16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence

Melton City Council is proud to be supporting the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence campaign again in 2023, an international campaign that aims to strengthen action to end violence against women and girls around the world.  

16 Days of Activism starts on 25 November, coinciding with International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ends on 10 December, which marks Human Rights Day.  

Join us for the many local and non-local activities planned for this year’s 16 Days of Activism Campaign. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing or is at risk of experiencing family violence, please call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit the 1800RESPECT website . 

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger please call 000. 

2023 Events 

Annual Walk Against Family Violence 

When: Friday 24 November
Time: 11am
Where: Parliament House Melbourne, Spring Street, East Melbourne 

The annual Walk Against Family Violence will return to Melbourne on Friday 24 November, marking the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence in 2023. Thousands of Victorians will come together to stand in solidarity with victim survivors and walk towards a future where every woman is safe, equal, and respected.  

For more information visit: Walk Against Family Violence 2023 | Respect Victoria 


Orange Lady Campaign 

When: Friday 24 November – Sunday 10 December
Where:Melton Library & Learning Hub, Caroline Springs Library & Learning Hub, Kurunjang Community Hub, Bridge Road Children’s and Community Centre, Fraser Rise Children’s and Community Centre, Stevenson House and Melton South Community Centre.

16 orange ladies will be dotted around the Melton and Caroline Springs Libraries to spread awareness of the 16 Days of Activism campaign. Our orange ladies at the libraries will be surrounded by a display of books on issues around gender equality or family violence.


Walk with Her 

When: Sunday 26 November
Time:  10am – 12pm
Where: Hannah Watts Park, High Street, Melton 

Lace up your sneakers and get ready to walk together to kick start the 16 Days of Activism. This in-person event aims to create a safer, more respectful, and equal community, and raise awareness of the prevalence, impacts and severity of family violence. Walk With Her is a free community event and will include a range of activities and giveaways, a BBQ lunch and special guests. The 2km walking track is low impact, low incline and suitable for most fitness levels. 

Register on EventBrite 


Author Talk with Danielle Scrimshaw 

When: Friday 8 December
Time:  5pm – 6pm
Where: Caroline Springs Library 

In support of the 16 Days of Activism campaign join Melton City Libraries to hear from writer Danielle Scrimshaw. Danielle’s debut book ‘She and Her Pretty Friend’ released this year looks at the history of lesbian and bisexual women in Australia. She will discuss the activism in documenting queer history as well as the original activists involved in the movement. 

Registration via the Libraries website 


UNITE! Activism to end violence against women and girls 

When: Sunday 10 December
Where:Reynolds Place Cricket Ground, 22A Reynolds Pl, Melton South

Celebrate the last day of 16 Days of Activism with the Zonta Club of Melton Inc and the Melton Centrals Women’s Cricket team on Sunday 10 December! Please wear orange at the event as it symbolises a brighter future, free from violence against women and girls. Refreshments will be provided as we watch and encourage our women cricket teams play!