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Published on 17 November 2022

16 Days of Activism in Onkaparinga

The community is invited to take part in a series of events(PDF, 2MB)  across Onkaparinga from Friday 25 November, as part of a global campaign against gender-based violence.

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.

Coordinated internationally by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, it’s used as an organising strategy by individuals and organisations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

Organisations across the Onkaparinga, including council, are hosting events throughout the 16 days, with the community-driven local program supported by collaboration between council, the Department of Human Services, ZONTA, Spirit of Woman, Southern Domestic Violence Action Group, the Southern Football League, Christies Beach High School and other community focussed services in the south.

Each year more than one woman a week is murdered in Australia by a partner or former partner. The Onkaparinga 16 Days program is a chance to show your support for a fantastic cause and learn how to move from awareness to action towards ending violence against women and children.

Download the entire program here(PDF, 2MB) (which kicks off with Spirit of Woman’s launch of its third Place of Courage Ripple art space in Seaford), keep up to date with events and discussion on the program Facebook page, and check out some of the program highlights below.

You can also get involved by:

  • sharing information about what you’re doing during the 16 Days to prevent and end domestic violence (DV)
  • tying an orange ribbon on your letterbox and taking a photo to share a message about why you want to end DV
  • sharing information about the 16 Days program and having a conversation with someone about why we must all work together to prevent and end DV
  • wearing orange (the international colour for the Say No to Violence Against Women campaign)
  • calling into your local children’s centre, library or community centre to create a butter­fly to add to their 1000 Butter­ies for Non-Violence display.

Day one – Friday 25 November

From 4–7pm at the Seaford Community Centre, Spirit of Woman will launch their next Place of Courage—a public art space designed to acknowledge the impact of domestic violence, initiate conversations about how we can prevent and end DV, and provide safe space to re­flect, grieve, connect, and heal. A no-cost BBQ and entertainment will be available, all welcome.

Day three – Sunday 27 November

Calling all men and the community to stand up together and march down Beach Road in the Men’s March Clothesline Project at Christies Beach, showing support for those affected by domestic violence. The march will end at Rotary Park where the community’s invited to join the Clothesline Project to create messages of support on T-shirts. Free BBQ, guest speakers and interactive stalls. Meet at Market Square next to Coles for the march at 1:30pm.

A women’s choir performance will also be held at the Old Noarlunga Institute Hall from 1–3pm as part of an initiative providing women affected by DV an opportunity to safely come together, performing for community and regaining their confidence.

Day four – Monday 28 November

An art showcase will be on display at Colonnades Shopping Centre, thanks to a partnership between Christies Beach High School and Spirit of Woman to create awareness of gendered and family violence through the medium of art. These pieces will be showcased at the Clothesline Project event, and then afterwards in Colonnades.

Day five – Tuesday 29 November

The Hon Katrine Hildyard MP has arranged a gathering of South Australian politicians and community on the steps of Parliament House in Adelaide. Head along and gather in unity to contemplate the effects of domestic violence in the community, and to recognise how we can work together to create a safer state. Parliament House will be lit up orange in acknowledgement of victims of gender-based violence.

Day six – Wednesday 30 November

Local bakeries will be doing their bit to raise awareness, with Espy Bakehouse and CJ’S Bakery (Christies Beach), Becks Bakehouse (Port Noarlunga), Bradley’s Bakery (Moana Heights and Christie Downs), Pasadena Foodland, Home Grain Bakery (Aldinga and McLaren Flat) and Seaford Homestyle Bakery all selling orange donuts and other sweet treats.

Day seven – Thursday 1 December

Attend a screening of award-winning Australian documentary film Brazen Hussies at Noarlunga Library from 6–8pm. Watch how a daring and diverse group of women joined forces to defy the status quo, demand equality and create profound social change. The film will be followed by a discussion of issues, thoughts, and actions with some special guests. Facilitated by Kate Simpson. Bubbles and nibbles available. Suitable for adults.

Day 16 – Saturday 10 December

Experience a Twilight Vigil at Port Noarlunga Jetty from 8pm. Each year more than one woman a week is murdered in Australia by a partner or former partner. Come along to pay your respects. Candles will be lit to remember and refl­ect on those no longer with us. No-cost BBQ, no bookings required.

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