16 Days of Activism: changing the story

Published on 23 November 2023

16 Days of Activism

Council is proud to be supporting the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign once again in 2023. This year’s campaign is calling on everyone to change the story and create a future where everyone is safe, equal and respected.

The 16 Days of Activism campaign begins on 25 November and will conclude on 10 December. The global movement promotes gender equality and encourages communities to take action to prevent gender-based violence.

Mayor of Maroondah, Councillor Kylie Spears said everyone needs to play a part in preventing gender-based violence.

“Gender-based violence can happen to anyone, of any age, culture, ability or socioeconomic background, so it’s important that we all build systems, cultures, organisations and communities that are safe and inclusive and that promote equal and respectful relationships between people of all genders,” Cr Spears said.

“We can also help support those around us by being ‘active bystanders’ and calling out inappropriate or disrespectful language and behaviour, either in the moment or following an incident.”

Look out for Council’s billboards supporting the state-wide ‘Respect Is’ campaign. There will also be displays at Realm and Croydon Libraries, with books from a variety of genres that focus on family violence, gender equity and respectful relationships.

On Tuesday 5 December, Council is hosting ‘We Need To Talk’ - a free event at Maroondah Federation Estate in Ringwood. The event will include a keynote address by Tarang Chawla, who will introduce attendees to the warning signs of relationship violence and gender inequality; a Q&A with guest panellists will then follow.

“Tarang is an advocate working to end family violence against women and children. He is the co-founder of ‘Not One More Niki’, named after his sister who was a victim of family violence. It’s important to have advocates like Tarang speak at these events, and we are looking forward to hosting this important event for the Maroondah community,” Cr Spears said.

For more information about the event and to register, visit Council’s website.

Where to get help

If you or someone you know is impacted by gender-based violence, partner violence, elder abuse or sexual assault or found this information triggering, contact:

  • 1800 RESPECT or 1800 737 732 for 24/7 confidential counselling, support and safety planning by trained counsellors
  • 1800 015 188 Safe Steps - Victoria’s 24/7 family violence support service
  • 1800 542 847 WithRespect - a specialist LGBTIQ+ family violence service
  • 13YARN / 13 92 76 - a national crisis support line for mob, with Lifeline-trained Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporters available 24/7
  • InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence - call the Telephone Interpreter Service (TIS) on 131 450 and ask them to call 1800 RESPECT or 1800 737 732

In an emergency, you should always call 000.

Further information

For more information, visit the Safe and Equal website and the Respect Victoria website.