Respect Women: Call it Out campaign launched

 

Victorians are encouraged to call out sexism, sexual harassment and disrespect towards women in a state-wide campaign from 25 November to 10 December.

Respect Victoria’s Respect Women: Call it Out campaign takes places during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, a global campaign initiated by the United Nations to eliminate gender-based violence and discrimination.

The Respect Women: Call it Out campaign demonstrates how even the smallest of acts can potentially stop sexual harassment from occurring.

Members of the public are encouraged to become active bystanders where sexual harassment, sexism and disrespect is occurring to help prevent the situation from escalating.

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) was funded by Respect Victoria to coordinate the campaign with Victorian councils and other organisations including Women’s Health Services, Safe Steps and Djirra Aboriginal Services.

The MAV partnered with Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria to produce a range of resources including a campaign toolkit, which provides information about what constitutes sexual harassment, actions bystanders can take, and how organisations can get involved.

It also contains confronting statistics around gender equality and violence against women. On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner.

Cr Coral Ross, President of the MAV said that the number of Australian women who have experienced sexual harassment, especially in public places, is unacceptable and it is up to all of us to call it out.

“Despite the best efforts of the community, sexual harassment and gender-based violence continues to be all-too common in our society. Research shows that one in four women have experienced sexual harassment – a lot of this is happening in public places.

“We all need to work together to call out harassment, sexism, inequality and discrimination.

“Local government plays a critical leadership role in shaping the culture and attitudes of their communities, and we are supporting community events run throughout the campaign.

“Victorian councils are leaders in gender equality and preventing violence against women, working alongside the community and experts in the sector to deliver projects and initiatives tailored to the needs of their respective communities,” she said.


Access the Respect Women: Call it Out Campaign resources at www.mav.asn.au/16dayscampaign

1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) is a national counselling service with phone and online services available 24/7.