Coffee campaign addresses violence against women

Horsham Rural City Council has partnered with the city’s cafes for the 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence campaign.

Cafe Jas, Cafe Red Cherry, Cheeky Fox, Laneway Cafe and The Fig Tree Café will use takeaway coffee cups featuring the ‘Call It Out’ logo which aims to start conversations about the prevention of violence against women.

The 16 Days Campaign runs from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) until 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

The focus of this year’s campaign is bystander action through Respect Victoria’s Respect Women: Call it Out campaign.

Gender-based violence includes all forms of violence against people based on their gender, however it is most often used in reference to men’s violence against women.

This campaign encourages people to intervene when they witness sexual harassment and gender inequality – drivers that can lead to family violence and violence against women.

In Australia, on average, one woman is murdered by a current or former partner each week, and one in four women have experienced sexual harassment. Violence against women and their children costs Australia $22 billion each year.

As a member of the CoRE (Communities of Respect and Equality) Alliance, Horsham Rural City Council is committed to creating a safe, equal and respectful community that supports the prevention of (or is free from) violence against women and children.

1800 RESPECT is the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service available 24/7.

If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, help is available. If you believe someone is in immediate danger call Triple Zero (000) and ask for the police.

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