The Good People Act Now team will be presenting the Eurydice Dixon Gender Equality Champions Award for the second consecutive year. This award aims to recognise young peoples’ commitment to gender equality and ending violence against women in their communities. Two awards of $500 are available to young people living, studying or working in Hume.
The award was established in 2018, in memory of 22 year old Melbourne woman, Eurydice Dixon, who was tragically raped and murdered whilst returning home from a comedy night in which she had performed in June 2018.
With the blessing of Eurydice’s family, the award has been initiated by the young people of the Good People Act Now project, a youth led action group based in Broadmeadows, who are working to promote gender equality and the prevention of violence against women in Hume.
For more about the award, who qualifies and how to apply, please see the info below.
"Eurydice was only 22 years old... She was killed in Princes Park, just a few minutes away from her house. The park was actually also our school grounds. It was where students had lunch every day, played soccer, celebrated muck-up day. It was a safe space, where Eurydice spent a lot of time."
Excerpt from a speech by Nicola Gregoric, GPAN team member September 2019
How to apply
Applications open at 9am on Monday, September 16th 2019 and close Friday November 15th 2019 at 5pm. Applicants must be between 15 and 25 years old. Please read all the details before submitting an application.
Once you have read and understood the details of applying for the Eurydice Dixon Gender Equality Champions Award, you can complete the following registration form online. Please be aware that you can continue to edit your application after submitting up until the close date, Friday November 15th 2019 at 5pm.
The news of Eurydice Dixon’s death has been very hard for the GPAN team. Along with her Melbourne community, those that knew her and those that didn’t, we have been mourning. Digesting this horrible news and trying to understand. Gathering ourselves. This action of collective mourning isn’t new to the team. Each week we mourn the loss of another innocent Australian woman’s life, regularly lighting a candle in vigil for women who are victims of violence. Most often we don’t hear about the murders on our televisions or read about them on our Facebook feeds. These deaths happen without publicity, behind closed doors, very often in a woman’s home, and most often at the hands of someone she knows intimately. By the time news of these regular deaths reach us they are a statistic. We mourn them, as we are also mourning 28 year old Qi Yu, whose 19 year old male killer has been arrested in Sydney this week, while police continue the search for her body. Eurydice’s death has not been that. Stalked, raped and killed by a stranger in a public place, her death has become very, very visible. It is shocking, we are outraged, and for GPAN, it feels particularly close. There are some among us who hang out in the same places that Eurydice did, or went to neighbouring schools to hers, or grew up in circles close by. But what has been perhaps even more shocking, even more saddening, what makes her death even more difficult to process, is that her alleged killer Jaymes Todd is a 19 year old man from here in Broadmeadows, the GPAN Project’s local community. We are deeply saddened that a local young person could commit this hideous act. Mourning that both Eurydice, Qi Yu and their killers were young people, like us. Deeply frustrated that our work in the prevention of violence against women did not reach these young men soon enough. We are so sorry that this happened to you Eurydice, and mortified that Jaymes, you are allegedly responsible. We wish that it had not happened. We wish that we had been brought up in a generation where crimes like these were unthinkable, a thing of a dark past. Where rapes and murders like the one you have allegedly committed were not recreated in fiction for you to devour each night on the television screen. Not something for your mates to play out in the world of video games. Not something that you very likely witnessed versions of in the relationships and people around you. We wish that this violence wasn’t normalised, desensitised, already familiar. We wish that you were raised in a community, a city, a world, that taught its young men that violence is never, ever ok and that women are to be cherished and respected and never harmed. That you were educated to understand the connection between disrespectful behaviour: those sexist jokes, calling your mates ‘a girl’ as an insult; and murder. We wish that you knew, without question or doubt, that girls and boys, women and men, are equal. We are sorry, so sorry that it is too late for you Eurydice, and for you Jaymes. May it not be too late for the young men and women around you. May this be the very public outrage that means your friend’s children will never know this violence. May this all not be in vain. -The Good People Act Now Team, June 2018