16 Days of Activism: Respect Women, ‘Call It Out’ (Respect Is)

At LaTrobe, we are committed to fostering a respectful, safe and inclusive learning and working environment for all students, staff, and visitors. As part of this work we are asking LaTrobe staff and students to take part in the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.

The campaign runs from November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day), acknowledging the right of all people to live a life free from violence.

Respect Women: Call It Out

This year, we join with Respect Victoria to showcase their campaign, Respect Women: ‘Call It Out’ (Respect Is).

Over the next few weeks, we will raise awareness about the main gendered drivers of violence. These include:

  • Rigid gender roles and stereotyped constructions of masculinity and femininity
  • Control by men in decision-making and limits to women’s independence in public life and relationships
  • Condoning of violence against women
  • Male peer relations that emphasise aggression and disrespect towards women

Keep an eye out on My La Trobe’s blog and social media channels to learn more about what we can all do including how you can have important discussions around respect with those around you to further understanding, understand how toxic masculinity plays its part, learn how to safely call out disrespect, understand intersectionality and many more.

Where can I find support?

Safer Community

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 Safer Community more information.

External Support

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual harm, domestic or family violence, contact 1800Respect on 1800 737 732 or at LaTrobe’s Safer Community team. In an emergency, call 000.

Get Involved

Show your support for La Trobe’s 16 Days of Activism campaign by signing up to our Bystander Intervention training and learn how you can safely call out disrespect when you see it.

If you are interested, please email Steph Walters to receive the upcoming training dates for 2023.

If you have questions or would like to know more please contact respect@latrobe.edu.au