Respect Victoria’s Respect Women: ‘Call It Out’ (Respect Is) campaign encourages Victorians to call out sexism, sexual harassment and disrespect towards women.

This campaign aims to support the Victorian community in understanding what respect means, what it looks like, and how to put it into practice in their everyday lives. We have an opportunity to support our communities to understand what gender equality looks like and how striving for equality can prevent violence against women. When gender equality exists, we all benefit.

Gender inequality involves devaluing or disrespecting women or women’s contributions. Research has consistently found that these forms of disrespect increase the likelihood of violence against women. Respect Victoria wants to inspire action and to encourage members of the public to embrace the types of behaviours and actions that represent and personify ‘respect’.

16 Days of Activism

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative galvanising individuals, communities, and organisations to address gender inequalities and eradicate violence against women and girls around the world.

The 16 Days of Activism begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November) and ends on International Human Rights Day (10 December).

The dates for the campaign were chosen to link violence against women and human rights. During this time, organisations and individuals from around the world raise awareness about women’s rights being human rights, and that violence against women is a fundamental violation of those human rights.

Respect Victoria’s Respect Women: ‘Call It Out’ (Respect Is) campaign seeks to align with the timing of 16 Days of Activism as recognition that this is an important period of the year to be actively focusing on violence against women.

To find out more and how you can get involved with the 16 Days of Activism go to respectvictoria.vic.gov.au/16-days-activism-2021 (External link)