Brimbank,
19
November
2019
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23:27
Australia/Melbourne

Join the movement to ‘call it out’ and prevent gender based violence

Summary

Brimbank Council is encouraging residents to ‘call it out’ and get behind the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign.

 

Council is supporting Respect Victoria’s Respect Women: Call it Out campaign during the 16 days of activism which runs from 25 November to 10 December.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Georgina Papafotiou said we all have a responsibility to promote gender equality, prevent violence against women and children, and support all victims of violence.

‘During the Respect Victoria campaign, we’re shining a spotlight on this important issue and encouraging people to call out sexism, sexual harassment and disrespect towards women.

‘This is an opportunity to raise awareness about violence against women, and empower people to call out unacceptable behaviours when they see it, and create an environment where people can speak out and seek support.

‘All violence is unacceptable – and Brimbank Council is working to ensure everyone in our community can go about their daily lives without fear of violence in their homes, in classrooms and in public, no matter who they are.

‘The campaign is a good way to change the conversation and culture around gender based violence, and focus on the power of bystander intervention.

‘We believe that all levels of government can and should take a lead role in promoting gender equity and preventing family violence and violence against women and children, as well as supporting all people who have experienced violence.

‘We can do this through sharing knowledge and working together with our local community to create healthy, safe and inclusive communities.

‘Having been a victim of crime myself in the past, through being stalked, harassed and cyberbullied by a community member, I can empathise with victims feeling scared, distressed and fearing for the safety of their children and themselves.

We need to ‘CALL IT OUT’ and make a difference in our community. We have a right to be equal and feel protected,’ Cr Papafotiou said.

Council is committed to building a community based on equality and respect, ensuring every person has the right to live a safe and meaningful life free from all forms of violence.

The Fairness Equality and Respect Strategy (2019-2023) promotes gender equality with a focus on preventing violence against women and family violence.

Under this Strategy, Council works with partners and the broader community to advance gender equity and promote the optimal health, safety and wellbeing of Brimbank residents.

Respect Women: Call It Out is a state-based social movement run by the Victorian Government. To find out how you can be an active bystander visit www.respectvictoria.vic.gov.au