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Respect Women: Call It Out

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence Victorian Initiative (25 November to 10 December)

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Respect Women: Call It Out Campaign

Coinciding with the international 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 November to 10 December), and again using Respect Victoria's call to action of Respect Women: Call it Out, the MAV will deliver a statewide initiative that leverages council, NGO and community networks to encourage people to engage in conversations about gender equality and respect, and ultimately, contribute to preventing all forms of gender-based violence.

In 2019, we produced a booklet that showcases some of the exciting and diverse ways councils and community organisations engaged with their communities during the campaign, as well as providing a summary of findings from the evaluation, see the 2019 16 Days Evaluation Summary (PDF – 3.3MB) for details.

The 2020 initiative will include an offering of small grants to all 79 councils, and 20 select non-government organisations, representing diverse communities across the state.

Your council or organisation can help generate conversations about gender equality and respect by organising online and COVID-safe events and activities during the 16 Days (and beyond) such as:

  • Social media posts
  • Podcasts, webinars and virtual panel discussions
  • Virtual book clubs and StoryTime in conjunction with libraries
  • Developing artwork and online art exhibitions
  • Online training sessions
  • Online competition / trivia / quiz
  • Small grants to community groups for community-led initiatives
  • Street art, banners, posters and lighting up buildings in orange
  • Partnerships and collaborations with other councils, regional networks and local businesses

The new 2020 messaging and toolkit are currently being developed and will be made available shortly.

To see the resources that were developed for last year’s initiative visit the 2019 Campaign Resources page.


For enquiries please email 16 Days Project Officer, Kate Greenwood, on 16DaysCampaign@mav.asn.au.

If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, help is available. If you believe someone is in immediate danger call 000 and ask for the police.

Safe Steps

1800 015 188
Website: safesteps.org.au
Email: safesteps@safesteps.org.au

Victoria's 24/7 domestic and family violence response centre for victim-survivors. Phone and email services available 24/7. Live web chat is available 9am-9pm Monday-Friday.


1800 737 732

The national sexual assault, domestic violence and family violence counselling service. Phone and online services available 24/7.

Men's Referral Service

1300 766 491
Website: ntv.org.au

Provides anonymous and confidential telephone counselling, information and referrals to men, to help them take action to stop using violent and controlling behaviour.

Kids Helpline

1800 55 1800
Website: kidshelpline.com.au

Australia’s only free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.