2023 16 Days of Activism

Mildura Rural City Council is proudly partnering with local agencies and groups to support the global 16 Days of Activism initiative.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is a global campaign led annually by UN Women.

It runs every year from 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day). During the 16 Days of Activism, communities around the world join the call to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls.

In 2023, Respect Victoria and Safe and Equal are working together to support local community engagement with the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

Mildura Rural City Council has been funded under Respect Victoria’s 16 Days of Activism grassroots initiative.

Find and more and get involved by visiting www.respectvictoria.vic.gov.au/campaigns/16-days-activism-against-gender-based-violence

With support and funding from local partners and Respect Victoria & Safe and Equal we have created numerous opportunities for you to take action too.

Find out more below.

If you or someone you know needs help contact

  • If in immediate danger call Police 000
  • 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732), available 24 hours. National sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service.
  • Safe Steps 1800 015 188, available 24 hours.  Victorian crisis support for women and children.
  • Rainbow Door (1800 729 367) is a free service for all LGBTIQ+ people in Victoria, their friends, family and peers.
  • Yarning Safe and Strong (1800 959 563) is a free and confidential counselling service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Lunch and Learn: Take Action Together for Gender Equality and a Safer Mallee

Wednesday 29 November (online via Zoom)
12.30pm to 1.30pm
Register at
https://events.humanitix.com/gender-equality before 28 November 2023

This FREE one-hour Lunch and Learn webinar will empower you and your organisation with knowledge and simple actions that will help create gender equality and prevent violence against women and children in our lives and in our communities.

You will learn:

  • What the often unknown causes of violence against women and girls are.
  • Why gender equality is key to preventing violence against women and girls.
  • What gender and gender equality is.
  • How taking action in the workplace can help create a more equal and just community.
  • Global evidence and Victorian examples.
  • What you/your organisation can do!

This session will be facilitated by Shannon Harmer - a dynamic and experienced facilitator who has spent the last 15 years working with organisations, governments, NGOs and humanitarian actors in gender equality and addressing violence against women and girls.

Shannon will stay online afterwards for any questions.

Register by Tuesday 28 November 2023

Art for Social Change

Join us in raising awareness about gender-based violence. Use creativity to spark change and promote social justice.

Artwork will be showcased on "gallery afternoon" on Thursday 7 December from 4pm to 6pm at Homebase Mildura.

The winning design will be featured on T-shirts that will be available for purchase.

Artwork must be submitted for judging by Monday 4 December 2023 to reception at Sunraysia Community Health Services.

From Awareness to Action: How sport can "Equal the Contest”

Mildura Rural City Council’s Awareness to Action forum is back for its second year!

Wednesday 29 November 2023
6pm to 9pm
Wallis Cinema Mildura
Light catering to be provided during the night. Popcorn and drinks not included.
Get your tickets at

This year's theme is about equalling the contest, and is designed to provide local sporting clubs with ways to create equitable and inclusive sporting environments for women and girls.

It will also be an opportunity to recognise and celebrate local sporting clubs who are partnering with Council to deliver the ‘Gendering in a New Era’ program.

The forum will be facilitated by Mildura Sporting Precinct Manager James Wilson and begin with a screening of Equal the Contest – a  documentary about the Mt Alexander Falcons, an all-inclusive community football team in Castlemaine.

Following the film there will be a forum with the director of the documentary Mitch Nivalis and two cast members, Sam Henty and Herbie.

You will be given the opportunity throughout the night to submit questions to the forum guests.

Riverfront Powerhouse Projection

Each evening on dusk a video created by Gender Equity Action Sunraysia will be projected on the Powerhouse building at the Mildura Riverfront.  The video is designed to raise awareness of the issue to community members and give them actions to make change.

25 November to 10 December 2023
on dusk each evening

Community Art Banner

Look out for the Equal and Safe banner in high profile locations as you move about the community during the 16 Days of Activism. 

The banner is an initiative of Gender Equity Action Sunraysia in partnership with community members and 10 local organisations.  It aims to raise awareness of the problem in our community and calls each of us to action.

The artwork was created by local women and girls.

25 November to 10 December 2023
Travelling to different locations in Mildura 

Affirmative Consent Webinar

by Women’s Health Loddon Mallee
28 November
10am to 11am


Gendered Drivers of Violence in Everyday Life – Session 1

Gendered Drivers of Violence in Everyday Life Session 2

Gender Equality Booklist and Kids Activities

Families want the best for their kids, to be treated equally and have all the same opportunities as each other. But lots of books don't represent girls, boys and gender diverse kids as equals. This limits kids ideas about who they can be and what they can do in life e.g. girls are often portrayed as pretty, princesses, quiet and nurturing while boys are often strong, loud and leaders.

Created by Gender Equity Action Sunraysia these resources support parents and carers to choose books that represent all kids equally and challenge outdated ideas about gender roles and empower kids to be themselves.

Activity Sheets(PDF, 1MB)
Booklist(PDF, 580KB)