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16 Days of Activism (25 November to 10 December)

#callitout  #16daysofactivism 

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign commencing on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November) until Human Rights Day (10 December) every year.

Across Victoria this year we are uniting under the theme "Respect Women: Call It Out" and encouraging people to have conversations about how to be safe and active bystanders.

What's an active bystander?

  • Someone who takes action when they see or hear about disrespectful behaviour.
  • This can be in the moment, after it occurs, checking in with the target to see if they are ok, speaking out or reporting it.
  • It does not include physically restraining someone and does not include hostile or aggressive responses.
  • Safety is the number one priority. Observe the situation first, assess what is best to do and only act if it's safe to do so.

How to "Call it Out"

‘Call it out’ is a broad term for responding in some way to behaviours that may be deemed as sexist, sexual harassment, disrespectful and abusive. Inappropriate behaviour can be ‘called out’ by saying something or using body language to indicate disapproval in the moment. Bystanders can also say or do something later, after the incident. Use your judgement about the best way to respond, to show that the comment or behaviour is not okay or to support the target.

Simple steps to becoming an active bystander

There are a range of ways you can respond to sexism, harassment and disrespect towards women, depending on where you are, your safety and your level of confidence. Here are some simple steps to becoming an active bystander:

  1. Notice the situation (be aware of your surroundings - that means looking up from your phone and making a conscious decision to be present).
  2. Interpret the probem (do I recognise someone needs help?)
  3. Feel compelled to act (see yourself as being part of the solution to help - consider the difference that your actions could make by being an active bystander).
  4. Know what to do (consider what you would do and when you would do it).
  5. Intervene safely (take action but be sure to keep yourself and those around you safe).

Know what to do

There's no one right way to 'call it out'. Consider the following types of active bystander behaviours and these tips of how to help call out disrespect .

  1. Diffuse - Make light-hearted comments or give disapproving looks
  2. Check in - See if the target is okay
  3. Call it out - Declare the statement or behaviour offensive and explain why it is harmful
  4. Report -  Report an incident to the police, management or the Commission (if it is a workplace incident).

Visit the Municipal Association of Victoria website for resources developed for the 2019 campaign, 'Respect Women: Call it Out'.

What's on in Kingston?

Saturday 23 November - Roll for Respect

Join us for a free, family-friendly afternoon and activity for all ages. Learn how to play roller derby and watch an exhibition game led by Kingston City Rollers. 

Time: 2-5pm

Location: Springers Leisure Centre - 400 Cheltenham Rd, Keysborough

  • Have you ever seen a roller derby bout and thought “I could do that”?
  • Are you interested in an inclusive, competitive and dynamic sport?
  • Are you passionate about promoting respect?

Wear ORANGE in support of the 16 Days campaign. Bring skates and helmets if you have them or just joggers and socks.

Find out more here or contact Kate from Kingston Youth and Family Services on 1300 369 436.

Monday 25 November - Walk Against Family Violence

Join us in solidarity as we stand up and speak out against family violence.

Time: 12-1.30pm

Location: Federation Square

Meet outside the entrance of Transport Hotel at 11.50am to walk with Kingston and the Southern Melbourne Primary Care Partnership

Find out more

Tuesday 26 November - Interfaith Dinner to Prevent Family Violence

The Kingston Interfaith Committee will host a panel discussion on the role of faith organisations in preventing family violence.

Time: 6-8pm

Location: Kingston City Hall - 979-985 Nepean Hwy Moorabbin

Find out more

Friday 29 November - Kingston Active Respect

Waves Leisure Centre

Enjoy $1 Aquatic Entry per person including access to the Wave Pool, with planned games and the Splash Zones.

Time: 4-7pm 

Location: 111 Chesterville Rd, Highett

Outdoor family yoga: Bring your family along for a session from 4:30-5:30pm (or indoors depending on the weather!)


Don Tatnell Leisure Centre

Enjoy $1 Aquatic Entry per person

Time: 4-7pm 

Location: Warren Rd & Brisbane Terrace, Parkdale 

Friday 6 December - Active Bystander Training - No To Violence

Most people want to take effective action in challenging situations, they just don't know how. This practical workshop will help people build the skills and confidence to become safe, active bystanders.

Time: 9.30am - 1pm

Location: Castlefield Community Centre, 505 Bluff Rd, Hampton

Find out more

Tuesday 10 December - Active Bystander Training - No To Violence

Most people want to take effective action in challenging situations, they just don't know how. This practical workshop will help people build the skills and confidence to become safe, active bystanders.

Time: 9am - 12.30pm

Location: Mezzanine, Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran

Find out more

Kingston Libraries

Choose books that challenge gender stereotypes.

Find out more at or your local branch.

Help is available

1800 737 732 (24 hours)
National helpline that provides confidential information, counselling and support services.

No to Violence Men’s Referral Service
1300 766 491
Telephone counselling and information for men.

Download the Daisy App for information about local support services.

Download the Sunny app created by Women with Disabilities Australia.

See more support services in Kingston

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