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16 Days of Activism

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence starts today.

Running 25 November to 10 December, this global initiative aims to motivate individuals, communities and organisations to address gender inequalities and eliminate violence against women and girls around the world.

In 2020, COVID-19 has increased both the prevalence and severity of gender-based violence.

What can I do?

Join this free online session on Gender Equality & Preventing Family Violence on Tuesday 1 December. Hear from a range of experts discussing the link between gender equality and preventing family violence.

Register today to be sure you don't miss special guest keynote speaker: Jess Hill ‐ two-time Walkley award winning journalist and Stella Prize winning author of See What You Made Me Do.

Another way to call out disrespect and promote gender equality is to read and share books and films that challenge traditional gender stereotypes.

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

Recommended books and films

Below are some resources to raise awareness, start conversations and initiate action to help us create safe, equal and respectful relationships.

Find books, eBooks and films that are available in our collections. Click on the link of each title to read more about it in Kingston Libraries catalogue and place a hold.

Non-fiction Books | Fiction Books | Young Adult Books | Children's Books | Films & Documentaries

Non-fiction
Books

#metoo:
Stories from the Australia movement

Edited by
Natalie Kon-yu
Read in BorrowBox

Accidental Feminists
by Jane Caro
View Book
Read in BorrowBox

Amateur:
A reckoning with gender, identity and masculinity

by Thomas Page McBee
View Book

Beyond Trans:
Does gender matter?

by Heath Fogg Davis
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Boys Will Be Boys
by Clementine Ford
View Book
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Listen on BorrowBox

Dear Ijewele,
or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
View Book

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
View Book
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Listen on BorrowBox

Equality for Women = Prosperity for All
by Augusto Lopez-Claros
View Book

Fixed It:
Violence and the representation of women in the media

by Jane Gilmour
Read in BorrowBox

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
View Book

See What You Made Me Do
by Jess Hill
View Book
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Listen on BorrowBox

Serving in Silence? Australian LGBT servicemen and women
by Noah Riseman
View Book

Sexual Harassment
by Justin Healey
View Book

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
View Book
View Audio CD
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Listen on BorrowBox

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

by Phil Barker
View Book
Read in BorrowBox

Work Like a Woman:
A manifesto for change

by Mary Portas
Read in BorrowBox

I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban
by Malala Yousafzai
View Book
View Audio CD

The Argonauts
by Maggie Nelson
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Hidden figures: the untold story of the African-American women who helped win the space race
by Margot Lee Shetterly
View Book
View Audio CD
Read in BorrowBox

Stealing the Show:
How Women Are Revolutionising Television

by Joy Press
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The time has come:
why men must join the Gender Equality Revolution

by Michael Kaufman
View Book

How to own the room:
women and the art of brilliant speaking

by Viv Groskop
View Book
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Fiction
Books

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
View Book

Young Adult
Books

Luna
by Julie Anne Peters
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Gabi, a girl in pieces
by Isabel Quintero
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The surface breaks
by Louise O'Neill
View Book
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Listen on BorrowBox

I am J
by Cris Beam
View Book

The curious tale of the Lady Caraboo
by Catherine Johnson
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The Ruby in the Smoke
by Philip Pullman
View Book
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Listen on BorrowBox

And I darken
by Kiersten White
View Book

Juliet takes a breath
by Gabby Rivera
View Book
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Children's
Books

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

by Libby Jackson
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The Adventurous Princess:
And other feminist fairy tales

by Erin-Claire Barrow
View Book

Be who you are
by Todd Parr
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Ruby's wish
by Shirin Yim Bridges
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Girls Are Pretty…
by Susann Hoffmann
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Boys Will Be…
by Susann Hoffmann
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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
View Book

My princess boy:
A mom's story about a young boy who loves to dress up

by Ann Stott
View Book

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
View Book

Jacob's new dress
by Sarah Hoffman
View Book

Films
Film & Documentary Streaming

Gender Questions and Feminist Science Fiction
2016
Watch in Kanopy

How Different are Male and Female Brains?
2018
Watch in Kanopy

A Thousand Mothers
2017
Watch in Kanopy

The Bystander Moment:
Transforming rape culture at its roots

2018
Watch in Kanopy

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.

See Kingston's website for more information on preventing family violence.