16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Published on 18 November 2020

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign held annually between 25 November and 10 December to challenge violence against people based on their gender, or violence that affects people of a particular gender disproportionately. It is most frequently used to describe men’s violence against women.

Hume City Council is offering a range of FREE activities that ignite conversation, encourage change, and work towards a future where everyone is safe, equal, and respected.

If you are in danger

  • If you or someone you know needs help with a family violence situation call 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT online.
  • Call 000 if it is an emergency.
  • Local supports can be found at Ask Izzy.

 

Wednesday 25 November

Walk Against Violence

In line with this year’s theme of 'Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!', and to show your support for the prevention of violence, take a walk in your local neighbourhood wearing something orange on Wednesday 25 November.

You can tell us about your adventures by sharing a photo of yourself and your walking group, or a photo of somewhere that you feel safe using the hashtags #16DaysCampaign and #WAFV2020. For more information about the Walk or to register, please visit Safe Steps.

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Roxburgh Park Women’s Circle: Feminism in a CALD Community

7pm – 8.30pm | Book through Eventbrite

An interactive workshop delivered by local resident, trained WIRE Volunteer with qualifications in psychology and education Serap Feliz. She will talk about her experience as a Muslim sister and strategies to deal with negativity.

Thursday 26 November

Business Workshop: Gender Equity in the Workplace

10am – 12.30pm | Book through Eventbrite

An interactive workshop for business owners and employees that introduces key concepts relating to gender equality and its impact in the workplace.

Respectful Relationships Lunchtime Workshop

12pm – 12.45pm | Book through Eventbrite

A 45-minute presentation from DPV Health. This workshop will provide you with strategies to help build stronger, happier relationships with your family and friends.

Sunday 29 November

Self Portraits of Resilience

10am – 1pm | Book through Eventbrite

Learn the skills to draw a self-portrait that reflects your strength and resilience against family violence. You will briefly hear some insights from a family violence practitioner, before participating in the class with professional local artist Shay Downer.

Monday 30 November

Children’s Storytime

10am | Hume Libraries Facebook Page

Join our live storytime session on the Hume Libraries Facebook page, focusing on kindness and respect.

Tuesday 1 December

Respectful Relationships Evening Workshop

6pm – 6.45pm | Book through Eventbrite

A 45-minute presentation from DPV Health. This workshop will provide you with strategies to help build stronger, happier relationships with your family and friends.

Wednesday 2 December

In conversation with Jess Hill, winner of the Stella Prize 2020

6pm – 6.30pm | Book through Eventbrite

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In See What You Made Me Do Jess Hill combines riveting storytelling and forensic research to take the reader on a deep-dive into power, control, and the systems that enable family violence. Join Jess for a discussion about her work and a live Q&A.

Thursday 3 December

Active Bystander Training

10am – 12pm | Book through Eventbrite | Two part session over 3 and 10 December 

The Active Bystander Training aims to build the knowledge, skills, and confidence of participants to intervene when they observe behaviours that perpetuate gender inequality or inappropriate behaviour in the community. Please note: this workshop runs over two sessions and participants must attend both.

Accessing Legal Advice Information Session

1.30pm – 2.30pm | Book through Eventbrite

The Northern Community Legal Centre provides free and confidential legal advice and assistance to people who live, work, or study in Moreland City, Hume City, Mitchell Shire local government areas. Come and listen to what free services and programs they have to offer.

Stand Together, Safe and Equal: Interfaith Webinar

5.30pm – 7.30pm | Book through Eventbrite

Join interfaith network members and religious leaders from across Melbourne for a webinar to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality in promoting healthy relationships and safety for women and children in faith communities.

Friday 4 December

Project Respect: Human Trafficking Information Session

1pm – 2.30pm | Book through Eventbrite

This information session will introduce you to the components and indicators of human trafficking, the gendered nature of the crime, as well as support pathways for victims and survivors in Australia.

Monday 7 December

Children’s Storytime

10am | Hume Libraries Facebook Page

Join our live storytime session on the Hume Libraries Facebook page, focusing on kindness and respect.


Get involved!

There are plenty of ways you can get involved in the 16 Days of Activism.

One Million Stars to End Violence Project

Feeling crafty? One Million Stars to End Violence is an international project involving weaving stars to join the conversation about how our community can unite to prevent family violence. View the star weaving tutorial and find out more about this project by visiting One Million Stars. Once completed, you can share a picture of your star using the hashtag #16DaysCampaign.

Share the Dignity: It’s In the Bag

Share the Dignity is a charity that works to make a real, on-the-ground difference to the lives of those experiencing homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, or doing it tough. Their annual It’s In the Bag campaign will be taking place between 20 and 29 November 2020.

You can provide your support by donating a handbag, backpack or tote filled with personal hygiene products to be distributed to women in need. Drop off points are available at Bunnings stores nationwide. For more information or guidance on what to include in your bag, visit Share the Dignity