16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence

The 16 days of Activism against Gender-based Violence is an annual international campaign which was initiated by the Women's Global Leadership Institute in 1991. Since then, over 2000 organisations in 154 countries have participated in the campaign. The campaign commences each year on the 25 November - the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - and concludes on 10 December - International Human Rights Day. 

FVPLS Victoria supports the #16Days campaign each year, calling on the community to stand with us and take action on violence against Aboriginal women and children. This year, we are asking for your support of our campaign 'I AM NOT THE PROBLEM'. 

Whenever Aboriginal women are spoken about in the dominant culture or mainstream media, we are always framed as deserving of the family violence we experience. We are not the problem, we have the solutions. Hear what we say.

Support the campaign by sharing it through your social media and follow the full campaign through FVPLS Victoria's Facebook page.

 

FVPLS Victoria's Solutions to addressing Family Violence

Tackling the issue of family violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women can seem overwhelming, particularly given the intersectional nature and vastness of the issue. However, solutions to prevent violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women exist. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their communities are the key to creating change.

FVPLS Victoria is not a gender specific service, however more than 93% of our clients are women and children. FVPLS Victoria has worked alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women for 15 years and we are respected for expertise and cultural safety. We operate across Victoria, in both metropolitan and regional settings.

FVPLS Victoria stands firm with our communities to end violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Our communities have the solutions to prevent family violence and their voices must be heard:

1. Amplifying our voices and leadership;
2. Promoting healthy relationships;
3. Strong culture, strong identity;
4. Investing in our services;
5. Breaking down barriers: Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations;
6. Addressing systemic failures through policy and advocacy;
7. Increasing cultural awareness in the mainstream sector; and
8. Avoiding child removal: strengthening our families.

Read more about FVPLS Victoria's Solutions to addressing Family Violence.

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