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Talking With Kids About Respect this 16 Days of Activism

Women's Health in the South East 2 mins read
Children colouring at a wooden table

This 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the team at Women's Health in the South East (WHISE) are talking to children about respect and gender equality.

Teaching kids about respect and gender equality is essential for their personal and social development. It equips them with crucial life skills, fosters positive relationships, and contributes to a more compassionate society.

WHISE has collaborated with local designer, Nea Valdivia, to develop a children's activity toolkit. The illustrations promote inclusivity, diversity, respect and working together. 

The #16DAYS4KIDS toolkit includes colouring in sheets and supporting resources to spark conversations with children about the kind of community they want to be part of and offers opportunities for creativity and exploration of themes around respect. Educators, teachers, librarians, parents and the wider community are all getting involved!

During a recent visit to St Kilda & Balaclava Kindergarten, we talked about how we can be the same but different. 

As kindergarten teacher Steph asked the four-year-old group, "Do we all like doing the same sports?" there was a resounding "No" around the room and, as discussion continued, there was strong understanding and agreement that "it is OK that we all like different things".

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global campaign that runs annually from 25 November to 10 December. It is dedicated to raising awareness about the impact of violence, particularly on women.

Kit McMahon, CEO WHISE says, "Gender-based violence is a deeply rooted in gender inequality and sexism, as well as forms of oppression (racism, ableism, homo-trans and bi phobia). Awareness raising is the first step in the overall task of addressing violence against women and girls. Gendered violence is totally preventable. Australia and the world have a choice. A world without gendered violence is possible and this movement is about joint action to make this vision a reality."

WHISE staff will be visiting kindergartens in the region across the 16 Days of Activism campaign period.

Key Facts:

The 16 Days of Activism Campaign starts 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and concludes 10 December (Human Rights Day). These dates symbolically link violence against women with human rights issues.

Globally 1 in 3 women experience gender-based violence during their lifetime.


In Australia,


·         1 in 2 has experience sexual harassment

·         1 in 3 women experience physical violence

·         1 in 5 has experience sexual violence

Southern Metropolitan Region data: 

·         Up to 9.54 per 10,000 women have experienced stalking, harassment and threatening behaviours and up to 334 reports of stalking, harassment and threatening behaviours were logged by Vic Police

·         up to 139.51 per 10,000 women have experienced family violence and up to 3,935 reports of family violence were logged by Vic Police

·         Up to 92.84 per 10,000 women have experienced intimate partner violence and up to 2,641 reports of intimate partner violence were logged by Vic Police

·         Up to 18.62 per 10,000 women have experienced sexual violence and up to 346 reports of sexual violence were logged by Vic Police

About us:

WHISE is a leading health promotion and primary prevention organisation dedicated to improving women's health and wellbeing in the Southern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne. WHISE forms part of a network of Women’s Health Services across Victoria. Working in partnership with various stakeholders, WHISE advocates for gender equity, conducts research, delivers health promotion initiatives, and provides capacity-sharing support to enhance the delivery of women's health services. For more information, visit  

Contact details:

Dos Hetherington

Communications Lead, Women's Health in the South East


M: 0412 317 334


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