16 Days of Activism

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16 Days of Activism is an annual international campaign against gender-based violence to challenge violence against women and girls.

Starting 25 November on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and finishing 10 December - Human Rights Day.

The Shire is supporting Respect Victoria's Campaign: RESPECT WOMEN: CALL IT OUT

The 2021 theme is "Respect is...." supporting communities to engage in conversations about 'respect'.  What respect means to you, what respect looks like and how to put respect into practice.

16 Days of Activism Events

  • Upstander training - This training will provide you with tips and tools for how you can respond effectively to disrespectful comments. Join the free session being held online over two sessions on 23rd and 30th November 1-2.30pm bookings essential.
  • 16K's in 16 Days - Steps for Respect - Respecting Seniors Network has partnered with Zonta to encourage you to walk 16k's in 16 Days to support respect for older women.  Log your steps on a virtual community pedometer!
  • One Billion Stars to End Violence - Join the online launch of One Billion Stars Project on 25th November 10am-11am. Join and connect through this global weaving movement being lead by the Neighbourhood Houses on the Mornington Peninsula.
  • Libraries online Author Talk -  Join us when Claire Halliday has a conversation with Dr Yumiko Kadota about her book "Emotional Female" on Tuesday 30th November 7pm-8pm. Book your tickets through Eventbrite 
  • Show your support and wear something orange, the colour designated by the United Nations for this cause. Bright and optimistic, orange represents a future free from violence against women and girls

If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence, please visit out page on family violence help, support and information.

Why are you only focusing on men’s violence against women? What about women’s violence against men?

The Shire acknowledges that violence is experienced by both men and women. All forms of violence are unacceptable. However, the majority of family violence victims in Australia are women, and this is most likely to be perpetrated by a man.  

What else is the Shire doing in the family violence space / how can I get more information?

The Shire has a long-standing commitment to working in partnership to address the gendered drivers of family violence in our community by supporting efforts in:

  • Challenging condoning of violence against women
  • Promoting women’s independence and decision-making
  • Challenging gender stereotypes and roles
  • Strengthening positive, equal and respectful relationships

Learn more on our Gender Equality and Gender Equality Strategy pages.