16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

16 Days of Activism

Nillumbik Shire Council is proud to again support the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign in 2021. 

This global initiative aims to galvanise individuals, communities and organisations to address gender inequalities and eradicate violence against women and girls around the world. 

The campaign begins each year on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), and concludes on 10 December (International Human Rights Day). 



Our commitment

Nillumbik Shire Council is committed to preventing violence against women and promoting gender equality.

This is an important issue that affects many people, and we are certainly not immune in Nillumbik. In 2019-2020 there were 512 family violence incidents in our Shire, and intimate partner violence remains the greatest health risk factor for women aged 25-44. There is no excuse for any type of violence or disrespect, and we need to work together to call it out

In 2020, Nillumbik's response to the 16 Days of Activism campaign was highlighted by Respect Victoria and the Municipal Association of Victoria in their 2020 campaign showcase booklet. Download the booklet here(PDF, 7MB).

Nillumbik was also featured in the 2019 booklet. Download the booklet here to find out more.

For more information about Family Violence support services in Nillumbik, please see the Family Violence Resources page

16 Days of Activism grants

The community is invited to join the 16 Days of Activism campaign, with applications opening on Monday 26 July 2021 for small grants of up to $500 for community-led projects during the 2021 campaign in November and December.

Local community groups can apply for funding for activities and projects that challenge gender stereotypes and promote gender equity.

They can include: 

  • Arts and cultural activities
  • Community programs
  • Environmental initiatives
  • Events including virtual events
  • Indigenous cultural activities
  • Initiatives to activate public spaces.

Apply for a grant here.

Applications close Sunday 19 September.

Last year, grants were awarded to five preschools and early years services to purchase resources, books and toys that challenged gender stereotypes.

Funding was also given to Sacred Heart Primary School for students to make Respectful Relationship cards, Eltham and Diamond Valley libraries for light displays and Nillumbik Leisure Facilities staff to go orange in support of the campaign.