16 Days of Activism 2018

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Sunday 25 November 2018 to Monday 10 December 2018

Victoria University is participating for the second time in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global campaign that happens every year between 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

This year’s theme is "#HearMeToo." VU participated for the first time in 2017.

This year, we again provide a diverse program of events to highlight gender equality and prevent violence against women.

VU staff and students, as well as community members, are all invited to participate in this free program of events.

VU's 16 Days of Activism events

16 Days' Activist Challenge - online

Join others taking action to end violence against women by signing up for the 16 Days Activist Challenge - an initiative created by a partnership of western suburbs community organisations that VU is a part of.

We invite you to take the challenge and pledge to undertake actions to promote gender equality and prevent violence against women during the 16 Days of Activism. You can pick from the list of suggested actions, or add one of your own. It’s up to you!

You'll receive a daily email during the 16 Days with stimulating resources and ideas for action.

Register for the 16 Days Activist Online Challenge

2018 Walk Against Family Violence - Friday 23 November

Friday 23 November, 12–1.30pm, Federation Square Melbourne
VU contingent – meet 11.45am outside VUHQ, Ground Floor, City Flinders Campus.

Join with other VU staff and students to participate in the 10th Walk Against Family Violence. Let us come together to remember the countless people who have lost their lives to family violence, and stand in solidarity with both survivors and those who continue to experience abuse.

The Walk Against Family Violence was started in 2008 by a committee of family violence services, local council and Victoria Police in the southern region to raise community awareness of family violence and its impact within the community. The purpose of the walk is to ‘break the silence on family violence.'

Information stall & free merchandise - Monday 26 November

Monday 26 November, 12-2pm
Footscray Park Campus

Come down to the courtyard between Buildings M & P at Footscray Park Campus (near the Hanger) and pick up a 16 Days of Activism badge, tote bag or keep cup to show your support for the campaign.

Information about the activities VU is sponsoring during the 16 Days will also be available. 

In the evet of wet weather, the information stall will be inside Building M near VUHQ.

No registration required - just show up!

Women’s Financial Empowerment Seminars - Wednesday 28 November & Thursday 6 December

Wednesday 28 November, 12-2pm, VU at MetroWest
Thursday 6 December, 12-2pm, Room 1611, Level 16, City Flinders Campus

Free seminars for women, focusing on promoting women’s independence and decision-making through financial empowerment. It will also highlight some of the financial aspects of an abusive relationship, that may be lesser-known than the physical or emotional impacts.

Research shows that women face unique challenges when it comes to financial security. This session will give you an opportunity to better understand your current financial situation, establish goals, avoid the traps and empower you to take control.

Protection through Connection: Voices of Aboriginal women in the west - Thursday 29 November

Thursday 29 November, 12.30-2pm (lunch from 12pm)
Room C230, Footscray Park Campus

Join us at this forum featuring Aboriginal women from Melbourne’s western suburbs speaking about keeping culture strong and building connected communities.

Speakers include:

  • Aunty Joyce Cooper
  • Darlene Babinall, Deputy Chair, Western Metropolitan Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee
  • Rebecca Monohan, Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, Wyndham office.

#BreakBoundaries film screening & launch - Friday 7 December

Friday 7 December, 6pm
VU at MetroWest

#BreakBoundaries is a filmmaking group comprised of graduates from Footscray AMES’s Preventing Violence Against Women Leadership Course.

They have made a moving series of short films called Challenging Everyday Sexism.

Join us for the launch of these films and hear from the filmmakers about their journey.

#ICan’tKeepQuiet flash mob - Monday 10 December

Monday 10 December, 2-4.30pm
Dancing Dog Café, 42A Albert St Footscray

This uplifting finale to the 16 Days will see us raising our voices in song together on International Human Rights Day.

Respected community musician and choir leader Emily Hayes will teach us 2-3 songs focusing on human rights and gender equality, including the iconic Milck song “Quiet,” which has featured at multiple recent women’s marches around the world.

We will then take our songs to the streets of Footscray!

All welcome - no prior singing experience necessary.


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25 November 2018 to 10 December 2018


Various locations:

  • online
  • City Flinders Campus, 300 Flinders Street Melbourne
  • Footscray Park Campus, Ballarat Road Footscray
  • VU at MetroWest, 138 Nicholson Street Footscray
  • Dancing Dog Café, 42A Albert St Footscray.

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