City shows support for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Thursday, 23 November 2023

The City of Greater Geelong will demonstrate its commitment to a world where everyone is respected by supporting the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign beginning on 25 November 2023, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The initiative runs for 16 days until Sunday 10 December 2023 - Human Rights Day. 

The City will demonstrate its support for the campaign in collaboration with Respect 2040, by promoting events and initiatives by other Geelong organisations engaging in the 16 Days of Activism campaign, including:

  • The launch of the 16 Days at Johnstone Park led by The Zonta Club of Geelong on Saturday 25 November 2023 with guest speakers, including the Mayor of the City of Greater Geelong, and a choir.
  • A walk in my shoes display in the Geelong Regional Library with Zonta Club and orange ladies in all libraries.
  • A Lived Experience Exhibition: Our stories for change – at the Project Space (Gallery) at Deakin Waterfront Campus by the Centre for Sexual Assault and Family Violence in collaboration with partners.

The City will also join local partners to light City landmarks orange, with the colour orange symbolising a brighter future free of violence. Landmarks will include:

  • The City’s Catenary Lights - Little Malop Central, between Moorabool Street and Union Street in central Geelong
  • Eastern Beach Palm tree up-lights on the intersection of Bellerine Street and Eastern Beach Road
  • The strip light along Fairnie Park
  • The City’s SMART Nodes at:
    • Deakin Waterfront
    • Barwon Water
    • University Hospital
    • Kardinia Park
    • The Gordon
  • Yarn tree bombing decorating trees in orange around the City by Zonta Club Geelong

Learn more about 16 Days of Activism.

To find a family violence support service or further information, see our Family Violence Information page.

Mayor Trent Sullivan

Every member of the community has a role to play in ensuring that every person is respected and equally valued.

Right now, we all face unfair assumptions and treatment based on gender.

Violence against women happens because we allow it to, it doesn’t have to be this way.

Preventing violence against women starts with respectful conversations.

Councillor Melissa Cadwell - Chair of the Women in Community Life Advisory Committee

The City should support increasing awareness of, and stamping out, gender-based violence.

Choosing not to laugh at jokes that put women down helps create a culture where women are respected.

Each of us has a role to play – by challenging harmful behaviours early, we can prevent violence before it starts; we can work together to create a future where all women are safe, equal, and respected.  

As a community, we must challenge harmful attitudes in our workplaces, homes, sports clubs, community groups and relationships.

Page last updated: Thursday, 23 November 2023