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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

November–December
A global campaign dedicated to ending gender-based violence and raising awareness about the impact of violence against women.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global campaign dedicated to ending gender-based violence and raising awareness about the impact of violence against women. It begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25) and ends on International Human Rights Day (December 10) to emphasise that violence against women is a violation of human rights.

This year, Council is supporting Respect Victoria's Respect Women: Call it Out campaign, which encourages people to call out sexism, sexual harassment and disrespect towards women.

You can get involved by joining the following community events:

2021 Walk Against Family Violence (25 November)

Join people across Victoria to raise awareness and walk in solidarity with victim-survivors of family violence and violence against women at the 13th Annual Walk Against Family Violence on Thursday 25 November 2021.

Wear orange and go for a walk or wheelchair around the block, a walk with a friend, or find a group to join. Share a photo or video from your walk using #WAFV2021, #WhyWeWalk and #WAFV hashtags on social media. Public health restrictions and limits on public gatherings mean this year’s event will look different but the purpose remains the same – to take a collective stand against family violence.

Register your walk at https://walk.safesteps.org.au/

Gender Equity and Respectful Relationships Storytime! (25 November)
Darebin City Council will be participating in the 16 Days of Activism Campaign with an interactive online storytime session. This is a free online event that aims to create awareness, facilitate conversations and challenge the issues of gender inequality and violence against women. Register here.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Resource List

Darebin Libraries have curated several resources for children, young adults and adults that challenge stereotypes and promote gender equity, including a 16 Days of Activism booklist. The Libraries team has also developed a filmlist on Kanopy, which will be available from the Darebin Libraries Facebook page next week.

If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, help is available. Contact Safe Steps 24/7 on 1800 015 188. Call 000 if you are in immediate danger.

Visit Council’s Family Violence and Counselling page for more information about family violence support services and organisations in Darebin.