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23 November 2022

Respect is treating everyone as an equal – it’s up to all of us to ‘call out’ poor behaviour

Respect is the building block of all healthy relationships. Choosing to lead with respect in our relationships, workplaces, schools, universities and homes can ultimately prevent family violence and violence against women, which is driven by entrenched problems like sexism and gender inequality. 

This Friday 25 November is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It’s also day one of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an annual international initiative galvanising individuals, communities and organisations to address gender inequalities and eradicate violence against women and girls around the world.

RESPECT IS…treating everyone as an equal #respectis #callitout #16days RESPECT WOMEN. CALL IT OUT.

As a university community, we must stand together against violence and challenge expressions of gender inequality that allow and reinforce gender-based violence. It can be confronting to stand up in the face of poor behaviour, but there’s things that we can all do to call it out every day – for example:

Keen to learn more? Watch these stories of respect to hear from everyday Victorians who are creating change in their communities. You can also email [email protected] for information on our bystander training, which gives you tools for dealing with difficult situations in a practical and positive way.

How you can be part of 16 Days of Activism

We encourage you to join in these 16 Days activities from 25 November to 10 December:

Do you need support?

If you’ve experienced gender-based violence, or would like help or advice, please reach out. There’s a range of Deakin and community-based support services available. In an emergency, always dial Triple Zero (000).

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