16 Days of Activism at the City of Monash

Orange light civic centre

Everyone has a role to play in ending gender-based violence

16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence is a widely recognised global campaign that signifies action towards ending violence against women and girls around the world.

It starts on 25 November 2022, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and ends on 10 December 2022 – Human Rights Day.

Council is proud to be supporting 16 Days of Activism and will host several activities to help our community ‘get involved’ and champion positive messages of gender equality, while raising awareness that violence against women, including family violence, are human rights issues, and are unacceptable and preventable.  

What is happening?  

Lights on! Council will light up its Civic Centre, Glen Waverley in orange.  A signature campaign colour of the 16 Days of Activism that symbolises a bright and optimistic future free from violence against women and girls.  

Library Events!

‘Margins to the Mainstream: Preventing violence against women with disabilities’  

In partnership with Women’s Health in the East we will be screening ‘Stop Violence Before It Starts’ documentary and hosting a Q&A Panel.  
Thursday 8 December 2022, 1pm - 2.30pm  
Bookings: www.trybooking.com/CDSML  


A film based on the tragic murders of Melbourne women Jill Meagher and Tracy Connelly.  
Thursday 1 December 2022, 6pm 
Bookings: www.trybooking.com/CDGXY  

‘Made in Dagenham’

Based in 1960s when the fight for equal rights and pay was led by ordinary working-class women.  
Thursday 1 December 2022, 6.40pm  
Bookings at www.trybooking.com/CDGYA  

Children Storytime!  

Families with young children will hear age-appropriate stories about gender equality.
Friday 25 November 2022, 4pm

Bookings: www.trybooking.com/CDGXJ

Social media Campaign. Check out and share content from our social media campaign that supports Respect Victoria ‘call it out’ campaign. They serve as great conversation starters to raise awareness with friends and family.

Council’s Gender Equity Action Committee. Members will explore the drivers of violence against women, the link to gender inequality, and reflect and celebrate the role the group has and can play in prevention.

What else can you do?

Walk Against Violence!

Join the Walk Against Family Violence held on Friday 25 November 2022 in Melbourne's CDB (starting 11.30am at Parliament house) or participate in an individual or community walk near you. 

Share pictures of your walk and use the hashtags #WAFV2022, #WhyWeWalk, #WAFV and #WAFVMonash to raise awareness and show support while you get your steps in.  

More information at Walk Against Family Violence

Call it Out! When you see disrespect of women, call it out.  You can find out more information and resources here: 16 Days of Activism 2022 – Respect Women: ‘Call It Out’ (Respect Is) | Respect Victoria

Why is this important?

Did you know?

  • 1 in 2 women have experienced sexual harassment since the age of 15  
  • 1 in 4 women have experienced violence by an intimate partner since the age of 15  
  • 1 in 5 women have experienced sexual assault since the age of 15  
  • 1 in 3 LGBTIQA+ people have experienced violence from a partner, ex-partner, or family member  
  • 3 in 5 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have experienced physical or sexual violence perpetrated by a male intimate partner.  

(Data Sourced: Safe and Equal, 2022)

Gender based violence is a prevalent and distressing issue in Australia, and while the statistics are confronting, we know that it is preventable.

Stopping gender-based violence starts with addressing gender equality. We all have a role to play in changing attitudes and creating a more equitable world.

Support is available

If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, help is available.


  • Friday, 25 November 2022 | 11:00 AM - Saturday, 10 December 2022 | 11:00 PM