Nillumbik Council says no to violence

Published on 14 November 2017

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Nillumbik Shire Council is proudly supporting the Victoria against Violence, global campaign – 16 Days of Activism, an initiative that is now in its third year.

The campaign starts on 25 November, which is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and concludes on International Human Rights Day – 10 December.

As part of Council’s support for the initiative, five local organisations have been awarded small grants to fund activities to highlight this worthy cause.

Nillumbik Council Mayor Peter Clarke, congratulated Yarrambat Park Golf Club; Diamond Valley Basketball Association; Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre; The Victoria Skateboarding Association and Diamond Valley Secondary College on each receiving a $500 grant.

“With orange as the colour theme for the 16 Days of Activism, our grant recipients will be going orange to profile the cause,” Cr Clarke said.

Yarrambat Park Golf Club will feature orange flags and tees on their greens, a theme that will also extend to their food truck event on 10 December.

Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre is going orange for a netball tournament and the Diamond Valley Basketball Association will fit their referees out in orange as a show of support.

The Victoria Skateboarding Association received a grant to hold a skateboarding session for girls and Diamond Valley Secondary College students will be painting t-shirts as part of the Love Bites Program.

Cr Clarke said: “Our community is fortunate to enjoy a wonderful lifestyle, yet police are all too commonly called out to incidents of violence against women in Nillumbik.

“The support from our grant recipients is vital as we work toward eradicating violence in our community.”   

Community Services portfolio Chair, Cr Jane Ashton, who has long been a campaigner against violence towards women said, while the 16 Days of Activism is an important initiative the other 349 days of the year are equally important.

“Activism against sexism, violence against women, and gender inequity can be tackled by us all, every day,” Cr Ashton said. 

“All women in Nillumbik will have been discriminated against at some time in their lives because they are women. Some women will have been sexually assaulted, others mentally or physically scarred by family violence.  

“16 days of Activism gives us all an opportunity to stand up together and say we care; that we demand change and that we see a different future for our daughters and grand-daughters.” 

You can follow the 16 Days of Activism Campaign on Council’s Facebook page at https://business.facebook.com/nillumbikcouncil