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Published Friday 16 November 2018
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Mitchell Shire stands up for equality

Mitchell Shire Council will put its hand up for 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, a global campaign to raise awareness about violence against women and the severe impacts it has on our community.

The campaign will begin on Sunday 25 November as part of White Ribbon Day which is part of a global movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women.

Mitchell Shire has a higher rate of family violence than all of the councils located in and around Melbourne. The family violence rate is almost double the Victorian average.

The Shire will shine a light on the issues around gender violence, working with key stakeholders, agencies and community to ignite change through advocacy.

Mitchell Shire is committed to ensuring that people of all genders are actively supported to access and enjoy the same rights, resources and opportunities within the region through the municipality’s social justice framework.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Rhonda Sanderson said the 16 Days of Activism campaign was an important step toward achieving equality for all.

“We are taking action against gender violence to unite our community together, so everyone can feel safe in Mitchell Shire,” she said.

“We hope to inspire positive change in the long-term through this campaign which begins on White Ribbon Day. If we begin moving in the same direction, we can turn things around and get better.

“Gender equality is achieved when people of all genders are able to access and enjoy the same rewards, resources and opportunities regardless of whether they are a woman or a man.”

Local government has a key role to play in creating a socially just, inclusive and sustainable community.

The Mitchell Shire Council Social Justice Framework 2017-2021 affirms Council’s human rights obligations under the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act and actions Council’s mission ‘Working with our communities to build a great quality of life’.

The Framework was developed through extensive research and consultation with key stakeholders. Six social justice principles underpin the Framework–participation, advocacy, empowerment, equity, access and diversity.

The Mitchell Shire 16 Days of Activism campaign will run from Sunday 25 November until Monday 10 December.