ON Saturday night, 35,000 Bluebaggers’ pulled up their socks at the fourth AFL Carlton Respects game to promote gender equality for the prevention of violence against women.

In 2018, 69 women lost their lives at the hands of their current or former partner.

At 7pm on Saturday night, the lights were switched off at Marvel Stadium and a minute’s silence was held to recognise the women who lost their lives due to violence from a current or former partner in Australia in 2018.

The crowd stood silent as 69 people surrounded the centre square with orange lights for 69 seconds to pay tribute to the lives lost.

Carlton players swapped their traditional navy socks for orange ones, with orange representing the international colour of harmony as well as the colour of Carlton Respects, in a bid to promote gender equality and raise awareness of the devastating effects of violence against women.