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 2022 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

  • Author Talk: Ruth Cyster-Stuettgen - Join Ruth to discuss her book, "From Misery to Mastery" in support of 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence. Click here to book your spot!
  • Join Zonta Club of Mornington Peninsula on Friday 25th November 7.30pm at McCrae Lighthouse.  The lighthouse will be illuminated in orange to acknowledge International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
  • 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.


Frankston Council Activities

Launch Event - Community Presentation Event with footy legend, Phil Cleary
Friday 25 November, 1-2:30pm at Functions By The Bay

To celebrate the launch of this years' 16 Days campaign, Frankston City Council is proud to host a free community presentation with anti-violence campaigner and former footy legend Phil Cleary on understanding the root causes of violence and how everyone can help stop it before it starts. Bookings are essential, click here to reserve your place


Love Shouldn't Hurt Presentation and Morning Tea (Women-Only Event)
Tuesday 29 November, 9:30-10:30am

Join us with experts from Peninsula Community Legal on why "Love Shouldn't Hurt" and what to look out for when your relationship doesn't feel right. Learn how family violence can come in many forms and is not always about physical abuse. The event will be a facilitated discussion with Q+A followed by morning tea with referral to support and resources for women. To book, please call Karingal Place Neighbourhood Centre on 8786 6650. Bookings open Monday 7 November and close on Monday 28 November 2022.

FrankTALK with Jane Gilmore: Teaching Consent
Wednesday 1 December, 7-8pm at Carrum Downs Library

As part of Frankston City Council’s 16 Days of Activism program, join writer and interviewer Claire Halliday as she explores an important conversation with Jane Gilmore at this live event. Teaching Consent tells the stories of children, teens, teachers, and educators in consent and respectful relationship classes. Jane Gilmore also led the ‘Fixed It’ campaign, in 2014 as a response to the way the media reports on men’s violence against women. In 2019, her insights into men’s violence, women’s (mis)representation and the media were published in her debut book, Fixed It. Bookings are essential, click here to book your place.

Strong Sisters Sports Festival
Saturday 10 December, 12-4pm at Belvedere Reserve (Oval 1)

The inspiring Strong Women documentary and its Strong Sisters Sports Festival initiative aim to motivate women and girls to reach their fullest potential by engaging in physical activity and strengthening their bodies and mind. To help empower women and girls to participate in sport, Council is hosting a FREE COME and TRY DAY with Strong Sisters Sports Festival with a variety of sports on offer such as: AFL, soccer, gymnastics, hockey, tennis, cricket and more! This event is open to all, with a focus on engaging with mothers (mother figures) and daughters creating a pathway to ongoing participation in a local sport or activity.


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.