16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Published on 24 November 2020

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The City of Stonnington is proud to support Respect Victoria’s Respect Women: ‘Call It Out’ campaign. The campaign is part of the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which runs from 25 November to 10 December.

The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘Respect Is…’ and messages of equality and respect will be highlighted across the state.

City of Stonnington Chief Executive Officer Jacqui Weatherill said, "This is a time to actively promote gender equality and take a stand to end men’s violence against women.

"We are running a number of programs and initiatives to support the campaign including:

  • hosting a ‘Respect is…’ email signature banner on all staff emails
  • displaying a ‘Stonnington says NO to family violence’ video campaign and lighting orange the Prahran Square art poles
  • sharing booklists for children, young people and adults, which challenge traditional gender stereotypes and distributing ‘Respect is…’ bookmarks
  • educating care workers about warning signs of elder abuse and support pathways available, and
  • providing information in Maternal and Child Health Services including appointments and parenting sessions.”

The City of Stonnington received $2,500 from Respect Victoria to run initiatives and increase the community's understanding of respect during the 16 days and beyond.

Statistics show that one in four women have experienced violence by an intimate partner since the age of fifteen (compared to one in thirteen men).

"The City of Stonnington is committed to working closely with our networks such as women’s health services, family violence networks, libraries and local businesses to spread this important message and prevent family violence,” said Ms Weatherill.

All 79 Victorian councils plus 18 specialist non-government organisations are involved in the state-wide Respect Women: ‘Call It Out’ campaign. The Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) and Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) are also partnering with the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) to provide their expertise.

For more information, visit the Respect Victoria website.

If you are experiencing or at risk of experiencing violence, help is available.

Access help 24/7 by calling Safe Steps 1800 015 188 or 1800RESPECT 1800 737 732 or by visiting the Safe Steps website.

If you are worried your behaviour might be harming your partner or family members, call the Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491 to speak to a specialist counsellor.