International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women might have passed by for another year, but a Bendigo women’s organisation is keeping up the conversation about gender inequality in the fortnight that follows.
The UN Day kickstarted 16 days of global activism, seeking to end men’s violence as well as address the funding shortfall prevention and response services face.
The state government is also running its own Victoria against Violence initiative throughout the 16 days.
Centre for Non-Violence is collecting pledges and messages of support from community members, sharing them online via their Facebook page.
Prevention and development manager Robyn Trainor said most messages were telling survivors they were not alone and there were people available to help.
“There’s also messages about making sure you believe them (victims),” Ms Trainor said.
“That can make a real difference in terms of them feeling hurt or feeling supported.”