated across the world as International Women’s Day, and provides an opportunity to recognise the achievements of women, their contributions to society and the continuing struggle of women to participate with equality in society.

In 201*9 we will celebrate International Women's Day with a

International Women and the stories Lunch

Cultural Conversation


11:30 pm to 1:30 pm


Please see our IWD flyer here


International Women's Day Report 2008.pdf

Performing the Vagina Monologues.pdf

More about International Women's Day

Reclaim the Night

Reclaim the Night marches and rallies are peaceful protests against sexual violence towards women and children, in order to promote women's strength and survival. By taking part in this symbolic protest, we are making a statement demanding our right to feel safe. Reclaim the Night is a global protest against sexual violence against women. This year The Women's Centre and the Townsville Sexual Assault Support Service are facilitating this event at James Cook University.

Reclaim the Night 28th of October 2016 at 5:30pm at James Cook University see flyer.

Sexual Violence Awareness Month

Each October is designated Sexual Violence Awareness Month during which the Women's Centre aims to raise public awareness about sexual violence in our community through a range of activities. Each year these vary, and we invite all women to become involved in these events. The Month culminates in the Reclaim the Night march.

16 Days of Activism

Established in 1991, Each year 16 days dedicated to raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels

  • November 25th - International Day Against Violence Against Women
  • November 29th - International Women Human Rights Defenders Day
  • December 1st - World AIDS Day
  • December 6th - Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.
  • December 10th - World Human Rights Day

Report - 16 Days of Activism 2007

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

May is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Women's Centre supports all activities that are organised in this month to promote awareness of domestic violence in our community. The North Queensland Domestic Violence Resource Service is instrumental in the organisation of events during this month, which includes the Candlelight ceremony which is held on the first Wednesday evening of May to remember those women and children who have lost their lives as a result of domestic violence.

Thursdays in Black

A worldwide movement, Thursdays in Black, is a grassroots organisation demanding a world without rape and violence.

We invite all women to wear black on Thursdays as a silent protest against rape and violence.

Crisis numbers

24hr telephone support services available include:

DV Connect

1800 811 811

Homeless Persons
Information Centre

1800 474 753


131 114

Sexual Assault Helpline

1800 010 120 (until 11.30pm)

National Sexual Assault,
Domestic Family Violence
Counselling Service

1800 010 120 (1800 RESPECT)