16 Days of Activism across the Rural City of Wangaratta

Published on 05 December 2022

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Rural City of Wangaratta supports 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. This campaign began on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and runs until International Human Rights Day on 10 December.

This year the campaign encourages people to call out sexism, sexual harassment, and disrespect towards women: Respect Women: Call It Out.

“Our Council is committed to working in our communities to reduce the incidence of violence against women and children,” said Mayor, Councillor Dean Rees.

“We have chosen to actively participate and promote this campaign to raise awareness of what needs to be done to make real change.”

“This is an opportunity to support communities across the Rural City of Wangaratta to understand what gender equity looks like and how working towards this helps to address violence against women.”

Crime Statistics Agency data in the last financial year shows the number of family violence incidents in the Rural City of Wangaratta exceeded the state average by 50.2%.

“We must do all that we can to reduce family violence, and to protect and support victims and survivors,” said Cr Rees.

Please join us and get involved in this campaign! Visit the Government Centre and collect a Respect Is card from Customer Service to write what Respect Is to you. Look deeper into understanding what respect means, what it looks like, and how we can put it into practice every day. This card will be added to our collage making a statement of what our community would like to be.

“Let’s work together and show our commitment to reducing gender-based violence across the Rural City of Wangaratta,” said Cr Rees.