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Respect Women: ‘Call it Out’ - 16 Days of Activism

Council is committed to preventing violence against women and is again supporting Respect Victoria’s Respect Women: ‘Call it Out’ campaign, marking the international 16 Days Of Activism against gender-based violence.

The 16 Days – from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November to UN Human Rights Day – raise awareness of gender inequality as a key driver of violence against women.

Victoria’s 2020 theme ‘Respect is …’ is in recognition that gender inequality involves devaluing or disrespecting women or their contributions. Research has consistently found that these forms of disrespect increase the likelihood of violence against women.

Council has a proud history as a world leader in responding to violence against women and in 2010 pioneered introduction of Family Violence Leave, providing employees experiencing family violence with access to 20 days of paid leave.

Our Council Plan includes commitment to contribute to the prevention of violence against women, and we have continued to develop a culture of safety, support and respect through the adoption of a Workplace Diversity Commitment in 2016 and White Ribbon accreditation in 2017.

Again this year during the 16 Days of Activism we are seeking to create conversations and inspire positive change on gender equality and respectful behaviour towards women and girls.

To help, we asked members of our local community to share their thoughts on ‘Respect Is…’ and gender equality in relation to surfing and our famous waves.

Watch the videos series below to hear their insights and reflections. We also encourage you to reflect on what Respect Is…….for you.

Disrespect:
Community members talk about disrespect women and girls can experience in the surf despite their common love for the waves.

Respect Is:
Community members outline what Respect Is… to them.



Showing Respect:

Community members share ideas on how to show respect for women and girls in the line-up.   

Common Water:
Community members identify their common love of surfing and the water as a place for all, regardless of gender.

 

Media
Community members talk about the damaging gender stereotypes used in the surfing media.

Family
Parents talk about how they share parenting responsibilities when both of them love to surf.    

  

Future of Surfing
Community members talk about the benefits having more women and girls in the water can bring to the experience of surfing for all.

 

Our Council Plan includes commitment to contribute to the prevention of violence against women, and we have continued to develop a culture of safety, support and respect through the adoption of a Workplace Diversity Commitment in 2016 and White Ribbon accreditation in 2017.

Respect Victoria defines gender-based violence as including all forms of violence against people based on gender, or violence that affects people of a particular gender disproportionately. It is most frequently used to describe men’s violence against women.

Here are some facts and statistics relating to gender equality and gender-based violence:

  • One in five women experience sexual violence from age 15

  • One in 20 men experience sexual violence from age 15

  • 93 per cent of victims of violence – women or men – experience that violence from a male perpetrator

  • Women made up 90 per cent of adults seeking the help of specialist homelessness services due to family and domestic violence in 2018-19

  • 64 per cent of Victorian women have experienced bullying, harassment or violence in their workplace

  • Full-time average weekly wages for women are 14 per cent less than for men

  • One in three LGBTIQ people have experienced violence from a partner, ex-partner or family member

(Sources: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Specialist homelessness services annual report 2018 – 19)

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic or family violence contact Barwon Orange Door on 1800 312 820, or Safe Steps on 1800 015 188.

More information on Council’s work on preventing violence against women by promoting gender equality will be available on this website soon.

For more information please contact

Olivia Naughtin

Coordinator Community Health and Development

m.  0428 244 806  |  e: onaughtin@surfcoast.vic.gov.au