16 Days events in the west

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28 October – 2 December 

Event name: Be a role model. Step Up. Speak Out. Respect women. Art installation.

Location: Melton Amphitheatre, 323 High St, Melton and Caroline Springs Library, 193 Caroline Springs Boulevard, Caroline Springs.

About: Be a role model. Step Up. Speak Out. Respect women. Is an art installation on the steps at the Melton Amphitheatre and Caroline Springs Boulevard, to remind community members of the role they have to play in preventing violence against women. No bookings required. Open to the public 24/7.

24 November

Event name: Walk With Her

Location: Maddingley Park, 16 Taverner St, Maddingley, Bacchus Marsh

Time and date: 10:00am-1:00pm, Sunday 24 Novemeber

About: Join the Women Making it Happen as they lead the 2019 Walk With Her Moorabool event to create a safer, more respectful and equal community.

More information here.

Event name: Fab Fems in their Field: Wonder Women

Location: Melton Library and Learning Hub, 31 McKenzie Street, Melton VIC 3337

Time and date: 2:00pm, Sunday 24 November.

About: Fab Fems in their Field: Wonder Women showcases amazing women who are reaching success in traditionally male dominated industries.

  • Mischa Merz: Australian boxing champion, author of two boxing memoirs and owns gym.
  • Donna Hensler: film producer who lectures at Melbourne University, runs workshops for women who are survivors of child abuse.
  • Carolyn Pethick: Served 30 years with Victoria Police, author of ‘To hell and back – a police woman’s story’. She is an advocate for speaking up against discriminative treatment.

Bookings essential via librarybookings@melton.vic.gov.au

25 November

Event name: ASPIRE Exhibit launch followed by the Walk Against Family Violence

Location: Braybrook Library, 107-139 Churchill Avenue Braybrook 3019

Time and date: 9:00am Aspire Exhibit Launch. Leaving for the Walk Against Family Violence at 11am from Braybrook Library.

About: Join us to launch the ASPIRE exhibit and help us mark the first day of 16 Days of Activism on the International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women. This exhibit is a collection of photographs by women who have experienced family violence, or supported other women experiencing violence.

Attendees are also encouraged to join us for the Walk Against Family Violence starting at Fed Square from 12pm-1:30pm. Support can be provided for transport but places are limited.

More information here.

26 November

Event name: 16 Days of Activism with author Jess Hill – Melton City Council

Location: Melton Community Hall, 232 High St Melton

Time and date: 11:30am, Tuesday 26th November

About: Jess Hill is a Walkley Award winning journalist and author, who uses extensive research to talk about why some men can be violent.

Come to this insightful all-genders event to learn about why domestic abuse happens, the role of shame, and how we can move away from victim-blaming.

This event is followed by a catered lunch.

For further information and to register please contact: Sarah Grace at sarahgr@melton.vic.gov.au


Event name: 16 Days Activist Film Screening – Charlie’s Angels

Location: Village Cinema Werribee, Cnr Heaths & Derrimut Rds, Werribee VIC 3030

Time and date: 6:30pm – 10:00pm, Tuesday 26th November

About: Wyndham City in recognition of the 16 Days Activist Challenge invites all participating Activists to a free screening of the film Charlie’s Angels (2019).

Panel members will guide a thought-provoking discussion around gender bias in movies. Everyone who is registered for the 16 Days Activist Challenge is welcome to come along and to bring a friend, with a limit of 2 tickets per registration.

All guests will be treated to popcorn and a drink and a range of resources that align with the 16 Days Activist Challenge.

If you’d like to attend the film, make sure you also register yourself for the 16 Days Activist Challenge here.

Be quick, space is limited! Bookings are essential, please book here.

28 November 

Event name: “A fundamentally flawed love story” performance and panel discussion

Location: Kindred Studios, 3 Harris St, Yarraville VIC 3013

Time and date: 6pm doors open. 6:30pm performance. 7:30pm panel discussion.

