March against gender violence

Published: Nov. 20, 2017 at 6:35 PM CST
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Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr was among members in the community who are taking a stance against gender violence. Orr signed a proclamation at the Wyoming Supreme Court Building, helping kick off the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign.

Shortly after, Orr joined members of the public as well as the Zonta Club of Cheyenne and Cheyenne Triumph High School's Z Club in a silent march to the Laramie County Library.

Triumph High School Z Club president Hannah Lipps said it was a great experience being joined by others in the community taking a stance. She said, "It felt really good because, you know, you're not alone." She added, "I think it's a good thing to do, it's a good thing to stand up for other people who can't do it themselves or they feel too scared to do it themselves."

Cheyenne Zonta Club member Lisa Hunt agreed with Lipps and said, "It's very powerful. We walk in silence because obviously the people who have suffered from this type of violence or passed away can't speak for themselves. So we feel it's important for us to be able to speak for them."

Hunt helped organize the event and said it's important to help spread awareness in the Cheyenne community. She said it's an issue that affects everyone- women, children and men. She added, "This story is really about the individuals who have passed away because of gender-based violence and they are our silent witnesses."

In order to help spread awareness and share stories of those individuals who have been victims to gender violence in Wyoming, Hunt said they use silhouettes to represent them and share their story.

The Silent Witness display will remain at the Laramie County Library through December 10. The Activism Against Gender Violence campaign runs from November 25-December 10 and will be devoted to fighting all forms of gender-based violence.