Respect Victoria invites councils and other organisations to support the Respect Women: Call it Out Campaign coinciding with the United Nations (UN) initiative 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, 25 November - 10 December 2019.
To raise awareness throughout 16 days of activism we encourage you to download the campaign toolkit and social media tiles below to drive engagement. You are also invited to update your council/organisation Facebook and Twitter cover banners during the 16 Days with the Respect Women: Call It Out campaign creative.
Respect Victoria will post daily across the 16 days and we encourage you to either like and share our posts or take inspiration from the suggested copy and post your own. If you’re posting on your own social media accounts, feel free to tag us:
Social media suggested posts across 16 Days of Activism (copy fits both Twitter and Facebook character count).
Campaign hashtags: #16DaysOfActivism #CallItOut
- Violence against women is recognised as one of the most persistent & devastating human rights violations of our time. It is an issue every day of the week #16DaysOfActivism is dedicated to raising awareness, educating people about the drivers of violence & uniting to eliminate it.
- Violence does not take one form. Physical violence is a fixture on a broad and troubling spectrum. Emotional abuse, economic abuse, coercion. These are all forms of violence perpetuated by a power imbalance that is brought about by gender inequality #16DaysOfActivism #CallItOut
- What is bystander action? A safe and appropriate intervention undertaken by one or many to challenge the behaviour of perpetrators of sexual harassment, intimidation and/or threatening conduct #16DaysOfActivism #CallItOut
- Violence against women does not occur in a vacuum. It is often the culmination of ongoing exposure to and participation in discriminatory and inequitable behaviours. We all have a role to play in calling out these behaviours #16DaysOfActivism #CallItOut
- How can I be an active bystander? There are many ways to intervene from speaking directly to the perpetrator to using non-verbal cues such as eye-rolling or physically standing with the victim and checking if they're ok. Learn how to #CallItOut #16DaysOfActivism
- Showing solidarity with a person on the receiving end of harassment makes a big difference. At work, on the sporting field, on public transport. Calling out inappropriate behaviour encourages other bystanders to act #16DaysOfActivism #CallItOut
- As a cohesive, well-functioning society, we have a responsibility to take care of each other. If you see someone being harassed, and you feel safe to do so, step in and offer assistance #16DaysOfActivism #CallItOut
- Consider your own attitudes towards gender. Do you expect men and women to behave in certain ways, to move through the world differently? Your preconceptions could be fueling the exhaustive list of excuses used to condone violence #16DaysOfActivism #CallItOut
- A world where women don't feel the need to modify their behaviour to avoid violence? We can achieve it #16DaysOfActivism #CallItOut
- Talk to your children about gender equality. Read books that challenge gender stereotypes, inspire imaginations and expand children's sense of what is possible #16DaysOfActivism #CallItOut
- Conversation starters. During #16DaysOfActivism prompt informal discussions with colleagues, family and friends about equality and inclusion. Is there a time you've felt hemmed in by gender roles? Familiarise yourself with @dvrcv’s ‘Know Your A-Z’ resource.
- Don’t wait for somebody else to do the right thing. Things will never change if we ignore sexual harassment #RespectWomen #CallItOut
- Body language tells its own story. Women shouldn't have to adjust theirs to avoid unwanted leering. Use yours to call out harassment #RespectWomen #CallItOut
- Calling out disrespectful behaviour needn't be limited to the physical realm, in this increasingly digitised world it's just as important online. Our friends @genderequityvic have made a video about bystander intervention online. Watch and share #16DaysOfActivism #CallItOut
- Gender inequality manifests in many ways. Until we fix it, we’re not going to stop talking about it. Equalizing our population from a gender-based perspective is integral to ending family violence and violence against women #16DaysOfActivism #CallItOut
- The information and resources showcased during #16DaysOfActivism can and should be used year-round. Being an active bystander is about community. Together, we are stronger. Together, we can eliminate family violence and violence against women #CallItOut
About this tool kit
This toolkit provides information about the Respect Women: Call it Out Campaign coinciding with the UN initiative 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. The toolkit features information and resources for organisations to promote during the campaign period and beyond as well as ‘conversation starters’ to stimulate community discussion about the prevention.
The toolkit was developed for local government councils plus women's health and community organisations however we encourage the community and relevant organisations to read through the toolkit and use materials promoted within to support 16 Days of Activism.