16 Days of Activism


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Phil Cleary

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Frankston City Council recognises that violence is preventable and is everyone’s business and as such, participates every year in the United Nations 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) until 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

Council is proud to join Respect Victoria and Safe and Equal in celebrating this year’s campaign theme of ‘Respect Is...’ with a variety of FREE community activities to promote Frankston City as a safe, respectful and inclusive community.

2022 Activities

Launch Event – Community Presentation with footy legend Phil Cleary

Friday 25 November, 1pm to 2:30pm at Frankston Football Club

To celebrate the launch of this year’s 16 Days campaign, Frankston City Council is proud to host a free community presentation with anti-violence campaigner and former footy legend Phil Cleary on understanding the root causes of violence and how everyone can help stop it before it starts.

Bookings are essential, click here to reserve your free ticket.

‘Love Shouldn’t Hurt’ Presentation & Morning Tea (Women-Only Event)

Tuesday 29 November, 9:30am – 10:30am

Join us with experts from the Peninsula Community Legal on why “Love Shouldn't Hurt” and what to look out for when your relationship doesn’t feel right. Learn how family violence can come in many forms and is not always about physical abuse.

This event will be facilitated discussion with Q+A followed by morning tea with access to support and resources for women.

To book, please call Karingal PLACE Neighbourhood Centre on 03 8786 6650

Bookings open Monday 7 November & close Monday 28 November 2022. 

FrankTALK with Jane Gilmore: Teaching Consent

Thursday 1 December, 7pm – 8pm at Carrum Downs Library

As part of Frankston City Council’s 16 Days of Activism program, join writer and interviewer Claire Halliday as she explores an important conversation with Jane Gilmore at this live event. Teaching Consent tells the stories of children, teens, teachers, and educators in consent and respectful relationship classes.

Jane Gilmore also led the ‘Fixed It’ campaign, in 2014 as a response to the way the media reports on men’s violence against women. In 2019, her insights into men’s violence, women’s (mis)representation and the media were published in her debut book, Fixed It.

Bookings are essential, click here to book your free ticket. 

Strong Sisters Sports Festival

Saturday 10 December, 12pm – 4pm at Belvedere Reserve (Oval 1)

The inspiring Strong Women documentary and its Strong Sisters Sports Festival initiative aim to motivate women and girls to reach their fullest potential by engaging in physical activity and strengthening their bodies and mind.

Scientific evidence suggests being part of a sporting activity improves health & well-being however, 2 out of 5 women are holding themselves back from playing sport because they feel embarrassed or intimidated (VicHealth).

To help empower women and girls to participate in sport, Council is hosting a
FREE COME & TRY DAY with Strong Sisters Sports Festival with a variety of activities from local and state sports organisations:

  • Cricket Victoria
  • AFLW
  • Frankston Football Club
  • Football Victoria
  • Bayside Gymnastics
  • PARC
  • Frankston Raiders
  • Reclink Australia
  • Frankston Hockey Club
  • Carrum Downs Cricket Club
  • Carrum Downs Tennis Club
  • Frankston Archery Club and lots more!

Local students who attend the event will receive a $10 voucher to take back to their school to go towards sporting equipment from Knight Sports.

This event is open to all with a focus on engaging with mothers (mother figures) and daughters, creating a pathway to ongoing participation in a local sport or activity.

For more information, please email recreation@frankston.vic.gov.au.

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Previous activities

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Learn more about how we have supported 16DoA in previous years.


Walking 16 K’s in 16 Days – Steps for Respect
Respecting Seniors Network in partnership with Zonta Melbourne South East and Zonta Mornington Peninsula led a walking campaign against:

  • ageism
  • sexism
  • violence.

The Network encouraging participants to walk at least 16 K’s in 16 Days to raise awareness of older survivors of family violence.

Key messages from the campaign centered around ‘Respect Is’ were projected onto the Frankston Arts Centre during the week.

Cooking & Craft Workshops
Community members were invited to participate in the campaign by creating food dishes and or craft with orange as the key colour or ingredient and share an image on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtags #Frankston16DoA #16DoA #CookingWithOrange

Respect is.... L2P Program
In partnership with Women’s Health in the South East, Council worked with L2P mentor drivers to strengthen their knowledge and understanding around factors that contribute to gender-based violence and explore appropriate ways to respond to disclosures from learner drivers.

For more information about our L2P program please visit the VicRoads website.


FrankTALK with Ruth Claire
Award winning author of the acclaimed memoir, ‘Enemy’ and passionate advocate for the rights of women and children and a speaker on domestic violence. Ruth is open, inspiring, entertaining and believes honest discussion about the things that hurt us can be the beginning of real change.

Watch the FrankTALK here

Local Business ‘Respect Victoria’ Kits
Council partnered with local businesses and cafes by providing them with a ‘Respect Campaign kit’ containing stamps for take away coffee cups, containers and sandwich bags with the ‘Respect Women, Call It Out’ message, as well as bookmarks with support service contacts and posters to create awareness and encourage conversations about respect in the community.

Youth Crafting Against Gender-Based Violence
Frankston Youth Services had at least 8 young people involved in the campaign by decorating their homes and gardens orange over the 16 Days campaign to spread the Respect messaging in their local neighbourhoods.


