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Upskill with DVCS during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

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The International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women is a day globally acknowledged on 25 November each year. It also signals the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign running from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, through to 10 December, which is Human Rights Day.

It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organising strategy by individuals and organisations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

The global theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which will run from 25 November to 10 December, is ‘Orange the world: End violence against women now!’

The Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) is excited to bring you two amazing panel discussions and events during these 16 Days of Activism. All of the events are open to everyone, we welcome people wanting to learn, reflect, improve their practice, their knowledge or indeed show solidarity with those who experience violence within our community.

To start, DVCS are excited to bring you a panel discussion to explore the question. Firstly, Ending Gender Based Violence: Whose Job Is It?, a discussion focused on the roles of Institutions, Government, Politics, Business and Media in ending violence against women.

Taking place this Thursday 25 November from 12.30 pm to 1.45 pm online,  join the exceptional panel of ACT Deputy Chief Minister Yvette Berry – Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Patty Kinnersly – Chief Executive Officer of OurWATCH Australia and Angela Priestley, Co Founder and Publisher at Women’s Agenda, moderated by Sue Webeck, Chief Executive Officer at Domestic Violence Crisis Service. Register here

In week two, DVCS CEO, Sue Webeck and Program Support Manager, Sarah Gillett will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about responding to someone who is experiencing domestic or family violence.

Learn more about how to appropriately and positively respond to someone who discloses their experience of domestic and/or family violence. How to ask, how to respond and where to refer people, in addition to looking after yourself.

Taking place on Tuesday 30 November from 12.30–2 pm (including time for questions) this session is suitable for anyone within the community, but particularly helpful for friends and family members of those experiencing domestic and family violence, managers, business owners, coaches, leaders and those working in the health and education professions. Register here

And finally, in week three, DVCS is excited to finish up the 16 Days of Activism by bringing you a panel discussion to explore the question: Ending Domestic and Family Violence: What role do Men’s Behaviour Change Programs play?

Taking place on Tuesday 7 December from 2–3.15 pm, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from an impressive panel including Belinda Campbell, Team Leader Room4Change at Domestic Violence Crisis Service, Dr Tracy Castelino, Consultant at Shantiworks, Rodney Vlais, Policy Advisor, Trainer and Change Agency with a focus on gender-based violence and Dr Jason Payne, Criminologist at the University of Wollongong.

Moderated by Sue Webeck, Chief Executive Officer at Domestic Violence Crisis Service, this will be an online event and you can register here

And for those keen to stay at home and do something social, why not invite some friends and family around for a casual catch up, making sure it is in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions relevant to your location.

This is an opportunity for you to spread awareness of domestic and family violence, chat about who you could all turn to if you needed support and what professional services are available to help people. The DVCS website has information relevant to this that you could share.

Some people are using this as an opportunity to fundraise for DVCS, and that’s great, but it’s not the most important bit. The most important bit is having the conversation. Telling your friends and family, that you will be there for them. That you are ready and willing to support them and help them find professional services should they be impacted by domestic and family violence.

To find out other ways you can support the end of gender-based violence, be sure to follow DVCS on social media @DVCSACT.

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