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Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day Vigil
Date: 31/08/2021
Time: 06:00 pm
Location: To be confirmed
Public/Private: Public
Individual/Organisation: Organisation
Name of Organisation: Fitzroy Legal Service
Contact: Laura Button
Phone: 0402 644 085

The Women’s Leadership Group is holding a vigil on International Overdose Awareness Day for the many we’ve lost, and continue to lose, to drug overdose.

Jazzy, one of the group’s original members, is one of those, and died within days of exiting custody.

This event will:

• Focus on women. They are underrepresented in this conversation. Due to criminalisation, stigma and shame, our women are dying in the shadows and often their stories are either whitewashed or not told.

• Memorialise their deaths and celebrate their lives – they are not just how their story ended.

• Speak to the necessity of drug decriminalisation – Government policy neglects women’s health in favour of criminalising them.

• Pay tribute to the costs this exacts on partners, children, family members, friends, acquaintances, and community.

Speakers to be announced.

The Women’s Leadership Group

The Women’s Leadership Group is an advocacy group composed of women with expert experience of incarceration and criminalisation. The group’s mandate is to undertake systemic advocacy aimed at challenging the inherent harms of the criminal justice system and connected social sector, as it relates to incarcerated and criminalised women.

Fitzroy Legal Service

We work towards a fairer and more just Victorian community, one in which the legal and broader social system supports equity and justice.