Everyone has the right to feel safe.

 Everyone has the right to feel safe. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Everyone has the right to feel safe. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

Last night I went to an outstanding event in the City of Moreland as part of International Women’s Day. At the event I asked someone, a woman, why they had come along.

They said they just wanted to feel safe to walk to the train station at night with their headphones in. They said they didn’t want women to have to be afraid of being in public at night any longer.

This is such a reasonable request.

Incredibly reasonable.

Just basic.

Fundamental.

It is embarrassing that feeling safe whilst walking to the train isn’t a given for everyone who lives in Australia.

It’s not good enough.

I don’t know what to do about it other than say that I am sorry that men have such an unfair advantage and that, mostly, members of our gender continue to unthinkingly perpetuate this advantage as if it is the natural order of things.

Last night I was at the table having the conversation. It was engaging and sometimes uncomfortable, it was funny and inspiring, it was shocking,

Going to this event and focusing on listening is only a little thing, but it’s a start.

And I’ve got to start somewhere.

Love

Luke

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