Put Yourself In The Frame To Help End Violence Against Women
Friday, 8 November, 2019 - 12:00
Taking a photo of yourself in the Respect Women: Call It Out ‘selfie frame’ in Mansfield’s High Street is just one way to show your support for this year’s 16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women campaign.
Mansfield Shire Mayor, Cr Harry Westendorp said Council has a long history of raising awareness about eliminating violence as it aligns with Council’s focus on a healthy, safe, inclusive and resilient community. Council is again partnering with the Mansfield Hospital.
“This year there is a focus on bringing men into the conversation about family violence and providing them with the tools to call out disrespectful and sexist behaviour,” Cr Westendorp said.
“Research shows that if we can change the conversation, we can change the culture that allows family violence and violence against women to happen in the first place. When early behaviours become normalised, we know that family violence and violence against women can rapidly escalate and lead to a higher propensity of violence, which is why this year’s campaign will continue to focus on bystander intervention,” continued Cr. Westendorp.
The 16 Days of Activism starts on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November and concludes on the International Human Rights Day on 10 December.
The campaign starts on 25 November but you can start taking your photo in the selfie frame and lend your voice to the cause from 22 November. There will be Bystander on 27 November, a community breakfast conversation with Phil Cleary on 6 December and a Café Conversation at Produce Store on 11 December. These events will be supported by a social media campaign which will share a daily fact about violence against women and coffee cup stickers for businesses in town.
Council is encouraging businesses, organisations and community groups to champion the campaign and to create impact by hosting, contributing towards and/or promoting events.
“Community support of the campaign, by spreading the message and directing people to the resources, shows others what we can each do and how to do it. That shared knowledge will contribute to cultural change,” continued Cr. Westendorp.
Mansfield Shire Council received $1500 towards the campaign from Respect Victoria through the Municipal Association of Victoria.
Head to the selfie frame and share your photo to social media with the hashtags #callitout #16daysofactivism #RRRMansfield #respectstartswithme and look out for other events during the 16 days.