Women's Network Hunter calls for action during 16 Days of of Activism against Gender Violence

Women's Network Hunter committee member and Carrie's Place CEO Jan McDonald.
Women's Network Hunter committee member and Carrie's Place CEO Jan McDonald.

Women’s Network Hunter have created calls to action during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence.

The 16 Days of Activism stem from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and carry through to Human Rights Day.

The idea behind the campaign is to engage in one simple action a day to contribute to the global change in this issue.

The first three days involved wearing a white ribbon or the colour orange to show symbolic support, contacting local councils to find out their domestic violence policies and writing to the attorney general and justice minister asking them to review the local court system.

Monday is day four, a day to discuss the issue of domestic violence with a friend.

The day five activity is to watch a video of a sociologist involved in domestic violence prevention research, Dr Michael Flood.

The impact of violence on children is the topic on day six and the women’s network will hold a luncheon on day seven, with guest speaker Kellie Mills, who founded the 100 Alice project.

Day eight and nine ask people to start a discussion about domestic violence myths and call out victim blaming. The action on day ten is to practice reflecting these behaviours in interactions with others.

Day 11 looks at social media and online safety, then people are asked to talk about this with their children on day 12.

Education about stalking will feature on day 13 – what it is and what to do.

People are asked to write to their state MP on day 14 to ask them to provide more affordable housing for women and children escaping violence.

Day 15 addresses the question “why doesn’t she leave?” and calls on people to discuss it.

The final day points to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and asks people to reflect on the fact that domestic violence is a human rights violation.

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