About: “A fundamentally flawed love story” is an original musical theatre piece that tells the love story of a migrant couple, from initial romance to eventual domestic violence.

The piece aims to focus on the prevention of gendered violence by highlighting the ‘red flags’ that lead to an abusive relationship. It is created by immigrants for immigrants, with diverse team members from different cultural backgrounds. It will be presented in various art forms including songs, dances, poems and video.

The performance will be followed by a panel discussion.

Tickets are free. Please book here.

29 November 

Event name: 16 Days of Activism @ Big Bang (Be a Sports Activist)

Location: RecWest Braybrook, 39 Lily St, Braybrook VIC 3019

Time and date: , 4:00PM-6:00pm, Friday 29 November.

About: Maribyrnong Youth Services program; Big Bang sports and rec is running an informative, fun and interactive evening for young people. The event will explore the challenges and impacts that gender based inequalities have on women’s participation in sports and recreation.

Come and join in on our quiz, hear from guest speakers and get involved with some active games with prizes to be won.

More information here.

1 December – 31 December

Event name: R.E.S.P.E.C.T Exhibition 

Location: Moor Art Space, Lerderderg Library, 215 Main St, Bacchus Marsh

This exhibition will be held from December 1 – 31 and seeks to highlight the need for and ways of strengthening positive, equal and respectful relationships between and among women and men,
girls and boys. The R.E.S.P.E.C.T theme aims to create opportunities for each artist to showcase positive and respectful relationships through their art.

4 December 

Event name:  “Do you walk alone?” – A conversation with Clementine Ford

Location: The Clocktower Centre, Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039

Time and date: 6:00 – 8:30pm, 4 December.

About: Moonee Valley is a safe area. To shine a light on safety in our community during 16 days of activism, Moonee Valley City Council is partnering with cohealth to host “Do you walk alone?”, a conversation with Clementine Ford to discuss some of the concerns our community are having and ways in which we can resolve them. We will be using open space technology to allow participants create their own agenda of working sessions around a central theme of safety at night.

Join us at this free event. Refreshments are provided. Bookings are essential, please book here.

5 December 

Event name: A conversation on #MeToo: Stories from the Australian movement

Location: Footscray Library, 56 Paisley St, Footscray VIC 3011

Time and date: 6:00pm-7:30pm, 5 December.

About: An author’s talk will be hosted at Footscray Library with contributors of the #MeToo Stories from the Australian Movement Anthology. The collection of writing by 35 Australian women provides a commentary on the MeToo hashtag that went viral in October 2018 and the impact this has had on women from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

A panel discussion led by Maggie Scott, one of the editors will explore the challenges and opportunities of the #MeToo movement in the Australian context joined by writers and contributors to the anthology, Eugenia Flynn, Sylvie Leber and Ruby Pivet.

Tickets are free. Please book here.

Event name: R.E.S.P.E.C.T Exhibition  Opening Event

Location: Moor Art Space, 215 Main St, Bacchus Marsh

Time and date: 6:30pm-8:00pm, 5 December.

About: Join us for light nibbles and refreshments as we officially celebrate the opening of the R.E.S.P.E.C.T Exhibition. The exhibition seeks to highlight the need for and ways of
strengthening positive, equal and respectful relationships between and among women and men, girls and boys. The R.E.S.P.E.C.T theme aims to create opportunities for each artist to showcase positive and respectful relationships through their art.

Tickets are free. Please RSVP by Monday December 2 by contacting HealthPromotion@djhs.org.au

10 December 

Event name: Lunch time yoga

Location: Queens Park, Kellaway Avenue, Moonee Ponds, VIC 3039

Time and date: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

About: Join us for some FREE self-care as we take a moment to reflect on the 16 days of activism.

Activism is hard work. To acknowledge the end of the 16 days campaign, please join us at the sound stage in Queens Park for a FREE yoga class.

Please BYO yoga mat, exercise clothes, towel and water bottle.

Tickets are free. Please book here.