16 Days of Activism

MAEVe Supports the UN 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence

25th November - 10th December

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign which takes place each year and runs from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.

We have created a set of 16 actions that researchers can take to help end Gender Based Violence:

  1. Tell staff about the 16 Days of Activism at your next group or department meeting
  2. Tell your students about the 16 Days of Activism and what they can do to take part
  3. Come along to the MAEVe fortnightly seminar series to see what University of Melbourne Researchers are doing in the space
  4. Join the MAEVe Mailing List to keep up-to-date with what family violence research at the University: http://unimelb.us6.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=04fe6a0ef8ec7d30bc917c7cb&id=4e5f466735
  5. Tweet your research with the hashtag #16daysofactivism. If you are not a family violence researcher, re-tweet the research of someone who is
  6. Write an article about your research for publication in a popular newspaper, magazine or blog
  7. Promote the use of high quality research and statistics to raise awareness of VAW
  8. Be aware of the role that bystanders can have in preventing violence against women – if you hear someone making derogatory comments – call them out on it! Bad things happen when good people do nothing
  9. Wear orange – the international colour to raise awareness of violence against women and girls
  10. Make yourself aware of the Australian statistics around family violence: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4906.0
  11. If you don’t already work in the area, consider including some element of family violence prevention in your next research project. Issues of this size require a truly interdisciplinary approach.
  12. Orange your social media – change your profile pictures, banners, and anything else you can to orange, and tell your followers know why you’ve done it
  13. Check out some of these resources:
  1. Talk to the children and young people in your life about gender discrimination and violence against women and girls – Consider showing them this brochure
  2. Donate to a reputable organisation that is working to prevent or respond to violence against women. There are many out there, so choose one that is transparent and that aligns with your values
  3. Check out a range of other actions you can take http://16daysactivist.whwest.org.au/actions/