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16 Days of Activism

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is a widely recognised global initiative that signifies action towards ending violence against women and girls around the world. One way to call out disrespect and promote gender equality is to read and share books that challenge traditional gender stereotypes.

Here is a selection of recently published resources to raise awareness, prompt conversations and initiate action to help us create safe, equal and respectful relationships. Included are books, ebooks and films that can be found in our library collection. Click on the link of each title to read more about it, or to place a hold.

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Stories from the Australia movement

Edited by
Natalie Kon-yu
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Accidental Feminists
by Jane Caro
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A reckoning with gender, identity and masculinity

by Thomas Page McBee
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Beyond Trans:
Does gender matter?

by Heath Fogg Davis
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Boys Will Be Boys
by Clementine Ford
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Dear Ijewele,
or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Down girl:
The logic of misogyny

by Kate Manne
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Equal power:
And how you can make it happen

by Jo Swinson
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Equality for Women = Prosperity for All
by Augusto Lopez-Claros
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Fixed It:
Violence and the representation of women in the media

by Jane Gilmour
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Invisible Women:
Exposing data bias in a world designed for men

by Caroline Criado-Perez
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Leftover in China:
The women shaping the world's next superpower

by Roseann Lake
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Look What You Made Me Do
by Helen Walmsley-Johnson
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See What You Made Me Do
by Jess Hill
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Serving in Silence? Australian LGBT servicemen and women
by Noah Riseman
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Sexual Harassment
by Justin Healey
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Stop Fixing Women:
Why building fairer workplaces is everyone's business

by Catherine Fox
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The Gender Games:
The problem with men and women from someone who has been both

by Juno Dawson
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The Gendered Brain:
The new neuroscience that shatters the myth of the female brain

by Gina Rippon
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The Moment of Lift:
How empowering women changes the world

by Melinda Gates
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The Revolution of Man:
Rethinking what it means to be a man

by Phil Barker
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Work Like a Woman:
A manifesto for change

by Mary Portas
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Documentary Film Streaming

Gender Questions and Feminist Science Fiction
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How Different are Male and Female Brains?
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A Thousand Mothers
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The Bystander Moment:
Transforming rape culture at its roots

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Louis and Louise
by Julie Cohen
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Turn Left at Venus
by Inez Baranay
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Mrs Mohr Goes Missing:
An ingenious marriage of comedy and crime

by Olga Tokarczuk
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For and About Kids

A Galaxy of Her Own:
Amazing stories about women in space

by Libby Jackson
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Girls Are Pretty…
by Susann Hoffmann
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Boys Will Be…
by Susann Hoffmann
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Raising Boys in the 21st Century
by Steve Biddulph
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Some Boys
by Nelly Thomas
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Franny's Father is a Feminist
by Rhonda Leet
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The Adventurous Princess:
And other feminist fairy tales

by Erin-Claire Barrow
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Want to Play Trucks?
by Ann Stott
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Who Am I? I Am Me:
A book to explore gender equality, gender stereotyping, acceptance and diversity

by Jayneen Sanders
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Support is Available

If you believe someone is in immediate danger call 000 and ask for the police.

If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, help is available.

  • 1800RESPECT 1800 737 732
    (24/7 national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service)

  • The Orange Door 1800 319 353
    (Bayside Peninsula family violence support and safety hub)

  • Men's Referral Service 1300 766 491
    (confidential counselling and information for men)

See Kingston's website for more information about the 16 Days of Activism campaign and preventing family violence.