16 Days in 2023: events in Melbourne’s west

Tuesday 21 November 2023

White Ribbon Event for members of the Vietnamese community

Time: 10am to 2pm

Location: RecWest Footscray (YMCA), Cnr Essex and Market Streets, West Footscray.

Cost: Free, lunch, refreshments, gift bags, activities and entertainment provided!


Please join us for a day dedicated to raising awareness of family violence prevention and education in the Vietnamese community. Includes presentations on family violence education and prevention, a chance to learn about the 16 Days of Activism, and an information booth with experts to answer your questions.

Register: walkwithher2023.eventbrite.com.au

Organised by Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association

For more information, email Kim Thien Truong on kim.truong@avwa.org.au, or call (03) 7065 7420.

Sunday 26 November 2023

Walk with Her

Time: 10am for a 10:30am start

Location: Hannah Watts Park, 183-225 High Street, Melton, VIC 3337

Cost: Free


Come join us for Walk With Her, a heartwarming event where we walk together to support and empower women, and strive for a safer community.

Register: walkwithher2023.eventbrite.com.au

Organised by Western Health, Melton City Council, Zonta, Women Making it Happen.

For more information, email healthpromotion@wh.org.au or phone 0478 258 974.

Tuesday 28 November 2023

Unite for 16 Days of Activism

Time: 11.30am to 12:30am

Location: Wyndham Civic Centre, 45 Princes Hwy, Werribee, VIC 3030

Cost: Free


Show your support and raise your awareness of gender-based violence at this important event, where you will hear from Keynote Speaker Akuch Kuol Anyieth, an award-winning author, writer and academic researcher in crime, justice and legal studies.

The event will also showcase portraits of 16 community leaders representing every Community Centre in Wyndham, as a symbol of their support to the 16 Days of Activism Campaign.

Read more and register: wyndham.vic.gov.au/whats-on/unite-16-days-activism

Thursday 30 November 2023

Reframing Masculinity: Engaging Working Dads Through a Multicultural Lens

Time: 10:30am-12:30pm

Location: Djerring Flemington Hub, 25 Mt Alexander Rd, Flemington VIC 3031

Cost: Free


Join us in conversations on reframing masculinity through engaging multicultural working dads on care giving, gender transformative parenting and the way forward in dismantling gender stereotypes in care giving, starting with the workplace.

Register: Via the online form here.

Organised by MiCare and supported by the Preventing Violence Together Partnership and White Ribbon.

For more information, call Amina Liban on 0499 884 263

Thursday 30 November 2023

Identifying Family Violence: 3Rs Recognise, Respond, Refer

Time: 1:30pm-4:00pm

Location: Wyndham Civic Centre, 45 Princes Hwy, Werribee, VIC 3030 Cost: Free


As part of the 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence annual campaign, Wyndham Council is offering family violence training to the community to help strengthen the community response to this critical issue. Violence against women is the single biggest risk factor contributing to disease burden. The community plays an important role in supporting victim/survivors of family violence to seek help.

Delivered by GenWest, Identifying Family Violence: 3Rs is an evidence-based survivor-centred specialist training that addresses:

  • The drivers of violence against women and children
  • The link between gender inequality and family violence
  • How to identify family violence, respond in trauma-informed ways to victim-survivors, and find family violence services for support and referral
  • And how to engage in conversations that challenge community attitudes that reinforce gender inequality and violence

This training session would particularly suit community leaders, faith leaders, sports club leaders, and those who play an active role in leading and managing community groups and activities.

Register: wyndham.vic.gov.au/whats-on/identifying-family-violence-3rs-recognise-respond-refer

Tuesday 5 December

Fair Ground! The power of sports for safety and inclusion

Time: 6pm

Location: Djerring Flemington Hub, 25 Mt Alexander Rd, Flemington VIC 3031

Cost: Free


To mark the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, we’re shining a spotlight on the power of sports to be a space of inclusion and safety for all in Moonee Valley.  Everyone deserves to feel they are safe and welcome in any space they enter. This extends to our community sports spaces. We share a vision of increasing the participation and genuine inclusion of girls, women and gender diverse people in Moonee Valley sports spaces.

Join Moonee Valley City Council, cohealth, sports inclusion advocates, local sports clubs, and members of the Moonee Valley Family Violence Network for an evening of food, connection, learning, and workshopping how we can make visions a reality!

Register: events.humanitix.com/fair-ground-the-power-of-sports-to-create-safety-and-inclusion

If you have any questions re this event or seek further information please contact: Laura Coady, Community Safety Officer, Moonee Valley City Council: communitysafety@mvcc.vic.gov.au or call 9243 1022

Wednesday 6 November 2023

Awareness and Prevention of Violence Against Women with Disabilities

Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Online

Cost: Free


In recognition of the 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence campaign and International Day of People with Disability, this training session will provide a general overview of Prevention of Violence Against Women with Disabilities. The session brings research, fact and lived experience together and will be delivered by Women with Disabilities Victoria. 

Register: events.humanitix.com/awareness-and-prevention-of-violence-against-women-with-disabilities

Saturday 25 November 2023

16 Days of Activism 2023 Community Portraits

Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Various Community Centre’s (see link for for more detail)

Cost: Free


A portrait project for this year’s annual international campaign to end gendered violence.

In keeping with this year’s theme to “Unite!”, every Community Centre in Wyndham has nominated a local leader for the campaign. Their shared platform demonstrates that our community is united to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls.

Read more: wyndham.vic.gov.au/whats-on/16-days-activism-2023-community-portraits