16 Days of Activism at the City of Monash

Orange light civic centre

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (16 Days of Activism) starts Thursday 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and ends on 10 December – Human Rights Day.

The 16 Days of Activism is a global campaign to raise awareness about violence against women and its impact on a woman's physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being. Read more about the history of the campaign: What are the 16 Days of Activism?

Monash Council has a range of exciting initiatives for you to get involved with to show your support of the campaign and its message that violence against women and family violence is a human rights issue, and that all forms of violence are unacceptable and preventable.  

Look

25 November – 10 December 

The Monash Civic Centre and the Euneva carpark will be lit up in orange - the colour chosen by the United Nations as it symbolises a bright and optimistic future free from violence against women and girls. Encourage your family, friends and networks to check it out.  

Monash's Gender Equity Advisory Committee will be featured in support of the Victorian Government’s theme ‘Call it Out: Respect Women’. Citing their own examples of how they pledge to call it out when they witness discriminatory and sexist acts. Read their quotes below.

Walk

25 November 

Join the Walk Against Family Violence: usually held in Melbourne CBD, this year you can walk anywhere. Walk with others or alone, wear orange or whatever is comfortable.

Share pictures of your walk and use the hashtags #WAFV2021, #WhyWeWalk, #WAFV and #WAFVMonash to raise awareness and show support while you get your steps in. 

More info and to register: Walk Against Family Violence

Watch

2 December, 7pm-8.15pm 

Hear from renowned author Jess Hill in a webinar event brought to you by the Wellbeing Series. 

Jess Hill is an acclaimed and multi-award winning Australian investigative journalist. Winner of the 2020 Stella Prize for her book ‘See what you made me do’ about domestic abuse in Australia and adapted into a 3 part documentary series for SBS. This webinar examines how some relationships are damaging and dangerous and how we can all help change the story. 

Register online now.

We hope to see you at one of the above events. If you have any questions on one of the events or the 16 Days of Activism campaign more broadly, please reach out to the Gender Equity Coordinator at Tracey.Egan@monash.vic.gov.au 

Don’t forget, whilst learning about gender equity and the prevention of violence against women is important work, it can be triggering and tiring. Please look after yourself during the campaign and all year round. If you'd like to talk to someone about how you're feeling, please contact any of the following services: 

Gender Equity Advisory Committee – Call it Out: Respect Women

Choosing to lead with respect in our relationships, workplaces, schools, universities, and homes can ultimately prevent family violence and violence against women.

In support of the Victorian Government's 16 Days of Activism theme; Call it Out: Respect Women, members of the Monash Gender Equity Advisory Committee have reflected on the ways they call out gender inequality. 

Alex: “I call it out by having meaningful conversations about gender equity with my family, friends and loved ones. Everyone has a role to play in creating a more just and equal society.” 

Christopher Unwin: “I call it out every day by challenging misguided opinions, whether it be from colleagues, family or friends.” 

Cr Anjalee de Silva: “I call it out by using my social media presence to bring attention and call for an end to discrimination and violence against women.” 

Cr Stuart James: “I call it out by speaking up and challenging accepted norms amongst friends, in the workplace and on social media and by setting an example as a father, leader and advocate for equality.”

Debbie: "I call it out by raising awareness, challenging the status quo and empowering women to own their rights" 

Diana: “I call it out by challenging the ongoing discrimination of women in the workforce”. 

Emily: "I call it out by having conversations with those whose ideas may differ from ours, and encouraging those around me to become more involved in the movement for gender equality, especially the younger generation who will be our future."

Jade: “I call it out every day by questioning inappropriate jokes or comments, and providing space to unpack why they’re not okay." 

Jazzy: “I call it out by sharing my experience to educate others about the importance of respect.” 

Kirsty: “I call it out by showing my disapproval (pursing my lips and shaking my head) when people make sexist jokes.” 

Nandini: “I call it out by standing up to people who try to intimidate or put down others.”

Prabha: "I call it out by actively listening and believing victims experiences and stand by victims' side to show support." 

Tania: “I call it out in meetings when the very valuable view, idea or opinion offered by a woman is dismissed, ignored or appropriated by others in the room.”