Tell us your Bystander Action stories for 16 Days of Activism

La Trobe University is proud to take part in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – an annual, global campaign asking you to call out gender-based disrespect.

The 16 Days of Activism take place between two important worldwide human rights days:

Each year LaTrobe University joins the 16 Days of Activism campaign where we facilitate conversations, education initiatives and activities towards a safe and violence-free community for all staff and students.

Bystander Action

Calling out disrespect is also known as ‘bystander action’. Any of us can be bystanders and can exist anywhere that social interactions take place where we hear, see or become aware of harmful behaviour.

If you would like to learn more about how to be an active bystander and how to do so safely, please add your name to our Bystander Training EOI form.

Tell us how you ‘call it out’

We want to hear from you! We are asking for submissions for a physical art display and social media pieces, showcasing stories depicting the many ways students and staff from the La Trobe community ‘call out’ disrespect.

You may consider the following factors when deciding if this is suitable:

  • Intervened when you have witnessed disrespectful behaviour
  • Have witnessed an incident and wanted to step in, but were not sure what to say at the time
  • You have seen someone else intervene, and this experience stayed with you as an effective way to speak up and send a clear message that gender-based discrimination, harassment and abuse is not okay.
  • Witnessed at the football events, in a lecture theatre, or at a university event.

Stories will be de-identified and can be anonymous. Please only submit stories that are appropriate for all ages.

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Should you need any further support, please reach out to our Health, Wellbeing and Inclusion team