Melbourne, Australia: On Friday November 27 and Saturday November 28, Alex Theatre St Kilda will be the host for a White Ribbon and Rachael Moore fundraiser – 12 Angry Men – A Play Reading by Women.Twelve of our most recognizable and talented female actors will volunteer their time to raise money for this incredible cause.
Presented by Kate Whitbread, Helen Ellis and Aleksandar Vass, this play reading addresses men’s violence against women.
Kate Whitbread says; “We want to invite the wonderful men of Melbourne to come along and take the oath. We are so privileged to have these fine performers donate their time for this cause but White Ribbon is about men finding their voice. We really want to see them in the theatre showing their support for the foundation and for Rachael Moore.”
Helen Ellis praises and acknowledges the fine work the White Ribbon Foundation have done along with other significant groups and hopes their small contribution will help. “The cast donating their time is a shining example of how important this cause is. Everyday an Australian woman is beaten, abused and or murdered by a spouse, partner, family member, or stranger as a sign of control. Whether it is sexually, verbally, physically is irrelevant, it has to stop!”
12 Angry Men – A Play Reading by Women
Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, the 12 members of the jury must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused, an inner-city teen. As the dozen men try to reach a unanimous decision while sequestered in a room, one juror casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. Personal issues soon rise to the surface, and conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide one boy’s fate.
The Cause In 2015 Domestic Violence is more prevalent than ever before.
Rachael Moore (recently seen on 60 Minutes) has suffered more than any person deserves to suffer and White Ribbon is a noble cause created to help men become more aware and speak out about the unacceptability of domestic violence.
Kate Whitbread (film maker) and Helen Ellis, along with Aleks Vass felt compelled to try and assist in some small way to reducing the count by raising awareness and funds.
The result is a fundraiser for White Ribbon and also for Rachael Moore (whose story you may have seen – her young sons were forced to tackle their own father to save their mother’s life after she had been shot). On the 27th and 28th of November there will be a reading of 12 Angry Men but read by women.
Vision All women live in safety, free from all forms of men’s violence.
Mission Making women’s safety a man’s issue too.
The campaign works through primary prevention initiatives involving awareness-raising and education, and programs with youth, schools, workplaces and across the broader community.
Globally, White Ribbon is the world’s largest male-led movement to end men’s violence against women. Originating in Canada in 1991, White Ribbon is now active in more than 60 countries.
White Ribbon Australia observes the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day, annually on November 25. White Ribbon Day signals the start of the 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence against women, which ends on Human Rights Day (December 10).
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