16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

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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

Council has provided small grants of up to $500 for community-led projects during the 2021 campaign.

The successful applicants are:

  • Early Years Services - Meruka Childcare Co-operative, Research Preschool and Kangaroo Ground Preschool - who are providing activities challenging gender stereotypes.
  • Schools - Christmas Hills Primary School, St Andrews Primary School, Sacred Heart Primary School and Our Lady of Help Christians School - for projects focussing on emotional literacy.
  • Aligned Leisure - for the promotion of the campaign at Nillumbik's Leisure Centres.
  • Green Karma - a local business who is holding a free screening of the documentary MissRepresentation

Books that celebrate individuality and promote gender equity

What we read has a strong influence on what we think.

Choose books that challenges stereotypes, gives characters non-traditional roles and helps you think about gender and gender equality differently.

Over the past couple of years, HealthAbility and the Eltham Bookshop created posters with some suggested books for children and young people.

You can see the book lists here:

Books for children

Books for young people