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Victoria Against Violence – 16 Days of Activism

24 November 2016

Yarra Council is supporting the 2016 Victoria Against Violence campaign which runs from 25 November to 10 December.

The 16-day, community-based, government-supported education and awareness initiative aims to bring together families, businesses, students, community centres and organisations across Victoria to end family and gender violence. It coincides with the United Nations 16 Days of Activism against gendered violence.

During the campaign, individuals, organisations and workplaces are being asked to be visible against violence by “going orange”. That means wearing orange, and “oranging” your home, neighbourhood, workplace, and sharing it using #OrangeDay.  As a bright and optimistic colour, orange is the UN designated (international) colour for the elimination of violence against women and girls.

There are also a range of other events happening including the illumination of iconic Melbourne buildings in orange, and the launch of the first–ever Victorian Gender Equality Strategy. The full event calendar for the 2016 Victoria Against Violence campaign can be found at www.vic.gov.au/victoriaagainstviolence 

Yarra is a leader in local government in championing and promoting diversity in the workplace. In September, Council launched its latest Gender Equity Strategy 2016 – 2021 which aims to shine a light on the key focus areas of change and to provide Yarra with a best practice approach to addressing gender inequality in the workplace.

Initiatives in this strategy include:

  • Appointment of female engineers into typically male dominated work areas in Yarra
  • Appointment of  female trainees to roles in Yarra’s Depot team
  • Increase in male staff taking primary carer parental leave,  which gives their partners the opportunity to return to the workforce
  • Yarra’s male champions of change led initiatives, including White Ribbon Day celebrations which will be held on 25 November

See Yarra’s Gender Equity Strategy 2016 – 2021 at http://www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/your-council/gender-equity-strategy-2016-2021/

 

 

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