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16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence – Respect Women: Call it out (Respect is…)

Friday 25 November 2022

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The worldwide campaign 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence begins on Friday 25 November 2022 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) and the campaign runs up until World Human Rights Day, 10 December 2022.

This year we are proud to support Respect Victoria’s theme Respect Women: Call it out (Respect Is…). The theme encourages each of us to call out sexism, sexual harassment, and disrespect towards women.  It provides an opportunity for everyone in the community to reflect upon and learn about what respect is, what it looks like, and how we can put it into practice.

How you can get involved

  • Become an activist in preventing VAWG by taking a stand publicly
  • Engage in awareness raising actives and events in the community
  • Participate in the reimagined Walk against Family Violence 2022
  • Promote the leadership of women and girls
  • Borrow books from Bayside Library Services 16 Days booklist

 The problem is local too – VAWG statistics in Bayside

  • Family incidents reported within Bayside in the year 2022 were 762, a 6.1% increase from 2020.
  • Six in ten family violence incidents within Bayside occurred between current or former partners
  • Across Victoria, women are three times more likely than men to experience violence from a current or former partner.
  • Nearly 2 in 5 women with disabilities have experienced violence from a partner, ex-partner or family member.
  • 1 in 3 LGBTIQ+ people has experienced violence from a partner, ex-partner or family member.

A short history of 16 Days of Activism

On 25 November 1960, three sisters from the Dominican Republic were beaten to death and dumped at the bottom of a cliff by President Rafael Trujillo’s secret police. The Mirabal sisters, Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa, who had been activists actively opposed the cruelty and systematic violence of the Trujillo dictatorship, became symbols of the feminist resistance.

In commemorating their deaths, 25 November was declared International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Latin America in 1980. The United Nations formally recognised this international day in 1999.

The Mirabal Sisters, political activists whose deaths were commemorated with the establishment of The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Our role in preventing family violence

We are working towards a community free from family violence. We are committed to a community approach to prevent and support those affected. We continue to stand in partnership with the community to put an end to family violence.

More on our role in preventing family violence

 

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