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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

"Bring gender equality into your life, your work, your community and your world."


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Alpine Shire Council and Alpine Health are committed to preventing the harms caused by family violence and call on the community to ‘Call it Out’.

‘Gender-based violence’ includes all forms of violence against people based on their gender, or violence that affects people of a particular gender disproportionately. It is most frequently used to describe men’s violence against women.

Family violence involves patterns of coercive, controlling and abusive behaviours inflicted on victim survivors resulting in fear for their own or someone else’s safety and wellbeing. Family violence can take many forms including coercive control, physical, sexual, psychological, emotional and spiritual violence. It also includes financial/economic abuse and technology facilitated abuse. Family violence can occur within a diverse range of family units including:

  • Intimate partners (current or former): married or de facto couples with or without children
  • Other family members; including siblings, step-parents, extended kinship connections
  • Adolescent or adult children and their parents
  • Older people and their adult children, relatives or carers
  • People with disabilities and their relatives or carers.

How you can join our campaign

What does change look like? You have the power!

In Australia, on average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner. Violence against women is driven by gender inequality. We can achieve gender equality and prevent violence against women through active learning, conscious decisions, respectful behaviour and by eliminating unconscious bias at home, at work and in the community.

During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, from November 25 to December 10, use your voice, your platform and your own actions to bring gender equality into your work, your community and your world and to prevent gender-based violence.

  1. Challenge notions of outdated gender stereotypes – "men's work" or "women's work". 
    • At home commit to changing the gendered landscape of your domestic life and strive to share caring and domestic duties equally
  2. Advocate for flexible work options
    • At work, advocate for flexible work options for all and shared care parental leave so that all parents and carers have equal opportunity to make, and are equally valued for their contribution to both paid and unpaid work.
  3. Adopt best practice models around work security
    • Granting all workers, regardless of status, the same basic rights – minimum wage, paid leave, public holidays, OHS protection and collective bargaining.  Consider those working on a regular basis for six months, to convert to permanent work.
  4. Increase women’s leadership and financial security
    • Advocate for gender quotas in your workplace or organisation.
    • And pay all employees equally
  5. Call it out …
    • Sexism, homophobia, disrespect towards women, aggression do not belong in workplaces or in our communities.
    • At work, create safe workplaces for all, where disrespect and discriminatory comments are not tolerated and where clear processes exist for confidentiality reporting and acting upon harassment and violence.
  6. Create a culture that embraces, supports, designs for and celebrates difference
    • At home, ask and use people’s correct personal pronouns, acknowledge Indigenous country, notice the way people refer to their experience of disability.
    • At work, examine hiring practices, workplace culture, meeting processes, communications’ models, and accessibility through the perspective of people who might experience discrimination on multiple forms.
  7. Understand our own privilege
    • Listen to the voices of people who are transforming the landscape of political action, reinventing the feminist movement, and offering us a vision for the future that prioritises collective wellbeing and prosperity.
  8. Support access to accurate sexual and reproductive health information and services
    • Talk with co-workers, employees, clients and members of your community about what they need, and get started on building an inclusive space with mobility space and facilities to support equality of access, accessible toilets with menstrual products and disposal units, appropriate temperature control and comfortable breast feeding and parenting spaces.

What does Active Bystander action look like?

There are a range of ways you can respond to sexism, harassment and disrespect towards women, depending on the context and your level of confidence. These can be grouped into four categories:

  • Diffuse - Make light-hearted comments or give disapproving looks
  • Check-in - See if the target is okay
  • Call it out - Declare the statement or behaviour offensive and explain why it is harmful
  • Report - Access incident reporting systems or report to management where applicable.

Here are a few everyday examples of sexism, disrespect and harassment that should be ‘called out’:

  • Sexist jokes
  • Stereotypes based on gender
  • Belittling women
  • Comments made about a person’s suitability for a role based on their gender
  • Leering or staring
  • Sharing inappropriate images
  • Sexism and racism disguised as a compliment
  • Cat-calling / wolf-whistling
  • Sexually suggestive comments or jokes.

Choose books for yourself or your children that help to think about gender and gender equality differently or represent girls and boys as equal, attached are lists of suggested readings.

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Where to get help and advice

If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, help is available. If you believe someone is in immediate danger, call Triple Zero (000) and ask for the police.

  • The Centre Against Violence: 1800 806 292 Ovens Murray Region Response service
  • Safe Steps: 1800 015 188
  • Respect hotline: 1800 737 732
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800
  • MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978
  • QLife: 1800 184 527
  • Djirra: 1800 105 303
  • Seniors Rights Victoria: 1300 368 821

About the 2020 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Campaign

For this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, Women’s Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE) is supporting communities to move beyond awareness-raising, and towards tangible action. Alpine Health endorses this campaign as we want to see women’s rights and gender equality woven into everyday behaviour, practice and the economic, cultural and social fabric of our rural and regional communities.

The 16 Days of Activism campaign is bookended by two International days of significance - the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, and Human Rights Day on December 10.

The fallout from Covid-19 has intensified rates of violence against women in communities across Australia, at the same time as increasing women’s unpaid care and domestic workloads and putting at-risk women’s livelihoods and economic security. The pandemic has also rolled back decades’ worth of gains in gender equality.

However, the pandemic recovery presents an opportunity to transform our current economic model and its cultural and social underpinnings into one that has women’s human rights and gender equality at its core. And the transformation begins at home and work, with every one of us.

It’s time for businesses, communities and individuals to make the same commitment to eliminating all forms of discrimination against women and realising the vision for gender-equal communities and workplaces.

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