16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence

Published on 25 November 2020

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The City of Maribyrnong is proud to once again support the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, an annual international campaign featuring local activities that aim to raise awareness about gender-based violence.

16 Days of Activism started 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.

There are a number of ways you get can involved and show your support, including a range of local thought-provoking events seeking to engage the community. Local events include:

Pitchface Couch Choir performance of ‘Boys Don’t Cry’  

Tune in to Council’s Facebook page at 3pm, Sunday 29 November to view a powerful performance by west-side women’s choir Pitchface of ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ by The Cure. The song is a call to action to free men and boys from outdated stereotypes around what it means to be a man, and to build a safer and more equal society.  

Written in 1979 by Robert Smith, ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ highlights the way that men and boys in society have traditionally been raised to hide their emotions. There is now strong evidence from organisations including OurWatch and VicHealth that these stereotyped constructions of masculinity do great harm to men and boys, and are drivers of violence against women.

Pitchface’s performance is supported by Council and Respect Victoria’s Respect Women: Call it Out campaign.  

Be an Ally  

This year, the Preventing Violence Together Partnership (Western Region) are focusing on inviting men to be an ally in ending violence against women. In the resources provided, there are five themes that introduce Allyship, and each theme includes opportunities to self-reflect (via reading and engaging in resources) and take action in three spheres of life: personal, work and social. To register for the free resources, visit the 16 Days of Allyship website.  

Towards Gender Equity 2030 strategy  

Council’s annual participation in the campaign is a key action in our Towards Gender Equity 2030 strategy, a document that outlines Council’s vision whereby all people in Maribyrnong live free from violence and discrimination, and have equal status, rights, opportunities, representation and respect, regardless of their gender.  

For more information about the events and programs, please visit Council’s website.  

For more information about Council’s Towards Gender Equity 2030 Strategy, and to download a copy, please visit Council’s website.    

Message from the Mayor, Cr Michael Clarke  

Maribyrnong City Council is proud to support 16 Days of Activism, a program that provides an opportunity for our community to come together and stand with us and take action against gender-based violence. This violence is an issue that affects our entire community, and by working together we can stand up for gender respect and equity, and drive cultural change to make our community a safe and inclusive place for everyone. 

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