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Natasha Stott Despoja to launch campaign to end violence against women in Casey


Natasha Stott Despoja AO will help launch the City of Casey’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign at a virtual event on Wednesday 25 November - book now.

The 16 Days of Activism aims to raise awareness of violence against women, with the core theme of this year’s campaign ‘Respect Women: Call it Out’, a state-wide theme being rolled out across Victoria.

The Founding Chair of Our Watch, Natasha was also recently elected to the United Nations committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, making her the first Australian member in more than 30 years.

Between 2013-2016, she served as Australia’s Global Ambassador for Women and Girls; responsible for the promotion of women’s economic empowerment, women’s leadership, and the reduction of violence against women and girls. In 2018, she was named as one of the Top 100 Global Influencers on Gender Policy. 

City of Casey Chief Executive Officer Glenn Patterson said Council was proud and excited to welcome Ms Stott Despoja to its virtual event next week.

“The City of Casey is committed to creating a community that is equal for all, and working with community groups and other levels of government to put an end to gender-based violence,” Mr Patterson said. 

“Natasha’s keynote is sure to be thought provoking and ignite some meaningful conversations among guests, who will be able to learn from her wealth of experience in this area.

“This really is an event not to be missed.”

Natasha’s keynote speech will be accompanied by a presentation from the South East Community Links (SECL), who will be highlighting their work within our multicultural communities in Casey. 

Research conducted by Our Watch shows that violence often spikes in times of disasters, further reinstating the importance of this campaign in 2020. 

As part of the campaign, the City of Casey will host and promote events for both the public and Council staff, including a virtual children’s story time that promotes inclusion, and an eye-opening webinar focusing on men and boys promoting healthier masculinities, called Manhood, Men, Mates and Me: Exploring Healthier Masculinities. Find out more here.

See below for a list of key dates and events being run as part of the 16 Days campaign:

  • Wednesday 25 November: 16 Days of Activism launch with Natasha Stott Despoja AO
  • Wednesday 25 November: Dads Matter Virtual Forum with Guest Speaker Dr Michael Carr Gregg. Register here
  • Tuesday 1 December: HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
  • Wednesday 2 December: Manhood, Men, Mates and Me: Exploring Healthier Masculinities webinar 
  • Wednesday 2 December: International Day for Persons with a Disability 
  • Thursday 3 December: Love IS NOT Abusive, an online seminar  on dowry abuse hosted by Wellsprings for Women. To register, click here.
  • Friday 4 December: Virtual storytime with Casey Cardinia Libraries at 10.00 am. More details to come!
  • Tuesday 10 December: Men, Migration, Gender and Violence Against Women from 10.00 am - 12.00 pm, hosted by Wellsprings for Women. Register here! 
  • Tuesday 10 December: Human Rights Awareness Day & final day of the 16 Days of Activism campaign

Additionally, Casey's Youth Services Team will be sharing and encouraging the voices of young people in Casey with messages related to preventing violence against women. Visit their Instagram page to join the conversation. 

The Casey community are encouraged to attend as many events as they can during the campaign. 16 Days will kick off with the main event on 25 November at 1.00 pm with Natasha Stott Despoja, so make sure you get in quick to register your spot.

For further details on the above, stay tuned to the City of Casey Facebook page.

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