Fremantle: Shipwrecks Museum raising awareness for violence against women

Site Manager of Fremantle Museums Gill Harrison next to the anchor covered in orange ribbons. Photo: Andrew Ritchie. d489222 communitypix.com.au.
Site Manager of Fremantle Museums Gill Harrison next to the anchor covered in orange ribbons. Photo: Andrew Ritchie. d489222 communitypix.com.au.

AN URGE to be in the heart of the community was just one reason why the Shipwrecks museum became involved in the #16 days in WA campaign.

The campaign aims to raise awareness for violence against women and as part of their involvement the museum is providing guests with information and flyers about domestic violence.

They are also inviting them to tie an orange ribbon onto an anchor.

Western Australian Museum chief executive Alec Coles said all Western Australian museums were involved.

“One things we try to do is promote tolerance and understand by making people aware of the issues that face people in the community everyday,” he said.

“This seemed to us a very natural way to demonstrate our commitment to the community to be a part of it.

“The staff are magnificent and there has been a lot of support for it.”

Western Australian Museum manager Fremantle sites Gill Harrison said visitors could also write a personal message on the ribbons.

“Some people have written a personal pledge to do what they can to end domestic violence,” she said.

“Perhaps when seeing the anchor it will encourage people to have a discussion about domestic violence with their friends, family and colleagues.

“We invite everyone to participate, whether they are visiting the WA Shipwrecks Museum or passing by the anchors on their way to Bathers Beach, the Fishing Boat Harbour or heading to the Fremantle City centre.”

Mr Coles said that Western Australian Museums plans to support the campaign on an annual basis.

“We need to consider that there are women facing these situations all the time,” he said.

“It’s not just a 16 day campaign, its more than just wearing badges and wearing orange but take positive action in our lives to try and sure that this very preventable social ill is ultimately hopefully prevented.”