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.
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
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.
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.
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
Information and support for women with disabilities experiencing family violence
Victims of Crime
Information and support for male victims of violent crime
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.