"This year is the 30th anniversary of when the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence all began, when 23 women met at the Women's Global Leadership Institute to talk about gender-based violence" said Michael Oerlemans, Regional Director with Anglicare Victoria, "and from that humble beginning it this has grown to an international movement with the backing of United Nations declarations and community-based commemorations around Australia and the world".
The global theme for this year is Orange the World: End violence against women now! Orange is the colour of the UN Secretary-General's UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign. It's a bright and optimistic colour representing a future from violence against women and girls.
This resonates particularly with the Orange Door family violence and child wellbeing services established set up by Family Safety Victoria.
The 16 days of Activism runs from the 25 November to 10 December 2021. The starting date is the day for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the commemoration finishes on Human Rights Day, recognising that this is an issue for us all.
As workers we approach every day with the optimism that we can support change for individuals and maybe even create a better world.Anglicare Victoria's Orange Door program manager Melissa Rockes
Melissa Rockes is the Program Manager responsible for Anglicare Victoria's program in the Orange Door.
"Every day we work with families including victim survivors of family violence. Family violence is predominately gender-based and takes a great toll on our community affecting women and children in life-changing ways", she said. "As workers we approach every day with the optimism that we can support change for individuals and maybe even create a better world".
Locally Anglicare Victoria is going with the theme this year promoted by 1800Respect - Respect is (Call it Out).
Anglicare Victoria is making commitments to 'call out' behaviours that don't foster respect; standing up for equality; working to prevent violence against women, and supporting families of all shapes, sizes and diversity.
"Our staff" said Michael Oerlemans "will be marching on Thursday in real life, or virtually, to demonstrate our commitment to respect and the 16 days of activism, in Bendigo, Echuca and Maryborough".