Respect Women: Call It Out. Take Part in Events to help you take action locally

Thursday, 14 November, 2019 - 09:00

Do you know how to call out everyday sexism or sexual harassment? As part of the local 16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women campaign, two local events are being offered where you can learn what you can do to help.

On the 27 November, The Centre Against Violence (CAV) is conducting Being an Active Bystander training and on the 6 December special guest speaker Phil Cleary will be joined by a panel of local and regional experts at a community breakfast conversation on the topic.

Mansfield Shire Mayor, Cr Marg Attley said the Being an Active Bystander training will increase people’s understanding and confidence to discuss domestic violence and sexual harassment with colleagues, friends and family.

“Importantly, it will also provide practical tools to support participants to speak up when confronted with sexism and challenge attitudes and behaviours that enable violence against women,” Cr Attley said.

“The more people who feel confident to call out such behaviours, the more the community understands that it’s everyone’s business to do so. Once its modelled for you, you can see how you could do it too. That way, everyone’s confidence increases.”

Cr Attley said the breakfast community conversation with Phil Cleary will make people pay attention.

“It’s great that it is being held at the football and netball club because Phil was a well-known footballer and coach in the VFL well before he started campaigning to stop male violence against women.

“Phil’s message is powerful. He has been calling on more to be done in this area since his sister was murdered by her former partner in 1987. We are really pleased to have him come to Mansfield to lend his voice to our local efforts,” Cr Attley 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 Community Conversation breakfast with Phil Cleary will be held on 6 December from 7.30am. Bookings are essential. Tickets are $15 which includes breakfast and can be booked at

Being an Active Bystander training will be held on 27 November from 11am to 12.30pm at the Youth Centre in Erril Street. Bookings are essential, register by contacting Genevieve on 5775 8529 or

To find out more about the campaign and the events running throughout, contact Genevieve

De Santis at Mansfield Shire Council on 5775 8529 or


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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 November, 2019 - 08:58