16 Days of Activism

Respect is… creating a future where we are all safe and equal

Stonnington proudly supports the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence - a global campaign dedicated to raising awareness about the impact of violence, particularly on women.

The campaign starts on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.

The Respect Women: ‘Call It Out’ (Respect is…) initiative coincides with the 16 Days of Activism, encouraging Victorians to call out sexism, sexual harassment and disrespect towards women, when safe to do so.

During the 16 Days of Activism in 2021, Stonnington is:

  • Hosting a parenting session on Breaking Down Gender Stereotypes, 25 November, 7.30 – 8.30pm
  • Hosting an ‘Unpacking the Man Box’ community awareness session on 1 December, 7 – 8.15pm, to launch the Modelling Respect and Equity (MoRE) program.
  • Hosting a Respect is… sight and sound installation at The Pipes in Prahran Square
  • Hosting a Youth Art Competition and exhibition ‘To Us, Respect Is…’ for all young people aged 12 – 25, from 3 - 10 December.
  • Reading and sharing books that promote boys and girls as equals during themed story time sessions in our Libraries
  • Uniting under the colour orange to respect women and ‘Call it out’. Orange symbolises hope and optimism for a future free from violence against women and girls.  Gardens beds in Malvern Public Gardens will be blooming with orange marigolds and our trucks and buses will proudly display an orange ribbon to demonstrate support for #16dayscampaign. 

How to ‘Call it out’

‘Call it out’ is a broad term for responding in some way to behaviours that may be deemed sexist, disrespectful, abusive or constitute sexual harassment.

Learn more about what to do when you see disrespect towards women:

Fast facts and other resources

Visit the 16 Days of Activism toolkit for the latest statistics and facts on the impacts of violence and gender equality

City of Stonnington fact sheet: gender issues and the impact on health(PDF, 247KB)

Hot topics for 16 Days

Challenge yourself to learn something new every day about gender equality creating a respectful, safe and more equal society.

Raising boys to be healthy men

How to be a man. Breaking free from outdated rules, VicHealth, 2020

Breaking free from gender stereotypes, VicHealth, 2020

Gender equality benefits everyone

The Man Box – The Men’s Project, Jesuit Social Services, 2018

Why Gender Equality Is Good for Everyone — Men Included,Michael Kimmel, TED Talks

The Lift - what is the gender pay gap?, Workplace Gender Equality Agency

Call it out

Bystander action on preventing violence against women, VicHealth, 2012

Calling out elder abuse, Seniors Victoria

Together we’re stronger, Gender Equity Victoria

Online Bystander Intervention - Your Voice Matters! Gender Equity Victoria

No excuse for abuse

There is no excuse for family violence, Victoria Police, 2020

Tea Consent, 2015

Everyday sexism Laura Bates, TedX Talk, 2019

Violence against women—it's a men's issue, Jackson Katz at TEDxFiDiWomen

Elder Abuse – Know the signs, Human Rights Association, 2020