16 Days of Activism

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What is 16 Days of Activism?

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global campaign dedicated to raising awareness about the impact of violence, particularly on women. The campaign starts 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and concludes 10 December, Human Rights Day. These dates were chosen in order to symbolically link violence against women with human rights issues. In particular, this campaign emphasises the fact that violence, in any form, is a violation of human rights.

The focus of this year’s campaign explores what respect means and how people put that into practice. One of the ways to show respect is by supporting people who are on the receiving end of disrespectful behaviour. An OurWatch survey showed that 79% of respondents want practical tips about ways to safely intervene when witnessing disrespect toward women and girls.

Bystander action is defined as: "Safe and appropriate actions taken to challenge the drivers of violence against women – that is, to challenge:

  • The condoning of violence against women.
  • Men’s control of decision-making and limits to women’s independence in public and private life.
  • Stereotyped constructions of masculinity and femininity.
  • Disrespect towards women, and male peer relationships that emphasise aggression."

Bystander action includes speaking out about and responding to sexism, discrimination and inequality. Here are 16 tips to help call out disrespect. Before intervening, it's important that the individual observes the situation and only act if safe to do so.

How can I get involved?

This year, there are many different events across the South East that we encourage you to participate in. Check out our social media calendar and start sharing what respect means to you. Don’t forget to tag us @whisewomen and use the hashtags #respectis #callitout

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Follow our Facebook page during 16 Days of Activism for tips on how to call it out. 

*Information for the campaign has been sourced from OurWatch, Vic Health, Latrobe University and Women’s Health Victoria

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000. For more information about a service in your state or local area download the DAISY App in the App Store or Google Play.