16 Days of Activism 2021
'Orange the World: End Violence Against Women!'
The Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre is celebrating 16 Days of Activism from Thursday November 25 to Friday December 10. 16 Days of Activism begins on November 25 with International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on December 10 with International Human Rights Day.
Please join us for a number of Centre events by registering below.
26 November, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Holding nations to account for gender-based violence against women: CEDAW and 16 days of Activism
The Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre in partnership with the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre are thrilled to host Natasha Stott Despoja AO on 26th November 2021 to deliver a keynote on gender based violence to coincide with the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women. In 2021 Natasha was appointed to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Violence against Women (CEDAW). Following Natasha's keynote, she will join a panel of Monash violence against women scholars to explore current challenges and commitments to ending violence against women in Australia, across the region and globally.
The Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre in partnership with Full Stop Australia are hosting a panel of young people to discuss all things consent and respectful relationships education. Join Chanel Contos, the founder of Teach Us Consent, Renata Field (DV NSW and Prosper Project Australia/Rainbow Families), Sam Watson (LGBTQIA+ survivor advocate) and Katrina Marson (Senior prosecutor ACT Director of Public Prosecutions and Churchill Fellow) to unpack what it is, why it’s important and what it should look like in schools.
7 December, 10:00am - 11:00am
Exploring the misidentification of women victim-survivors of family violence as 'predominant aggressors' in Australia
Speakers: Dr Ellen Reeves (Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre), Professor Heather Douglas (Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne), Matt Addison (University of Melbourne), Ela Stewart (inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence) and Ashlee Donohue (CEO Mudgin-Gal Aboriginal Women’s Centre, Redfern).
Summary: Over the last two years, the misidentification of women victim-survivors as family violence 'predominant aggressors' has been heralded as a key point of contention in the ongoing debate on the potential criminalisation of coercive control in Australia, but what is 'misidentification'? This event will host an informed discussion on the issue of misidentification, looking at the systems in which misidentification occurs, who is most at risk of misidentification, and what role, if any, policy and law reform can play in better protecting victim-survivors who are at risk of being misidentified.
As part of our Safe and Equal @ Work program the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre will host a virtual panel during the 16 days of activism to focus on women’s safety and equality in the workplace. The event will provide an opportunity for key Australian leaders to reflect on the need to improve women’s safety in the workplace and the importance of advancing our progress towards achieving gender equality, particularly in light of the gendered impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are delighted to confirm that the panel will be facilitated by our Centre Director Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon and will feature the Victorian Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner Nikki Vincent and Our Watch CEO Patty Kinnersly. Additional panellists to be confirmed, watch this space!