16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence runs from 25 November to 10 December. The 2021 global theme is “Orange the World: End violence against women now!”
It begins each year on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until Human Rights Day. We encourage you to share #16Days and #OrangeTheWorld hashtag posts during this time to encourage discussion, action and cultural change.
UN Women Australia says nearly 1 in 3 women have been abused in their lifetime. In times of crises, the numbers rise, as seen during the COVID-19 pandemic and recent humanitarian crises, conflicts and climate disasters. A new report from UN Women, based on data from 13 countries since the pandemic, shows that 2 in 3 women reported that they or a woman they know experienced some form of violence and are more likely to face food insecurity. Only 1 in 10 women said that victims would go to the police for help.
How can you be a voice for change?
16 Days in 16 Ways Challenge – 25th Nov to 10th Dec
During #16days, we’re encouraging everyone to follow along with the calendar from GCASA. The 16 Days in 16 Ways calendar is a fun activity to engage with individuals, families, workplaces, schools and the community. The challenge consists of a calendar of tasks over 16 Days. Once completed, participants can draw a picture, take a picture, or upload an image on GCASA Instagram or Facebook. We’ll share the challenges each day in our Instagram and Facebook stories, or you can download the calendar.
Walk against Family Violence – 25th November
Join people across Victoria to raise awareness and walk in solidarity with victim-survivors of family violence and violence against women at the 13th Annual Walk Against Family Violence. In previous years, the walk has been held around Melbourne’s CBD, but you can participate in a ‘walk from home’ event this year. Registration is now open. Show your support for victims and survivors by wearing orange and help to send the message that violence is never ok. Share a photo or video from your walk and use the hashtags #WAFV2021, #WhyWeWalk and #WAFV on social media.
Online Event – Let’s Chat with Kerryn Vaughan – 10th December
Kerryn is a Gippsland based author, podcast host and in-demand speaker. We’ll be chatting with Kerryn about her books, life journey and discussing ways to empower everyday people to start conversations around gender equality and respect. The chat will be held over Zoom on Friday 10th December from 12.30pm. You’ll have the opportunity to ask Kerryn questions and share your thoughts. We’d love you to join us. Bookings are now open.
Let’s Chat film making campaign – November 2021 to February 2022
Join Let’s Chat Gippsland for a film making campaign. They’ll be exploring the themes of gender equality and respect in relationships and hosting filmmaking workshops in November and January 2022. The films will be shared on social media and in cinemas across Gippsland for International Women’s Day in 2022. Register for the film making sessions here or for more information: contact Gerrie Werner via Gerrie.Werner@lchs.com.au