‘One in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime,’ read one of the many signs held up by supporters of this morning’s V-Day rally on Byron Bay’s Main Beach.
Supporters of the annual Valentines Day One Billion Rising event danced and had fun but also drew focus to their serious message about women and violence.
‘Around 200 people, mostly women but a good healthy number of men as well, turned up to enjoy a disco on the beach,’ event organiser Jenni Cargill-Strong told Echonetdaily.
‘It’s a healing event for all of us,’ she added.
‘This year the message was expanded to ask the question “what is this violence against women symptomatic of?” What we are doing to each other is what we are doing to the planet.’
V Day activities continue across the region and the world, with 120,000 people signed up.
Check out Sharon Shostak’s video of the event on Monday.