16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
Council was proud to once again lead the wider Shire in supporting the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign in 2020. 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).
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 2019, Nillumbik's response to the 16 Days of Activism campaign was highlighted by Respect Victoria and the Municipal Association on Victoria in their 2019 campaign showcase 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
In 2020, Respect Victoria's 16 Days of Activism campaign theme was "Respect is..". This is a positive message that aims to support Victorian 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.
Find out more at the Respect Victoria website.
Our 2020 grant recipients
Council provided small grants of up to $500 to support awareness-raising and community-led projects that promote challenging gender stereotypes and gender equality.
Five early years services applied and were successful grant recipients in the 2020 round of funding to purchase resources, books and toys that challenge gender stereotypes. The five services were:
- Diamond Creek Occasional Care
- Diamond Hills Preschool
- Eltham Woods Preschool
- Meruka Child Care Co-Op and
- Ness Reserve Preschool
Other successful grant recipients included:
- Sacred Heart Primary School for student made Respectful Relationship cards
- Eltham and Diamond Valley libraries light display and
- Nillumbik Leisure Facilities all staff going orange in their new t-shirts