Today marks the start of 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, an annual campaign held from 25 November – 10 December.
The campaign aims to increase awareness of gender-based violence, ensure prevention, and demand accountability for ending gender-based violence and discrimination in all spheres.
CFA Chief Officer Jason Heffernan said the campaign was an important one to mark.
“There is no place in our homes, brigades, workplaces, or indeed any space in our lives for violence, gender-based or otherwise,” Jason said.
“When we see gender-based violence occurring, it is so important to speak up and say something.”
Gender-based violence can take many forms, from crude jokes to physical violence. Women and girls experience high rates of gender-based violence and are often disproportionately affected.
North West Region Volunteer Sustainability team member Beth Taylor said that everyone has a part to play when it comes to putting an end to gender-based violence at the source.
“Stopping gender-based violence is everyone’s responsibility,” she said.
“While we may be tempted to let jokes slide or turn a blind eye to things, it’s important to speak up and know that you’re helping to stop bad behaviour and violence in its tracks.”
For more information on 16 Days of Activism and how you can get involved, please visit the Respect Victoria website.
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