The Record
We are called in every place by our words, how we speak to one another, by our deeds, to bear witness to the new reality, to new Heaven and new Earth where women and men will be one, said St Mary’s Cathedral Dean, Rev Dr Sean Fernandez.Speaking on the United Nations (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Rev Dr Fernandez said we are called to try and live that through our words and our deeds bit by bit, day by day.To mark the occasion, orange balloons were displayed at the entrance and inside the Cathedral.


The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is an annual international campaign that runs from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.

The global theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, is “UNITE! Activism to end violence against women and girls”.

In support of this call for global action to increase awareness, galvanise advocacy efforts, and share knowledge and innovations about GBV, the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth Safeguarding Program Office in collaboration with the Justice, Ecology & Development Office are undertaking a prayerful awareness-raising campaign.

Perth Archdiocese campaign co-ordinators, Safeguarding Acting Director Barbara Blayney and JEDO Director Carol Mitchell said the campaign aligns with the ACBC 2022 -23 Social Justice Statement – Respect: Confronting violence and abuse and compliments the Safeguarding Program resource – A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence.

“By dedicating prayerful space to consider our call to action, we continue to embed the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards that call us all to live in the image of God,” Ms Mitchell said.