Campaign Against Gender-Based Violence Launches In Maribyrnong
Published on 25 November 2022
Violence against women and girls and all other forms of gender-based violence are in the spotlight with the launch of the international 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign.
This annual global initiative, which runs from 25 November to 10 December, seeks to unite individuals, communities, and organisations to address gender inequalities and eradicate violence against women and girls worldwide.
Here in Maribyrnong, Council is hosting a range of events and initiatives as part of this year’s campaign to encourage conversations and participation, inspire action, support community advocacy against gender-based violence and combat gender inequalities across the board.
Join us at the Footscray Library for a conversation between Kristine Ziwica, a Melbourne-based journalist, columnist and consultant, with over twenty years’ experience as a feminist writer and activist, and Nicole Lee, a family violence survivor and advocate.
Other activities include: children’s StoryTime events where children will explore gender equality and kindness while challenging traditional ideas of gender, a film screening of Hidden Figures, and a live musical performance for young people.
For Mayor, Councillor Sarah Carter, who is Council’s Gender Equity Ambassador, addressing gender-based violence and inequality in our community is vital.
“Violence against women continues to be a serious and prevalent problem with devastating and widespread impacts. In Australia, on average, one woman a week is killed by a partner or former partner.
“Recognising this, it is my strong desire that we work in unison to make meaningful and lasting change in our municipality – not just during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign – but every day,” she said.
Council’s Towards Gender Equity 2030 Strategy guides our investment and initiatives to achieve gender equality, prevent gendered and family violence and respond to the needs of all victims and survivors in our municipality in recognition of the need to have a consistent and measured approach to tackle these issues.
If you or someone you know is experiencing family or intimate partner violence, help is available.
You can call the 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732). If you're in immediate danger, call the Police on 000 (triple zero)
For more information, visit maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/16days
Hear directly from Mayor, Cr Sarah Carter below:
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