16 Days of Activism


From left, Chief Financial Officer Kim Jaensch, CEO Phil Cantillon,
Director Community Development Dr Gillian Kay and
Director Infrastructure and Operations Cam Arullanantham showing
their support for 16DoA in 2019.

16 Days of Activism (16DoA) is an annual United Nations campaign to challenge violence against women and girls.

16DoA begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November) and ends on International Human Rights Day (10 December).

In 2021, Council is again proud to join Respect Victoria and DV Victoria in recognising 16DoA,      with the theme: 'Respect is...'

Council will be hosting a variety of FREE engagement activities to promote Frankston City as a safe and inclusive community. 


2021 activities

  • FrankTALK with Jess Hill
    29 November, online, bookings essential
    Tune in to a live Zoom with one of Australia’s leading investigative journalists and writer of SBS docuseries See What You Made Me Do
    Bookings opening soon.

    Something for the bookworms
    Our wonderful Frankston City Libraries staff has also handpicked a selection of 16DoA inspired titles, exploring the issue of gender equality, activism and gender based violence suitable for all age groups.

    16DoA reading list

    Picks for kids

    • Hope : a book to help children build resilience and assist those recovering from and/or living in a family violence situations / by Jayneen Sanders, illustrated by Vivian Mineker
    • All about diversity / Felicity Brooks
    • ABC what can she be? : girls can be anything they want to be, from A to Z / by Sugar Snap Studio
    • At the end of Holyrood Lane / Dimity Powell & Nicky Johnston
    • Ada Twist, scientist / by Andrea Beaty ; illustrated by David Roberts
    • Malala's magic pencilTough guys (have feelings too) / Keith Negley
    • The paper bag princess / Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko
    • Somebody cares : a guide for kids who have experienced neglect / by Susan Farber Straus, PhD, illustrated by Claire Keay

    Young Adult Reading List

    • A thousand perfect notes / C.G. Drews
    • Still Life with Tornadoes /A. S. King
    • Bitter End / Jennifer Brown
    • Luna / Julie Anne Peters
    • Code name Verity / Elizabeth Wein.
    • How to Make Friends With the Dark [electronic resource] / Kathleen Glasgow
    • I'll give you the sun / Judy Nelson
    • I am Malala : how one girl who stood up for education and changed the world / Malala Yousafzai ; with Patricia McCormick.


    • The secret life of bees / Sue Monk Kidd
    • Daughter of the river country / Dianne O'Brien with Sue Williams.
    • Fury : women write about sex, power and violence / edited by Samantha Trenoweth.
    • Guilt, shame, and anxiety : understanding and overcoming negative emotions / Peter R. Breggin, MD
    • Heart of violence : why people harm each other / Paul Valent
    • Her say : survivors of domestic abuse tell their own stories / [edited by] Jackie Clark and The Aunties, with Sonia Yoshioka Braid
    • Look what you made me do: fathers who kill / Megan Norris
    • See what you made me do: power, control and domestic violence / Jess Hill
    • Believing: our thirty-year journey to end gender violence / Anita Hill
    • Far from the tree : a dozen kinds of love / Andrew Solomon

  • Love Shouldn’t Hurt community presentation (women-only event)
    30 November, 10–10.45am, online, FREE, bookings essential

    15 minute presentation followed by Q&A. Join us to listen to experts from the Peninsula Community Legal Centre talk about gender-based violence in relationships and what to look out for when your relationship doesn’t feel right.

    To book, please phone Karingal PLACE Neighbourhood Centre: 8786 6650. Bookings open Monday 25 October and close Friday 19 November 2021.

  • Local Business Champions Kits
    Supporting local businesses to participate in 16 Days of Activism with a promotional tool kit, including coffee stamps, window decals and flyers to help spread the message.

    To register your business or for more information please email: business@frankston.vic.gov.au 

  • Walking 16 K’s in 16 Days – Steps for Respect
    Respecting Seniors Network in partnership with Zonta Melbourne South East and Zonta Mornington Peninsula are leading a walking campaign against ageism, sexism and violence throughout the 16 Days. The Network is encouraging everyone to aim to walk at least 16 K’s in 16 Days to raise awareness of older victims of family violence. Walkers are encouraged to log their steps on an online 'community pedometer', to indicate the total distance covered by participants across Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula. Selfie frames will also be installed along popular walking routes and digital versions will be available for download on the Respecting Seniors Network website, so make sure to post your support as you walk! Keep an eye on the website for more information on how to get involved. 
  • #CookingWithOrange
    All members of the community are invited to create a dish or drink with orange as the key colour or ingredient and share an image on Facebook @FrankstonSouthCommunityCentre

    Why the colour orange? As a bright and optimistic colour, orange represents hope and a future free from violence against women and girls.

    Make sure to include #Frankston16DoA #16DoA #CookingWithOrange

  • #ColourMeOrange

    Young people aged 15–24 are invited to show their support by creating and sharing their 'Respect Is...' themed art or craft and incorporating the colour orange. Share your amazing creations with us on Instagram @frankstonyouthservice 

    Make sure to include #Frankston16DoA #16DoA #ColourMeOrange

  • Local sport goes orange for a good cause
    Council will support local sporting clubs to participate in raising awareness by hosting dedicated ‘16 Days of Activism Rounds’ and encouraging players and supporters to wear orange on game days during the campaign period.

    Would your club like to get involved? Registration opens soon, keep an eye on the website for more information.

  • Frankston Arts Centre
    Key messages from the campaign centered around ‘Respect Is’ will be projected onto the Frankston Arts Centre, located in Davey Street, Frankston.

Previous activities



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 neighborhoods.


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.

Support services

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

Provides confidential information, counselling and information for people experiencing family violence and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week online or phone 1800 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

Information and support for women from migrant and refugee communities

Information and support for young people aged 10–25 years

More information on 16 Days of Activism.