16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence

Published on 05 November 2019

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Maribyrnong is proud to once again support the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, featuring local activities as part of international efforts to raise awareness about gender-based violence.

16 Days of Activism starts on 25 November, coinciding with International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and wraps up on 10 December, which marks Human Rights Day.

With a range of thought-provoking events that seek to engage the community with social justice and human rights issues, there are a number of ways you can get involved and show your support for the cause.

Become a 16 Days Activist

25 November – 10 December
Sign up for the 16 Days Activist Challenge and join others from the West taking daily actions to promote gender equality and end violence against women.

ASPIRE Photo Exhibit Launch and Walk Against Family Violence

Monday 25 November, 9-11am
Braybrook Community Hub
Join us at the launch of the ASPIRE photo exhibition, a collection of photographs by women who have experienced family violence, or supported other women experiencing violence. Following the ASPIRE launch, community members are invited to join us for the annual Walk Against Family Violence, starting at Fed Square.

A fundamentally flawed love story

Thursday 28 November, 6-8.30pm
Kindred Studios, Yarraville
An original musical theatre piece that tells the love story of a migrant couple, from initial romance to eventual domestic violence. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion.

16 Days of Activism @ Big Bang

Friday 29 November, 4-6pm
RecWest Braybrook
Join the Phoenix Youth team for an informative, fun and interactive evening for young people aged 12-22 years. This event will explore the challenges and impacts that gender based inequalities have on women’s participation in sports and recreation.

A conversation on #MeToo: Stories from the Australian movement

Thursday 5 December, 6-7.30pm
Footscray Library
An author’s talk will be hosted at Footscray Library with contributors of the #MeToo: Stories from the Australian Movement anthology, followed by a panel discussion. The collection of writing by 35 Australian women provides a commentary on the MeToo hashtag that went viral in October 2018 and the impact this has had on women from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

16 Days of Activism runs from 25 November to 10 December. View the events taking place throughout Maribyrnong here.

You can learn more about 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence at the official campaign website.

Message from the Mayor, Cr Martin Zakharov

Maribyrnong City Council is proud to stand up for gender respect and equity and to say a loud ‘no’ to gender-based violence. 16 Days of Activism provides an opportunity for our community to stand with us and take action. Gender-based violence does not discriminate and is an issue that affects our entire community. By working together, we can drive cultural change to make our community a safe and inclusive place for everyone. 

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