Community Event: 45 Shoes – Call It Out For Her
An installation of 45 shoes to represent the women who have tragically lost their lives to violence in Australia this year. The event provides an opportunity to reflect on the impact of violence against women and how we can all play a role to stop this from happening by calling out sexism, sexual harassment and disrespect towards women in our everyday lives.


Community Presentation: Jax Jacki Brown on gender & intersectionality
The purpose of this event was to raise awareness of the diverse experiences of gender inequality through the exploration of intersectionality, with a focus on disability and LGBTQI and how society can construct multiple forms of discrimination experienced across the life course. Jax Jacki Brown provided a powerful insight into the reasons why society needs to change, rather than people with disabilities. 

Orange ‘ribbon bombing’ Activity — Zonta Melbourne South
Zonta bombed trees in the following locations with orange ribbons to raise awareness of gendered violence, and encouraged the community to take a ‘selfie’ hugging the tree (‘hug a tree’) and post on social media with the listed hashtags: Wells Street Plaza; Shannon Street Mall; and Davey Street out the front of the council build and Frankston Arts Centre.


Celebrating female participation and leadership in sports
The council hosted an event for local sporting clubs at the Frankston Yacht Club on ‘female participation and leadership in sports’. The focus of this campaign was to challenge social cultures and behaviours around female participation in sport by celebrating the achievements of local women. The guest speakers included:

  • Sarah Hosking from Carlton Football Club, AFLW, who played in the inaugural match of the Women’s AFL Premier League and has a strong message for young women to follow their passion.

  • Meaghan Densely, Commodore of Frankston Yacht Club, who was the first female and youngest person to become a Commodore of a yacht club in Australia, and spoke to the influence of sports clubs on building young people’s leadership skills.

  • Students from Frankston High School spoke about their project on gender stereotypes, and showcased the experiences of one of its female students who has a promising cricketing career ahead of her, and who spent her childhood playing in ‘boys’ teams.

WHISE coffee cups campaign
Council worked in partnership with WHISE and the Frankston Mornington Peninsula Family Violence Network to deliver disposable coffee cups to local cafes, promoting the campaign’s key messages.


One Million Stars to End Violence
In 2016 the council collaborated with Vicinity, the retail asset management company, to host star weaving workshops at Bayside Shopping Centre in support of the One Million Stars to End Violence campaign. The focus of this campaign locally was to raise awareness within the community of the relationship between gender inequality and gendered (family) violence. Local cafes were also supported to distribute campaign coffee cups designed by WHISE

Gender Equity Storytime
Frankston City Libraries and all kindergarten’s located in Council-owned facilities were invited to participate in a Gender Equity Storytime during the 16DoA. The libraries and kindergartens each received a copy of Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole, a post of the UN Convention of Rights of the Child, frog stickers for the children to be handed out as part of the craft activity and a poster from the Let’s Stop at the Start campaign.


FMP Clothesline Project
In 2015 the council joined forces with the Frankston Mornington Peninsula Family Violence Network to launch the FMP Clothesline Project at Cube 37, with a guest presentation by Rosie Batty.

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Support services

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If you or a loved one is experiencing family violence, there are a number of support services available:

Service Description 
1800 RESPECT Provides confidential information, counselling and information for people experiencing family violence and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week online or by phone1800 737 732.
The Orange Door Frankston CBD service location (Wells St) provides information and case management support for anyone of any age experiencing family violence. 
Men's Referral Service Information for men at risk of using violence.
Sexual Assault Crisis Line Information and support for people who have experienced past recent assault.
Safe Steps Information and support for women with disabilities experiencing family violence.
Victims of Crime
Information and support for male victims of violent crime.
Rainbow Door
Information and support for same-sex attracted and gender diverse people.
Culturally safe family violence and legal advice for aboriginal communities.
Seniors Rights Victoria Information and support for older people experiencing elder abuse.
InTouch Information and support for women from migrant and refugee communities.
Information and support for young people aged 10–25 years.

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Local business champions kits

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Council supports local businesses to participate in 16 Days of Activism and help spread the message. Businesses are provided with a promotional tool kit including:

  •  coffee stamps
  • window decals  
  • flyers.

The following local businesses currently participate in 16DoA:

Local business Location 
 Eeny Meeny 96 Young St, Frankston
Nature Bar Café
4 Wells St, Frankston
Flourish Café
44 Norman Ave, Frankston South
Little Olly's
Oliver’s Hill Carpark, Frankston South
Ducky Brown Gateway
230 Cranbourne Rd, Langwarrin
Momentum Café
Shop S013 - Karingal Hub
Coffee For the People Roasting Co.
37 Armstrongs Rd, Seaford
Frankies Coffee & Eats
Ballarto Rd, Carrum Downs
Sandbox Café
75 Sandhurst Boulevard

Please email us at  business@frankston.vic.gov.au  for more information or to find out how your local business can get involved. 

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Reading list

Visit the Frankston City Libraries website to find a selection of books suitable for all ages which explore issue such as:  

  • gender equality
  • activism  
  • gender based violence.

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More information

Visit the UN Women website or contact us for more information about 16 Days of Activism.  

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