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Photo: Gippsland Lakes Community Health

Walk to Change the Story

Walk to Change the Story

Photo: Gippsland Lakes Community Health

Activism in Gippsland about gender-based violence

16 days of Activism against gender-based violence begins on Monday.

In Australia and around the world, women and children continue to suffer abuse from male family members and partners. The '16 days of Activism' worldwide movement calls for the elimination of gender-based violence.

The 16 Days is a United Nations campaign that runs from 25 November, International Day for the elimination of violence against women, through to 10 December, International Human Rights Day.

Events are happening around Gippsland during the 16 days including a Walk to Change the Story in Bairnsdale this Wednesday, organised by Gippsland Lakes Community Health.

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It will start and finish at Bairnsdale Primary School #754, and will feature guest speakers and local organisations, businesses, schools, community groups and individuals to showcasing what they are doing to help prevent violence against women and children.

One of the organisations taking part is Bairnsdale Regional Health Service which says:

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates that 1 in 6 Australian women have been subjected to physical and/or sexual violence by their partner.

In this community, the local rate of family violence is 50 percent higher than the Victorian average.

Despite seismic cultural shifts, women and children are still vulnerable to family violence.

That’s not okay.

Read the full story by Bairnsdale Regional Health Service HERE.

In Latrobe City there will be a Community March on Wednesday 4 December at Kernot Lake in Morwell, commencing at 11.30am.

The Latrobe City municipality has the highest rates of police attendance at family violence incidents – rates three times the Victorian state average.

Latrobe City Council said:

We have it has commitment to addressing the high rates of violence against women in our community through addressing the key drives of that violence. Violence against women starts with sexist and disrespectful attitudes and behaviour. We all have a role to play in calling out disrespect when we see it.

There will be a free BBQ lunch after the march on 4 December.

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