16 Days of Activism

Published on 25 November 2019

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Council has partnered with Moyne Health Services to support Respect Victoria’s Respect Women: Call it Out campaign during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, which runs from 25 November to 10 December.

The dates are significant, as 25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and 10 December is Human Rights Day.

The campaign urges people to call out sexism, sexual harassment and all disrespectful behaviour that fuels violence against women, and aims to raise awareness that bystanders can have a powerful role in helping change attitudes and behaviours.

Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Mick Wolfe, said Council will use the 16 days to promote Respect Victoria’s campaign and encourage residents to call out violent behaviour against women.

“Across Victoria, councils are uniting under the theme ‘Respect Women: Call It Out’ and encouraging people to have conversations about how to be safe and how to take action,” Cr Wolfe said.

“If you see or hear about disrespectful behaviour, you need to speak up and report it – Call It Out!”

To promote the message during the 16 Days, council buildings will be lit in orange light at night (the colour of the campaign) and resources made available at shire libraries.

“The Port Fairy and Mortlake libraries are taking part in the campaign, bringing in a range of books and other resources specifically targeted at educating our young people about gender equality issues,” Cr Wolfe said.

“Libraries play an important role in the community of bringing people together and we hope that during the campaign, we can continue the discussion around why we need to challenge disrespect towards women and how it links to gender-based violence.”

Karen Foster, Chair of Moyne Health Services said they will also actively promote the messages of the campaign.

“We will be wearing shirts with the Respect Women: Call It Out message to encourage people to speak up and report instances of disrespect against women,” Mrs Foster said.

“Gender violence is an issue that affects our entire community. We need to work together to make our community safe and inclusive for everyone.”

To find out more about activities during the 16 Days campaign in your community and municipalities across Victoria visit the campaign websites at Respect Victoria and Municipal Association of Victoria