16 Days of Activism – 8 more ways in which you can prevent gender-based violence, days 9-16

The 16 Days of Activism is a global initiative used to highlight ways in which we can prevent gender-based violence in our everyday lives and take action to prevent violence before it starts.

Check out our articles on the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls, and the first 8 days of ways you can get involved!

9. Learn about how gender is repressed in the media and challenge stereotypes. It is often implied that women’s value lies is in their youth, beauty and sexuality and not their capacity for leadership or intelligence. Men on the other hand are often led to believe that success lies in dominance, power and aggression.

This starts from a young age and is perpetuated by the media that we consume, from Instagram, and YouTube, to the news and shows we watch. This can limit an individual’s talent or natural ability.

This article on Gender and the Media explains exactly how this can affect young children and affect us into our adult lives.

10. Learn what victim blaming is and how to recognise it. Victim blaming is when we make the victim/survivor responsible instead of the perpetrator, eg what was she wearing, why was she walking there alone etc.

Instead, we should be asking  ‘Why were they violent?’

Check out this great video about how victim-blaming works.

11. Challenge the notions of rigid masculinity. Men who form a rigid attachment to traditional views of masculinity are more likely to demonstrate sexist attitudes and behaviours and use violence against women and even against themselves.

Support the men in your lives to see vulnerability and asking for help as a strength. Encourage them to be a healthier version of themselves.

Watch this excellent TED talk by actor Justin Baldoni, and how he is done being ‘man enough’.

12. Encourage or role model healthy masculinity. As a man show your friends it’s ok to struggle, show your vulnerability and reach out for help.

Do you know La Trobe has a Men’s Wellbeing Program that also supports Men’s Mental health? Find out more on our website!

Look at this video from Tomorrow Man on the ’emotional muscle’ and how to grow it.

13. Bystander Action – Unwanted Sexual Advances. Unwanted sexual advances are any type of unwelcome sexual behaviour which could be expected to make a person feel offended, humiliated, or intimidated. It can be physical, spoken or written. In our Bystander Action series, we look at some examples of what this looks like on campus, and how you can help stop it if you see it happen.  

14. Bystander Action – Inappropriate Physical Contact.  Inappropriate physical contact is any unwanted or unwelcome touch that makes the recipient feel uncomfortable, even if it seems harmless to you. Learn more about the specifics and how examples of what it looks like on campus.

15. Bystander Action – Technology facilitated abuse. Technology-facilitated abuse is where someone harms, harasses, blackmails, threatens, monitors, or impersonates another person via the continuous use of technology. This kind of abuse may occur between strangers, but it can also be alongside other types of abuse in domestic and family violence contexts. Technology is not the problem. The perpetrator/abuser’s behaviour is problematic. Read about what it is and what you can do to help stop it.

16. Go beyond 16 days. The 10th of December is International Human Rights Day. The 16 days of Activism concluded on this day to emphasise the fact violence against women and girls is a violation of human rights.

Please go beyond the 16 days and continue to support gender equality and challenge all forms of gender-based violence.

At La Trobe

At La Trobe, our Safer Community program is a free, confidential support service if you are experiencing concerning, threatening, inappropriate or uncomfortable behaviour. This can be witnessed or experienced both on and off-campus.

Visit the Safer Community website for more information.