16 days of activism to drive gender equality

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
16 days of activism to drive gender equality

From November 25, Eastern Health are taking an active role in supporting gender equality in the community.

Committed to promoting gender equality and respect in our region, Eastern Health are partners to the eastern region strategy delivered by Women’s Health East Together for Equality and Respect.

The 16 days of activism campaign (commencing on November 25), is an opportunity to support and find out about what is happening in your community to promote gender equality. Events are occurring across the east during the 16 days - from the International Day for the Elimination of Gender Based Violence on November 25 to the International Day for Human Rights on December 10.

We want to challenge condoning of violence, everyday sexism and attitudes that minimise or control women’s independence and decision making. We are also equally committed to working with the men in our community; encouraging them to support each other to both challenge each other and speak more openly about what’s going on for them and to access support for their mental and physical health.  We are confident that our community can work towards normalising respect and equality for all people – young and old.

This year Eastern Health has partnered with organisations such as the AFL Outer East, Women’s Health East, Eastern Football Netball League, Voices of Women, Yarra Ranges Council, Eastern Region Domestic Violence Outreach Service, Primary and Secondary Schools, Rotary, Local Councils, the Victorian Local Governance Association and Yarra Valley Water to bring initiatives that we hope will accelerate gender equity and normalise respectful relationships.

For more information about preventing violence against women and children, visit www.ourwatch.org.au. If you or someone you know needs support, please call 1800 RESPECT.