Victoria Against Violence

GENDER EQUALITY STRATEGY TO BE LAUNCHED AS PART OF VICTORIA AGAINST VIOLENCE

The Andrews Labor Government will launch Victoria’s first ever Gender Equality Strategy as part of this year’s Victoria Against Violence – 16 Days of Activism campaign.

Victoria Against Violence is part of the United Nations led international campaign, Unite to End Violence Against Women: 16 Days of Activism.

Thanks to international time zones, Victoria will be one of the first jurisdictions in the world launching this official UN campaign.

Following the success of the inaugural campaign last year, Victoria Against Violence will run from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November to International Human Rights Day on 10 December.

The high-profile campaign invites Victorians to stand together to stamp out family violence, and the Labor Government has provided $175,000 to support community events and activities across the state.

As part of work to develop the Gender Equality Strategy, Minister for Women and Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson undertook months of public consultation with individuals, community groups and large organisations right across the state.

Consultations were held in Bendigo, Ararat, Warrnambool, Sale, Shepparton, Mildura, Wangaratta and metropolitan Melbourne. I also held a series of targeted consultations with members of the CALD community, young and elderly Victorians, those with a disability, members of the LGBTI community and those working in specific industries.

The Strategy, to be release during Victoria Against Violence, will drive real change for women across all sectors of society, and address the fundamental link between gender inequality and violence against women. It will also push for change at a Commonwealth level.

Victoria Against Violence 2016 Activities – Get Involved

Orange is the United Nations designated colour for this campaign, so don’t forget to ‘Go Orange’ to show your support.

Community groups, workplaces, shops, neighbourhoods, students and families are urged to embrace the colour orange – designated by the UN to represent a future free from violence against women and girls.

As we unite across the globe on 25 November to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, iconic buildings and landmarks throughout Victoria will be bathed in orange light to raise awareness of family violence and mark the start of the campaign.

The Walk Against Family Violence is an annual community initiative where hundreds of Victorians come together to unite against this harm. Starting at Federation Square, this year’s procession will make its way through the city. It would be great to see as many Victorians join us at the walk on Friday 25 November from 1pm. For further details, please go to http://www.fedsquare.com/events/walk-against-family-violence.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Women Fiona Richardson

“Treating women with respect and ending family violence is everyone’s responsibility – and the Andrews Labor Government is leading the way.”

“Our Gender Equality Strategy will set out a clear vision for real change in Victoria, ensuring women from all walks of life and across all industries get the support they need to remove barriers once and for all.”

“I’d urge people right across the state to get behind Victoria Against Violence – across these 16 days, we need as many voices as possible to say the violence has to stop.”