16 Partners, 16 Actions, 16 Days of Activism

6 November 2014

Violence against women is a serious, prevalent and preventable epidemic that won’t be stopped by one person, one organisation or one action alone; it needs concerted long-term, sustained effort by individuals, communities and organisations. Preventing Violence Together – United is a western region-wide partnership dedicated to doing just that.

This year the Preventing Violence Together – United partnership add our voices to an international campaign called the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. This campaign focuses attention on violence as a violation of human rights as it begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November) and ends on International Human Rights Day (10 December).

‘We know that a woman is killed in Australia by her male partner or ex-partner nearly every week,’ said Sally Camilleri, Health Promotion Coordinator at Women’s Health West.

‘For violence against women to become a thing of the past we need to change the causes: gender inequality and rigid gender stereotypes.

‘Changing attitudes is central, a recent Australian national community attitudes survey revealed 20 per cent of men believe domestic violence can be excused if it results from a temporary loss of control.

‘16 Partners, 16 Actions, 16 Days of Activism is a visual way to show the great work that local leaders are doing to embed cultural change in the western region and in the very fabric of their organisations.

‘Each day we’ll distribute one photograph of a lord mayor, councillor, executive officer, manager, committee and other champions across the western region declaring their commitment to prevent violence against women by highlighting an action their organisation are undertaking.

‘These actions highlight our efforts to promote equality between women and men and to dismantle the barriers to leadership and other opportunities for women within workplaces and community.

Members of the Preventing Violence Together – United partnerships are Brimbank City Council, City of Melbourne, CoHealth, Djerriwarrh Community Health Service, HealthWest Partnership, Hobsons Bay City Council, Inner North West Primary Care Partnership, ISIS Primary Care, Maribyrnong City Council, Melton City Council, Moonee Valley City Council, West Casa, West Metro Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group, Western Integrated Family Violence Committee, Women’s Health West and Wyndham City Council.

To join the conversation, follow the #16DaysofActivism hashtag on Twitter and read the blog post at www.whwest.org.au/16DaysofActivism

MEDIA: For more information contact Nicola Harte, Communications Manager on 9689 9588 or email nicolah(at)whwest.org.au