16 Days of Activism

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The 16 Days initiative from 25 November to 10 December 2020, coincides with the United Nation’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

'Respect is…' is the theme of Respect Victoria’s 2020 campaign.

This positive message aims to support Victorian communities to engage in conversations about ‘respect’:

  • what respect means to us
  • what respect looks like
  • how to put respect into practice, especially in the context of gender equality. 

The call to action is again 'Respect Women: Call It Out'.

The campaign encourages people to ‘call it out’ when they witness disrespect, sexism, harassment and abuse - behaviours that can lead to violence against women.

Hot topics for 16 days 

Challenge yourself to learn something new every day about gender equality and how to make a happier, safer and more equal society. Gender equality benefits everyone.

The Man Box – The Men’s Project

Why Gender Equality Is Good for Everyone — Men Included

The Lift - what is the gender pay gap?

Calling it out

Bystander action on preventing violence against women

Respect older people: Call it out

Monash University: Be an active bystander. Do not stand by, step up!

No excuse for abuse

There is no excuse for family violence, Victoria Police

Healthy and respectful / Respect is…

Annabel Crabb on gender roles and the workplace in modern Australia

Everyday sexism

Everyday sexism, Laura Bates, 2019.

Violence against women

Violence against women – it's a men's issue.

It happens here

16 Days of Activism: Family Violence

Family violence happens everywhere… It happens here.

Abuse can be physical, financial, psychological, neglect, sexual or verbal.

Help is available.

If you or someone you know is experiencing any type of abuse or family violence please call 1800RESPECT or 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au

It’s ok to seek support on behalf of somebody else. Please reach out and speak up.

Call 000 if you are in danger.