16 Ways to Get Involved in 16 Days

There are many ways that you can engage in and organise activities as part of the 16 Days Campaign.

Loddon Mallee Family Violence Networks, CARE Partner Organisations, and other stakeholders in our region have shared the following suggestions from activities that have been run in their local communities. 

Many of these ideas can also be used beyond the 16 Days of Activism to encourage year-round action for gender equality and prevention of gender-based violence.   

Partnerships with other organisations can be helpful in leveraging greater support for your campaign activities, while also strengthening the depth of the discussion. For example, you can work on partnering a local sporting club, faith-based community members, local businesses, community organisations or community groups. 

Suggested Activities

List your activity on the regional Loddon Mallee 16 Days calendar

WHLM has established a regional calendar for 16 Days activities in the Loddon Mallee. Register your activity and check out what other events and activities are happening HERE.

Sign up for the Safe Steps Walk Against Family Violence

Register to take part in the Walk Against Family Violence taking place on Friday 24th November. The annual walk is hosted by Safe Steps, with support from Respect Victoria. Every year the walk launches Victoria’s 16 Days of Activism and encourages Victorians to stand up and speak out against family violence. Register as an individual, or as a local group and wear orange to raise awareness. 

Host an online forum or panel discussion event

By hosting an online event you can ignite conversations about preventing gender-based violence and provide educational opportunities for your community. Use our conversation starter suggestions to support conversations about respect, gender-based violence, everyday sexism and how to call it out everywhere.  
 
Use VicHealth’s Framing Gender Equality Messaging Guide to help inform your conversations and key messages.  
 
Don’t forget to list your event on the regional 16 Days calendar.

Get active on social media

Using social media to create awareness and promote behaviour change can be a fun and simple way to reach a broad audience. Start conversations, promote local events, or share resources.  

Take part in the Loddon Mallee #respectischallenge – a simple and fun way to share 16 Days messaging on social media.
 
Use the selfie frame or the pledge cards and be part of the regional campaign to end violence against women. Don’t forget to use our suggested hashtags! 
 
Use VicHealth’s Framing Gender Equality Messaging Guide to help inform your conversations and key messages. 

Hold a community event

Organise a morning tea, a community BBQ, a panel discussion, book club or exhibition. Use the conversation starter suggestions to support conversations about respect, gender-based violence, everyday sexism and how to call it out everywhere.  
 
Don’t forget to list your event on the regional 16 Days calendar. 

Encourage people of all genders to get involved

Preventing violence against women isn’t “women’s work”. It takes whole communities to create impactful and lasting change. Provide opportunities for men and boys to be actively involved as gender equality allies.  

Make it Bright Orange

Orange symbolises a brighter future and a world free from violence against women and girls. Encourage everyone in your workplace, and across your community to show their support for 16 Days by wearing orange.  
 
Take a photo of yourself and your colleagues in orange and share it across your social media platforms. Consider printing orange t-shirts, caps or face paint. 
 
You can also light up your town with orange! Light up prominent buildings, gardens or community spaces, or ask your local library to put up a display or encourage shop fronts to go orangeOrange “yarn bombing”, using orange knitted or crocheted flowers or pom poms can be another fun way to creatively orange your community! 

Elevate the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, refugee and migrant women

Invite Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, refugee and migrant women, to share their stories, achievements and initiatives in print, video and on social media. 
 
Two helpful resources include Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency’s (VACCA) #SafeKooriFamilies – There Is Another Way information, and resources and social media tiles developed by InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence in partnership with Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria and Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health. 

Share books that challenge traditional gender stereotypes

Record people reading books, or parts of books, aloud and share the videos.  
 
Use the recommended book list to create library displays, promote the list to book clubs and distribute amongst colleagues, family, friends, and social media followers.

Hold a movie screening

Screen a film at your local cinema or other community venue, or you can offer an online screening. See our list of recommended films for ideas.  
 
Don’t forget to list your event on the regional 16 Days calendar.

Share Inspiring Stories

Celebrate local leaders and trailblazers in your community. Contribute stories to your local newspaper or community newsletters, and share stories on social media that inspire others to create change and act against gender-based violence. 
 
Organise an event that celebrates people in your community working to end gendered violence – online or in person.

Don’t forget to list your event on the regional 16 Days calendar.

Organise a Community Vigil

Hold a vigil for victim-survivors. Share the information and support resources listed here.  
 
Don’t forget to list your event on the regional 16 Days calendar. 

Organise a community art project

Coordinate an art project that involves your community.  

Make use of our chalk art stencil on community footpaths [make sure you have permission to do this] with a local youth or school group, organise a mural painting by a local female artist, put together a photography or film project for young people, or support and promote local female artists and musicians. 
 

Put on a community sports event

Sports are the lifeblood of many of the towns and communities across the Loddon Mallee region. Put together a gender equal and inclusive footy, basketball or netball game. Or a fun run! You could even make it a fundraiser for a local shelter or service. Celebrate women, girls and gender diverse sportspeople in your community. 
 
Don’t forget to list your event on the regional 16 Days calendar.

Display posters or banners in your workspace and around your community

Display posters or banners in your workplace, on your website and social media channels and on community notice boards. Consider ways in which you can use a wide range of platforms and mediums to share the campaign messages, including online. Check out our suite of 16 Days campaign resources to support you here. 
 
Ask permission to put up posters in libraries, neighbourhood houses, schools, community halls, sporting clubs and other settings within your municipality or organisation encouraging people to ‘call out’ disrespectful behaviour.

Learn more about gender-based violence and bystander action

Explore the list of Useful Resources we’ve compiled for some recommended books, tv shows, videos, podcasts, and other resources to get you started on your learning journey. Encourage others in your workplace or home to get engaged too.  
 
Alternatively, sign up for one of Women’s Health Loddon Mallee’s upcoming Training + Workshops, with a series of educational opportunities for yourself and colleagues.

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