16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence 2015

78. That’s how many women have died as a result of violence against women this year to date. That’s more than one a week, and an increase from last year.

Right now in Australia, violence against women is a leading cause of death for women aged 15 to 44.  One in three women have experienced physical violence in their lifetime, and one in five have experienced sexual violence.

YWCA Canberra is committed to a world free from violence, and we know that primary prevention through respectful relationships education is key to achieving this goal. Ultimately, until we address the root cause of violence – gender inequality – we won’t see change.

This year, we will be participating in the annual global campaign, 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence with a series of events and online activities.

We invite you to join us throughout this important campaign in raising the profile of the impact of violence against women on our community, and to share the message of the need for primary prevention initiatives far and wide.

READ

We’ll be posting regularly on our blog throughout the campaign, as well as adding links here to articles and essays on the issue of eliminating violence against women from other organisations.

SHARE

Share our social media campaign through Facebook and Twitter!

Follow us to see our regular updates, or download the collection of memes from our image gallery below.

ATTEND

We are hosting a number of events to keep the conversation going, and to engage the public in action:

Call Me Dad

Call Me Dad is a story about men who have perpetrated, or are at risk of perpetrating, family violence. These men struggle to maintain intimate relationships without resorting to abuse, physical or otherwise. This documentary by Media Stockade follows the men over several months, as they attempt to change themselves, and heal fragile bonds with their loved ones.

We’ll be hosting the Canberra premiere of Call Me Dad on Wednesday 2 December. Head to the events page to find out more and book tickets.

She Meets – how can we end violence against women?

During 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence, join us for a special She Meets discussion, held in partnership with the This is Not a Wife Beater campaign.

We’ll start with a special screening of the documentary 180 Degrees: because life can change by Rocio Forero B, provided by YWCA of Belgium.

Following the film, Alisa Draskovic, founder of This is Not a Wife Beater will facilitate an inclusive, group discussion around how we can work towards preventing violence against women in Australia, and some of the key goals of the This is Not a Wife Beater campaign.

Find out more and RSVP here.

TAKE ACTION

We’re hosting a Day of Action in partnership with Toora Women Inc., Doris Women’s Refuge and Beryl Women’s Refuge, to call on our government to do more to end domestic violence, and to pay our respects to the lives lost this year from violence against women.

Join us on the lawns of Parliament House on Friday December 11 at 12pm to hear from YWCA Canberra Executive Director, Frances Crimmins, and other special guests, to add your voice to this call for action! Find out more here.