West Gippsland Libraries are supporting 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence initiative for 2020 during 25 November through 10 December, coinciding with the United Nation’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.
“Respect is…” is the theme of Respect Victoria’s 2020 campaign. This is a positive message that aims to support Victorian communities to engage in conversations about ‘respect’ – what respect means to us, what respect looks like and how to put respect into practice, especially in the context of gender equality.
The call to action is again “Respect Women: Call It Out” and the campaign encourages people to ‘call it out’ when they witness disrespect, sexism, harassment and abusive behaviours – drivers that can lead to violence against women.
Walking Against Family Violence – November 25
West Gippsland Libraries will be Walking Against Family Violence on November 25th. You can also help raise awareness of family violence in our community by participating in a “walk from home” event.
Walk around the block, go for a walk with a friend or participate in a planned local event in your area – it’s up to you. And by wearing something orange – a facemask, hat or t-shirt – you can show your support for victim-survivors and help send a message that family and domestic violence will not be tolerated.
Click here to find out more and to register or join a team: https://walk.safesteps.org.au/
For the 16 days of activism, there will be a number activities, social media information and ways you can engage in the campaign. Displays with books at branches promoting gender equality and posters that support this campaign, storytimes featuring picture books that highlight kindness and respect.
If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, help is available.
If you believe someone is in immediate danger call 000 and ask for the police.
Confidential information, counselling and support service, open 24 hours to support people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse.
Phone 1800 737 732 and online services available www.1800respect.org.au
Respect Victoria is an organisation dedicated to the primary prevention of all forms of family violence and violence against women. Our focus is stopping violence before it starts, by changing the norms, practices and structures that allow it to happen. For more information, please visit: https://www.respectvictoria.vic.gov.au/