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16 Days Activist Challenge and activist meet-up event happening soon

People who live, work or study in Melbourne’s west are pledging to help end violence against women as part of the annual 16 Days Activist Challenge.

The 16 Days Activist Challenge is a local campaign that takes place during the global 16 Days of Activism, which runs between 25 November and 10 December annually.

The challenge is initiated by Women’s Health West, as part of their role as lead agency in the Preventing Violence Together partnership.

The campaign encourages people from across Melbourne’s west to pledge to undertake a different action every day to promote gender equality, learn about violence against women, and educate others about the problem.

The actions are designed to be achievable, thought-provoking, practical and fun; and are pitched at different levels depending on the amount of time and effort activists are able to commit.

Women’s Health West will be posting one action on social media for every day of the challenge. It is quick and easy to register for the challenge at http://16daysactivist.whwest.org.au.

Kick off the 16 Days Activist Challenge with a free film screening of Justice League

We are very excited to kickstart this year’s 16 Days Activist Challenge by inviting all participating activists to a free screening of the much anticipated DC Comics film, Justice League.

Come along for the opportunity to meet other activists while also casting a critical eye on the film. We’ll be asking activists to view the film looking for gender bias, which is Challenge #5 in the 16 Days Activist Challenge.

One of the ways we’ll be analysing the film is by using The Bechdel Test, which draws attention to gender bias and sexism in film. Following the screening our host, comedian Nelly Thomas, will invite a few 16 Days Activists to share their thoughts.

Everyone who is registered for the 16 Days Activist Challenge is welcome to come along and bring a friend – you just need to RSVP. Be quick though – space is limited!