Mansfield takes action against violence
EVERYWHERE in Mansfield the 16 Days of Activism will remind people of respect for women and the prevention of violence, which is something all can contribute to.
“As part of the local 16 Days of Activism Against Genderbased Violence campaign, council’s social media, cafes, the cinema, the selfie-frame in the main street and a café conversation will all share the message about calling out disrespectful behaviour toward women,” Mansfield Shire mayor Marg Attley said.
“With council’s focus on a healthy, safe, inclusive and resilient community, we welcome all this activity and the questions the campaign is raising.
“I’d like to thank all the organisations, businesses and individuals that are making so many events possible during the 16 days.”
The campaign aims to bring men into the conversation about family violence and provide tools that everyone can use.
“We would like to keep the conversation going well after the campaign ends,” Cr Attley said.
Mansfield Shire Council is providing 10 local cafés with stickers with a local campaign message that will be appearing on take away coffee cup lids.
Mansfield Armchair Cinema will be including messages in trailers prior to each movie screening.
As people walk around the town centre, they can get involved with the selfie frame, and council will be sharing information and practical steps on actions you can take via their social media channels.
“People will get the message that they have a role to play,” Cr Attley said.
“The café conversation on December 11 with Professor
Brenda Happel will address the role of individuals, the community and local organisations in taking action towards the prevention of violence against women.
“This conversation will help us all to understand what we can do.
“It also marks the end of the 16 day campaign and will allow us to reflect and discuss our feelings, thoughts and future actions.”
The café conversation partners are Mansfield Shire Council, the Mansfield Hospital and the Mansfield Regional Produce Store.
To attend or for more information, please contact Genevieve De Santis at Mansfield Shire Council on 5775 8529 or [email protected]field.vic.gov.au.
You can also get involved by heading to the selfie-frame in the main street and sharing a photo to social media with the hashtags #callitout, #16daysofactivism, #RRRMansfield, and #respectstartswithme.
The ‘Respect women: Call it out’ campaign is partially funded by a $1500 grant from Respect Victoria through the Municipal Association of Victoria.