Manningham organisations taking action against gender-based violence

21 Nov 2022
Healthy Community

About the 16 Days of Activism campaign

Each year, the 16 Days of Activism campaign runs from 25 November to 10 December, raising awareness and calling for action toward preventing and ending all forms of gender-based violence. 

We’re committed to preventing all forms of gender-based violence within our community, and support Respect Victoria’s local campaign, Respect Women: ‘Call it out’

This campaign raises awareness about what respect means, what it looks like, and how to put it into practice in your everyday life. It encourages us to call out sexism, sexual harassment and disrespect towards women. Go to Respect Victoria for more information about their campaign. 


How we're working with local organisations to take action

Having so many touchpoints with our community, local businesses can be leaders in preventing all gender-based violence in Manningham. Recently, we supported our local real estate businesses to do just that. 

Ten real estate agents from five of our local agencies, pro-actively joined our Manningham Safe, Respectful and Inclusive Real Estate Agent Project to build their capacity for handling family violence issues in their roles.

Our Gender Equity Working Group identified real estate as a vital business setting for improving gender equity in Manningham. In this sector, there is often significant gender disparity amongst senior roles, and potential for gender bias to exist between agent-client interactions.
Yarra Valley Water funded the project that enabled agents to complete a series of online training, plus an in-person workshop to unpack the impacts of family violence and gender equality from an intersectional approach. 

Grateful for the opportunity to increase her awareness on the topic, participant Simone Bermingham said,

"I really enjoyed being part of the program. It was interesting to hear from all perspectives".

The course was developed and launched by the Real Estate Institute of Victoria in 2020, in response to the revised Residential Tenancy Act that introduced changes to the act around family violence.

This program is one of the practical ways that we’re working with our community to build our capacity to address gender-based violence. We’re proud of the below agencies commitment to reducing gender-based violence in Manningham.

  • Noel Jones 
  • Bill Schlink First National Real Estate 
  • Thompson Grant
  • Jellis Craig 
  • ASL Real Estate

The 16 Days of Activism campaign will run from 25 November to 10 December, raising awareness and calling for action towards preventing and ending all forms of gender-based violence. Find out more about the campaign.

How you can get involved in this year's campaign

Join the Walk Against Family Violence

Step out in orange and unite with thousands of people across Victoria to raise awareness and walk in solidarity with victim-survivors of domestic and family violence and violence against women.

 Friday 25 November
 11.30 am
Parliament House or walk in your local community.

Find out more


MoneyGirl seminar

A seminar to give young women the knowledge and confidence to take control of their money.

Wednesday 7 December
 6.00pm to 7.30pm

Book now


Elaine Pearson: Chasing Wrongs and Rights

An online event covering an interview between Claire Halliday and Elaine Pearson about Elaine’s new book. Elaine Pearson’s story will leave you understanding how much needs to change, and how individuals truly can make a difference. Content warning: this session will contain discussions of people trafficking, human rights abuses and domestic violence.

Thursday 8 December
 7.00pm to 8.00pm 

Book now


Margins to the Mainstream: 'Equality is' documentary screening

Watch this short documentary screening and then listen to the project experts share about how we can be effective allies and take action to prevent violence against women with disabilities. Places are limited, so register to secure your seat!

There are two session times available:

Thursday 1 December
11.00am to 12.30pm 
Realm, Ringwood

Register now


Thursday 8 December
1.00pm to 2.30 pm 
Mount Waverly Library 

Register now


If you, or someone you know, needs support

If you believe someone is in immediate danger, call 000 and ask for the police. For non-urgent support please contact:

  • Safe Steps Response Centre Victoria's 24/7 family violence response centre 1800 015 188
  • The Orange Door Supports adults, children, and young people 1800 319 355
  • 1800 RESPECT National 24/7 service 1800 737 732
  • EDVOS Specialist family violence service in the Eastern Region 9259 4200
  • Doncare Community Services Counselling/crisis support for women and children 9856 1500
  • Eastern Centre against Sexual Assault (ECASA) Support for victims of sexual assault 9870 7330
  • W/Respect LGBTIQA+ family violence service 1800 542 847
  • Men's Helpline free 24/7 support, referrals and counselling services for men via telephone, online and video 1300 789 978

For more information on 16 Days of Activism visit the Respect Victoria website.