16 Days of Activism


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

The campaign starts 25 November the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and concludes 10 December, Human Rights Day.

The Shire is supporting Respect Victoria's Campaign RESPECT WOMEN: CALL IT OUT.  The 2020 theme is "Respect is...." supporting communities to engage in conversations about 'respect' - what it means to you, what respect looks like and how to put respect into practice.

16 Days of Activism Events

 The Shire is supporting a number of community events including;

  • Tune in to Dreamhouse Theatre Company's online performance of Darker on Wednesday 25 November at 7pm. Young women (aged 16-20 years) from the Peninsula will perform DarkerDarker grew from stories shared by women on the Mornington Peninsula at ‘A Woman’s Place’.
  • It is great to challenge gender stereotypes at an early age. Join us on Thursday 26 November at 11am for a special Gender Equality Library Storytime hosted on Our Library Facebook
  •  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 needs 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