November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the start of 16 days of action against gender-based violence.
Gender-based violence remains endemic with 1 in 3 women experiencing abuse in their lifetime.
Together, we can help change the story for women and girls.
Take action against gender-based violence
Chapters are encouraged to meet in support of the elimination of violence against women and take the following actions:
- Print out and display a poster to raise awareness of the day;
- Wear an item of orange clothing (the colour chosen by the UN to represent the day);
- Send a Chapter photo to email@example.com to be featured on social media; and
- Consider making a donation to support women and girls across the world to live free from violence via the UN Women Australia website.
Talking to students about gender-based violence
Teachers may choose to educate their class on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the effects of domestic violence. With the support of their Principal, members are encouraged to discuss the effects of domestic violence with high school students; professional judgement in the suitability of these discussions with younger students should be exercised.
Teachers are reminded that any student disclosures arising from the classroom discussions can be supported by school counsellors, chaplains, nurses or psychologists. Any relevant school policies regarding reporting requirements where students reveal abuse should also be adhered to.
Violence against women and girls remains one of the most widespread and devastating human rights violations in the world and it often goes unreported due to stigma and shame.
If you would like to learn more about the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, visit the UN Women website.
If you are concerned about yourself, a colleague or a student you can access 24-hour telephone counselling through any of these providers:
1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732
Lifeline: 13 11 14 or www.lifeline.org.au
Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800 or www.kidshelp.com.au