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20 November 2023

Let’s change the story: respect is treating everyone as an equal

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 Saturday, 25 November, marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It also marks the commencement of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an annual global campaign that mobilises individuals, communities, and organisations to confront gender inequalities and work towards eradicating violence against women and girls around the world.

As a university community, we stand together against violence and challenge expressions of gender inequality that allow and reinforce gender-based violence. Join us in raising awareness and creating a future where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

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

How you can be part of 16 Days of Activism

Check out our Deakin Life Insta throughout the 16 days. Share your own perspectives on socials and remember to use the hashtags #16Days and #16daysofactivism.

We also encourage you to join in the range of 16 Days activities and events running from 25 November to 10 December – please see Deakin’s 16 Days of Activism webpage for full event listings.

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).

For external support services, you can contact the following:

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