Following the success of last year’s Respect Women: Call It Out ‘selfie frame’ in Mansfield’s High Street, it will again be in place from 22 November, so you can show your support for this year’s 16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women campaign.
Mansfield Shire CEO, Kaylene Conrick 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.
““Respect is…” is the focus of the 2020 campaign. This is a positive message that aims to support 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,” Ms Conrick 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,” she said.
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.
A social media campaign providing resources and facts about violence against women will support the 16 Days of Activism.
Council is encouraging businesses, organisations and community groups to champion the campaign and to create impact by hosting, contributing towards and/or promoting activities.
“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,” Ms Conrick said.
While COVID-19 restrictions mean people can’t walk together, the 12th Annual Walk Against Family Violence will still take place on November 25 as a ‘walk from home’.
Register online at http://bit.ly/WAFV2020 and then make your plan for the day: walk or wheelchair around the block, go for a walk with a friend, or walk to work or school. You are encouraged to organise a small group walk, wear orange and share with others by using the #WAFV2020 and #WhyWeWalk on social media.
Ms Conrick said the Mansfield library will have a selection of books on display and available to borrow during the 16 Days. These include children’s books that promote boys and girls as equals, books for young adults that challenges stereotypes and gives characters non- traditional roles. There is also a selection of adult fiction and non-fiction books to promote thinking and discussion about gender and gender equality.
Mansfield Shire Council received $2500 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 COVID safe initiatives during the 16 days.
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