SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council today (Tuesday, November 30) hosted a Walk Against Family Violence as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.

The campaign aims to raise awareness about gender inequity and to prevent violence before it starts.

The walk started outside Memorial Hall in Leongatha, then headed down both sides of McCartin and Bair Streets before returning to the hall.

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

It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organising strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

In support of this civil society initiative, the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign (UNiTE campaign) calls for global actions to increase awareness, galvanize advocacy efforts, and share knowledge and innovations.

The global theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is “Orange the world: End violence against women now!”