16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

News | 20 November 2019

Respect Victoria

The City of Stonnington has joined Councils across Victoria to call for an end to family violence and violence against women as part of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

The Respect Women: ‘Call It Out’ campaign asks Victorians to call out the drivers of family violence and encourages people to be active bystanders and safely take action when witnessing everyday sexism, discrimination and inequality.

To support community members to safely call out disrespectful behaviour, we’re hosting Active Bystander Training in partnership with the City of Glen Eira on Tuesday 10 December in our Chapel On Chapel in Prahran. It’s a free event, but bookings are essential.

Most people want to take effective action in challenging situations, they just don't know how. In this half day training session participants will learn how to:

  • challenge behaviour that reinforces sexist beliefs and stereotypes
  • safely intervene when witnessing disrespect
  • have conversations with friends, family and colleagues

During the 16 Days campaign, Stonnington libraries will be facilitating storytime sessions featuring children’s books that challenge gender norms and promote gender equality:

  • Prahran Library – Monday 25 November 11-11.45am
  • Malvern Library – Tuesday 26 November 11-11.45am
  • Toorak/South Yarra Library – Wednesday 27 November 11-11.45am
  • Phoenix Park Library – Thursday 28 November 11-11.45am

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au - in an emergency, call 000.