16 Days of Activism

16 Days of Activism is a worldwide gender-based campaign that aims to raise awareness and strengthen local interventions in violence against gender-based violence. The 16 days are from November 25 to December 10,  provides an opportunity for the community to band together to reject violence and encourage conversations about preventing violence.

You can join the activities across the Central Goldfields details below or downloadable program here(PDF, 589KB):

PRE 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS TRAINING
Tuesday 23 & Wednesday 24 November, 9am – 5pm
Maryborough Highland Society

 

DV-alert general two-day workshop. Recognise and respond to domestic and family violence. Training is fully funded but places are limited. Training is delivered on behalf of Lifeline Australia RTO 88036
 

 

LITTLE PEOPLE DISPLAY AT RESOURCE CENTRE AND INFORMATION PACKS
Wednesday 25 November to Thursday 10 December
Display at Maryborough Resource Centre foyer (outside the Maryborough Library)

 

THE WALK AGAINST FAMILY VIOLENCE
Thursday 25 November
 
Join the ‘Central Goldfields’ group for the 2021 Walk Against Family Violence. Wear something orange a face mask, hat or t-shirt and go for a walk with a friend or others around the block or in the park.
 
 
BYSTANDER ACTION: REAL WORLD RESPONSES TO GENDER INEQUALITY
Thursday 25 November, 10am to 11.30am
Webinar

 

An online, interactive workshop, drawing on real world examples of activism in media, politics and beyond, with a particular focus on the Loddon Mallee Region.
Featuring guest panellists Nicole Ferrie (CNV), Cr. Helen Healy (MRCC), and Emma Brentnall (Campaspe PCP).
 
 
ZONTA FLOWERBED LAUNCH
Thursday 25 November, 11am to 12pm
Phillips Gardens, Maryborough
 
Zonta members will place an orange lady (representing victims of violence) at the specially planted flowerbed in Phillips Gardens to mark each day of the 16 days of activism.
 
ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM DISPLAY – FAMILY VIOLENCE IS A HEALTH ISSUE
Thursday 25 November, 12pm
Where: MDHS Maryborough
 
Do you have an Elephant in your Room? Let’s start a conversation. A group of local service providers will walk from Phillips Gardens to Maryborough District Health Service to collect Ellie the Elephant and relocate her to Parkview Bakery.

 

THE EXPERIENCES OF REFUGEE WOMEN WITH GUEST NYADOL NYUON
Tuesday 30 November, 10am to 11.30am
Online webinar
 
Nyuon, Chair of Harmony Alliance, reflects on the diverse experiences of refugee women in Australia, drawing on the findings of the 2021 Migrant women’s Safety Report.
With guest MC, Sonia Di Mezza, CEO, Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services.
 
 
INTRODUCTION TO GENDER EQUALITY AND RESPECT
Wednesday 1 December, 10am to 11am
Online workshop

 

Presented by Women’s Health Loddon Mallee. An introductory session which provides an overview of Australia’s current gender equality climate and explore everyday examples regarding gender norms. This workshop defines ‘gender’ as the everyday activities that shape what is taken to be the “natural” or “essential” nature of being a man or a woman.
 
We will challenge stereotypes based on binary gender, drawing on examples that illustrate ways that gendered norms maintain discrimination and exclusions, such as the Gender Pay Gap.
 
Our workshop introduces the link between gender equality and violence against women and girls through the four drivers of violence.
 
The workshop will provide an overview of the 2016 Royal Commission into Violence Against Women and the latest implementation and reporting requirements of the Victoria Gender Equality Act 2020.
 

 

ZONTA ORANGE FINGER-NAIL PAINT
Thursday 2 December, 10am to 2pm
148 High Street, Maryborough
 
Show your support for 16 Days of Activism at this pop-up nail painting salon using orange, the UN colour for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
 
FREE SELF DEFENCE CLASS
Thursday 2 December, 5pm
Scout Hall, 16 Christian Street, Maryborough
 
Fiona Skene, founder of WISE self-defence will run a 2-hour self-defence session for women in the community of ANY ability (wheelchair, disability etc.).
 
The session will consist of an hour of physical self-defence techniques, as well as education in understanding what drives us and why some people act the way that they do.
 
 
INTRODUCTION TO GENDER EQUALITY AND RESPECT
Friday 3 December,
10am to 11am
Online workshop
 
Presented by Women’s Health Loddon Mallee. Please see information for Wednesday 1 December.

 

Register: https://bit.ly/303Rhpg

 

INTRODUCTION TO BYSTANDER ACTION
Thursday 9 December, 10am to 11am
Online workshop

 

Presented by Women’s Health Loddon Mallee. This workshop will introduce the Bystander effect; how social norms, exclusions and disadvantage is maintained through our collective silence. We will explore Bystander Actions; exploring current examples and why people often don’t intervene because we minimise, trivialise and individualise discrimination and exclusion.
 

 

THE CONSORTIUM TALKS CONSENT
Thursday 9 December, 4.30pm to 6pm
Online event
 
The Loddon Consortium presents an online panel event, bringing together local leaders to discuss the key issues surrounding consent. The Loddon Consortium is made up of Centre for Non-Violence, Annie North Inc., Centre Against Sexual Assault Central Victoria, Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health and Women’s Health Loddon Mallee.

 

Register: https://bit.ly/3kmLoLj 

 

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES ONLINE CRAFT WITH MARYBOROUGH LIBRARY
Saturday 27 November, 2pm
Online tutorial

 

Join Kerry for an online craft tutorial making Marigold flowers out of tissue paper via the Maryborough Library Facebook page. You will need tissue paper (orange if you
can find it), scissors and pipe cleaners. facebook.com/MBLibVIC
 
CRAFTERNOON
Wednesday 8 December, 3.45pm to 4.45pm
Go Goldfields, Maryborough Resource Centre building, corner Alma & Nolan streets
 
A free workshop for parents/carers and children. Make your own simple festive decorations. All materials provided. Bookings: email: cgsc.art@cgoldshire.vic.gov.au or phone 5461 6600. Brought to you by Central Goldfields Art Gallery. 
 
YOUTH ACTIVITIES
FRIDAY SOUNDS LIKE RETURNS
26 November, 3 December & 10 December, 4.30pm
 
Follow Central Goldfields Youth to see and listen to the amazing talent on our doorstep. Enjoy! facebook.com/CentralGoldfieldsYouth/
 
MOVIE NIGHT
Saturday 4 December, 7.30pm 
Maryborough Paramount Theatre
 
Free movie night to celebrate the end of the year for our young people aged 10–25 years. Everyone over 16 are required to show proof of double vaccination.
Bookings Essential. For more information and bookings please contact Audrey 5461 0615. 

 

For those seeking help with family violence the Orange Door Network is now providing a free service for people of all ages and backgrounds across the Loddon region. They can also provide support to families in need of support with the care, wellbeing and development of children. This includes support for those who may be concerned about friends, family, neighbours or community members experiencing family violence. Here is their website for more information: https://orangedoor.vic.gov.au/