Melbourne‘s Town Hall will be lit up orange tonight to coincide with a vigil for Eurydice Dixon, who was raped and murdered in Princes Park last Tuesday.
Orange was chosen as it’s the colour the United Nations uses to symbolise the end of violence against women. On its website, the UN explains:
As a bright and optimistic colour, orange represents a future free from violence against women and girls.
The Hall will be lit from 5:30 tonight, says the City of Melbourne.
Our community has been shocked by the death of Eurydice Dixon. Tonight Melbourne Town Hall will be lit in orange from 5.30pm. Orange is the colour designated by the @UN to End Violence against Women. pic.twitter.com/piU69xNOny
— City of Melbourne (@cityofmelbourne) June 18, 2018
The vigil at Princes Park in Carlton looks likely to draw more than 10,000 people to the place where Dixon’s body was found. One of the vigil’s organisers, Megan Bridger-Darling, told reporters that the event is designed to be
a way of saying this is our park, and we feel safe here, this is our soccer pitch … this is our area. And you can’t take that away through fear.
Other vigils have been organised in cities and towns across Australia, including Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart, as well as Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Castlemaine, and Tasmanian cities Devonport and Launceston.
The Sydney vigil has chosen to change its official title to Vigil for All Victims of Gendered Violence, in response to the murder of Sydney woman Qi Yu, and out of respect for the wishes of Dixon’s family.