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Libraries helping start conversations for 16 Days in WA

Library 25 November 2019

City of South Perth Libraries are supporting the 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women initiative, having stocked up on books that explore violence against women in order to stimulate positive conversations. 

Beginning today – on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – and running until 10 December 2019, 16 Days in WA is inspired by UN Women’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign to end violence against women and girls across the world. Currently, more than 3,700 organisations from over 160 countries participate in the global campaign annually.

South Perth Libraries encourage education and thoughtful exchange of ideas, and through a specially chosen list of books – including recent big name blockbusters – aim to raise awareness and education through reading.

Below is a list of books recommended by the State Library of Western Australia that examine the issue of violence against women for book clubs and library members: 

  • The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood 
  • The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins 
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
  • Asking for it – Louise O’Neill
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini 
  • Desert Flower – Waris Dirie and Catherine Miller
  • Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
  • Too Much Lip – Melissa Lucashenko 
  • The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls
  • This Charming Man – Marian Keys
  • Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens 
  • See What you Made me do – Jess Hill 
  • My Name is Lucy Barton – Elizabeth Strout 
  • Anything is Possible – Elizabeth Strout 
  • Ghost Wall – Sarah Moss 
  • Educated – Tara Westover 

Visit South Perth or Manning Library today and grab one of these recommended reads. 

For more information on the 16 Days initiative, visit the International Women’s Development Agency website

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