South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Monday 25 November 2019 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and marks day one of the 16 Days of Activism.

Each year, from 25 November to 10 December, World Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism campaign calls for action against one of the world’s most persistent violations of human rights – violence against women.

During the 16 Days of Activism, people around the world will unite to raise awareness about gender-based violence, challenge discriminatory attitudes and call for improved laws and services to end violence against women for good.

SECASA will be participating in a number of events throughout the period.

Throughout the 16 Days

Social media campaign – Respect Women: Call It Out

This year, the MAV and Respect Victoria are leading a state-wide social media campaign focused on promoting bystander action through Respect Victoria's Respect Women: Call it Out campaign - #callitout #16daysofactivism. This campaign encourages people to call out sexism, sexual harassment and disrespect towards women in their everyday lives, when it is safe to do so.

To enable the participation in this state-wide campaign, Frankston City Council and Mornington Peninsula Shire have purchased 30 selfie Instagram boards for use throughout the catchment. Our ask is for people to take a selfie with the board and post it on their social media with the abovementioned hash tags. By doing so, people are making a public commitment to “…call it out when I witness sexism, sexual harassment and disrespect towards women.” These boards are being distributed to various agencies, including Family Life, Frankston Hospital, PCLC, Chisholm, Good Shepherd, youth centres and libraries.

Tuesday 19th November

Greater Dandenong Walk Against Family Violence

Market Square at the Dandenong Market (corner of Clow and Cleeland streets, Dandenong)

The Greater Dandenong community will once again take to the streets next week in a united stand against family violence. Council is calling on the local community to participate in the walk and be part of the solution.

The walk will begin at Dandenong Market, before making its way through central Dandenong and concluding at Harmony Square.

Friday 22nd November

Cardinia Annual March Against Violence

Pakenham Library
12 noon

The Cardinia Casey Family Violence Network and 'Together We Can' invite you to be a part of the solution to stop, prevent and end family violence in Cardinia Shire. Join us from 11am to make placards for the march. Following the march there will be loads of free activities for parents and carers and their children.

Hastings Street March

Alfred Street Mall, Hastings (near Subway)
11.30am for an 11.45am start

The Westernport Respectful Relationships Committee invites you to march together and show our support for the prevention of family violence. The march ends at Hastings Hall with guest speakers then a free BBQ!

Sunday 24th November

In her shoes. Call it out for her

Frankston Park, Ploughman Place, Frankston
10am – 12pm

Join us for the launch of our installation which aims to raise awareness of the number of women who tragically lose their lives to violence in Australia each year. This event is an opportunity to reflect on the impact of violence against women and how we can all play a role to stop this from happening by calling out sexism, sexual harassment and disrespect towards women in our everyday lives.

Monday 25th November

safe steps Walk Against Family Violence

Federation Square
12.00pm – 1.30pm

The first Walk Against Family Violence was held in 2008 by a committee of family violence services, local councils and Victoria Police, to raise community awareness of family violence, and its impact within the community. Each year the aim is to build greater momentum in make changes within our own families, workplaces, schools and communities, to be accountable for our behaviour and to no longer ignore the effects of violence.

Thursday 28 November

Southern Melbourne Area Family Violence Forum

Dandenong Civic Building, Lonsdale Street, Dandenong
8:30am – 2:30pm

Keynote Speaker - Jess Hill, Author of 'See What You Made Me Do'

The forum aims to capture the collaboration and partnership between the Southern Melbourne Integrated Family Violence Partnership and the Family Violence Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Capacity Building Program.

The forum will also provide an opportunity for southern Melbourne area human services organisations to come together to network and collaborate; and to develop a shared understanding of how working together can improve the outcomes for individuals and families experiencing family violence.

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