Mans­field takes ac­tion against vi­o­lence

Mansfield Courier - - Opinions/People -

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]­

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.

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