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16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, 25 November-10 December

16daysThe 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is one of the most well-known global campaigns dedicated to raising awareness about the impact of violence against women and to ending gender based violence. The campaign is held from 25 November until 10 December. It encourages women and men to take the lead in their communities and networks by speaking out against gender-based violence, challenging the attitudes that allow violence to continue in our society, and calling on governments to respond to and prevent violence against women.

This year, WHIN invites you to participate in '16 Actions for 16 Days'. WHIN has developed a 16 Actions for 16 DaysToolkit to provide additional information and links to support each action.

WHIN has compiled the following actions that are designed to start conversations and promote ways we can all improve our understanding of gender inequality and violence against women. WHIN would like to acknowledge the work of Women’s Health West who have been conducting the ‘16 Days Activists challenge’ since 2015. Our initiative is based on this work.

16 Actions for 16 Days

1. Relearn global herstory and research ‘women who changed the world.’

2. Learn what victim-blaming is and how to recognise it.

3. Learn what patriarchy is and practice explaining it to someone else.

4. Learn about gender, power and sexual consent.

5. Don’t laugh at sexist jokes or comments and speak up against them if you can.

6. Explore why we have a gender pay gap and talk with others about it at work.

7. Learn to recognise gender stereotypes in the media and talk with others about it.

8. Encourage the children in your life to play with any toy they like, regardless of gender stereotypes.

9. Encourage the men in your life to talk to each other their feelings and emotions.

10. Recognise how violence against women is also a men’s issue, and discuss this with the men in your life.

11. Talk to a man in your life about the pressures of being a ‘real man’ and how it impacts on relationships with others.

12. Shift the conversation from what she looks like, to who she is and what she has achieved.

13. Reflect on the division of labour in your household: Is it fair?

14. Don’t fund sexism: Don’t buy media or products that portray women in a degrading or violent manner.

15. Call it out when a woman is interrupted or spoken over.

16. Advocate against violence and gender inequality by spreading awareness on your social media and beyond.


Over the 16 days of the campaign WHIN will be sharing an action each day via our social media pages as well as displaying an action in our office window on High St.

What can you do to get involved?

The 16 actions are simple, everyday actions that everyone can do. Why not learn something new, educate others, have important and meaningful conversations and challenge yourself by selecting one or more of the actions to undertake every day throughout the campaign.

By challenging yourself to undertake these actions, you are playing a crucial role in promoting women’s rights, gender equality and putting an end to gender-based violence.

You can follow WHIN’s campaign on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Make sure to like our pages to stay informed and join the conversation.

WHIN would like to thank the Victorian Government and the Victoria against Violence campaign for supporting this initiative.

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Launch of Strategic Plan 2017-2021

WHIN is excited to launch our brand new Strategic Plan 2017–2021. Beautifully-produced, it features our guiding approach, priority work areas and our strategies for working in these areas.

We’ve been energised by this opportunity to articulate our plan for women in the north to have voice, choice and power in all aspects of their health, safety and wellbeing.



Launch of 50-50: Increasing the Odds for Safety and Respect Film and Resource Notes

WHIN is excited to launch our new film and resource notes 50–50: Increasing the Odds for Safety and Respect.  This marks the completion of the 'Increasing the Odds for Safety and Respect' project focussing on the link between family violence and gambling.

The resource helps guide professionals from both the gambling and family violence counselling fields and provides the broader community with language to challenge expressions that support violence against women. The film shows 'Phil', a man with gambling issues, expressing stereotyped ideas of masculinity and femininity and a need to control his partner's independence and decisions. His friend 'Ahmed', who works as a counsellor, challenges these comments.


The film is available to stream online and the resource notes can be downloaded.  To order a hard copy please contact the office by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 9484 1666.

WHIN would like to thank our project partners Women's Health East and North East Primary Care Partnership.

Launch of Building a Respectful Community Strategy 2017-2021

Leaders from across Melbourne’s north came together on 13 September 2017 to launch Building a Respectful Community Strategy 2017–2021 and pledge their commitment to creating a gender-equitable, safe and respectful community.


Building a Respectful Community Strategy 2017–2021 is the northern metropolitan region’s second shared strategy for preventing violence against women. It was developed by the Building a Respectful Community Partnership, an alliance of seven local councils, 13 health organisations, three community service organisations and La Trobe University, led by WHIN.

WHIN CEO, Helen Riseborough, said the launch of the new strategy was a celebration of the strong collaboration across the region and the recognition that all parts of our society have a role in preventing violence against women.

“This event demonstrated the incredible commitment across Melbourne’s north to creating a safer and more equal world for women and girls. Many of these organisations are leading the way with some of Australia’s most progressive work to prevent violence against women.”

For an introduction to the Strategy, see the Infographic Clip.