Join the movement to prevent violence against women

Published on 20 November 2023

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A society free from gender-based violence starts with respect and we are proud to support the global 2023 campaign, 16 Days of Activism Respect Women
The 16 Days of Activism campaign starts on Saturday 25 November, on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and runs until Saturday 10 December, International Human Rights Day.
Mornington Peninsula Shire is proud to participate in the 16 Days of Activism campaign aligning to our commitment in the Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2030 to increase gender equality and prevent violence against women and their children.
You can participate in a range of events to educate yourself and show your support:

  • Tree of Respect art installation at Hastings Market on Thursday 23 November, 9am-1pm
  • Our Libraries will have colouring-in sheets for kids and a curated book selection on gender equality
  • Upstander training for community groups on Wednesday 29 November, 9:30 - 11:30am. Learn essential skills to help make your community safer, equal and respectful
  • Under Cover, a documentary about the hidden faces of homelessness at Rosebud Cinema on Wednesday 29 November, 7pm
  • White Ribbon event on Saturday 25 November, 11am-3pm at Mount Martha Church
  • Walk Against Family Violence on Friday 24 November, 11am Parliament House Steps, Spring Street Melbourne.

Practical tips
We all have a role to play in increasing gender equality, education and respect starts from an early age. At home, you can educate your family including children and teens by sharing household chores, challenge traditional and outdated gender stereotypes and ‘call out’ disrespectful behaviour and language.

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing violence within your marriage or partnership, support is available locally at The Orange Door 1800 319 353. Getting help to feel safe is okay! You can also call 1800 Respect (1800 737 732) to speak to a trained Counsellor.

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