From everywhere you look in Mansfield over the next 16 days you will be reminded that respect for women and the prevention of violence is something to which we can all contribute.
Mansfield Shire Mayor, Cr Marg Attley, said “as part of the local 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign, Council’s social media, cafes, the cinema, the selfie-frame in the main street and a Café Conversation will all share the message about calling out disrespectful behaviour toward women.”
“With Council’s focus on a healthy, safe, inclusive and resilient community, we welcome all this activity and the questions the campaign is raising,” Cr Attley said.
“I’d like to thank all the organisations, businesses and individuals that are making so many events possible during the 16 days. The campaign aims to bring men into the conversation about family violence and provide tools that everyone can use. We would like to keep the conversation going well after the campaign ends,” she said.
“We are providing 10 local cafés with stickers with a local campaign message that will be appearing on take-away coffee cup lids. When you go to the Mansfield Armchair Cinema you will see the messages in trailers prior to each movie screening. As you walk around our beautiful town centre, you can get involved with the selfie frame and Council will be sharing information and practical steps on actions you can take via their social media channels. People will get the message that they have a role to play,” Cr Attley said.
“The Café Conversation on 11 December 2019 with Professor Brenda Happel will address the role of individuals, the community and local organisations in taking action towards the prevention of violence against women. This conversation will help us all to understand what we can do,” she said.
“It also marks the end of the 16 day campaign and will allow us to reflect and discuss our feelings, thoughts and future actions.”
The Café Conversation partners are Mansfield Shire Council, the Mansfield Hospital and the Mansfield Regional Produce Store. To attend, contact Genevieve De Santis at Mansfield Shire Council on 5775 8529 or Genevieve.firstname.lastname@example.org or get involved by heading to the selfie-frame and sharing your photo to social media with the hashtags #callitout #16daysofactivism #RRRMansfield #respectstartswithme.
The Respect women: Call it out campaign is partially funded by a $1,500 grant from Respect Victoria through the Municipal Association of Victoria.