16 Days of Activism

16 Days of Activism is a worldwide gender-based campaign that aims to raise awareness and strengthen local interventions in violence against gender-based violence. The 16 days are from November 25 to December 10,  provides an opportunity for the community to band together to reject violence and encourage conversations about preventing violence.

You can join the activities across the Central Goldfields details below or downloadable program here(PDF, 2MB) :

Wednesday 25 November, 11am
Zonta Flowerbed Launch
Phillips Gardens, Maryborough

Zonta members will place an orange lady (representing victims of violence) at the specially planted flowerbed in Phillips Gardens to mark each day of the 16 days of activism.

Wednesday 25 November, 12pm
Gender and Disaster Pod Online Webinar

The effect of disaster on women, men and people with diverse gender and sexual identities is long-lasting and harmful.  The social impacts of COVDI-19 and bushfires are almost identical, with very few differences.

This panel will explore a wide range of topics relating to gender expectations and impacts during bushfires and COVID19.  Register here

Wednesday 25 November

The Walk Against Family Violence

Join the ‘Central Goldfields’ group for the Walk against family violence here

Help raise awareness of family violence against women in our community by doing a “walk from home”.  Wear something orange, a face mask, hat or t-shirt and go for a walk with a friend or others around the block or in the park.  

You can show your support for victim-survivors and help send a message across Victoria that family and domestic violence is never okay.

Wednesday 25 November - Thursday 10 December
Elephant in the Room

Maryborough District Health Service will host Ellie the Elephant in the foyer of the Maryborough hospital in order to raise awareness, provoke conversation, encourage action towards ending family violence and encourage those experiencing violence to seek support.

Wednesday 25 November - Thursday 10 December
Little People Display
Maryborough Resource Centre foyer (outside the Maryborough Library)

Collect a bag full of information about local and state-wide family violence and other support services from here and other locations including Maryborough District Health Service, Maryborough Community House, Dunolly Community House, the Hub, Goldfields Children’s Centre and more.

Thursday 26 November & Thursday 10 December
Zonta Orange Finger Nail Paint
Simpsons Bargain Shop, High Street, Maryborough

Show your support for 16 Days of Activism at this pop-up nail painting salon using orange, the UN colour for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Friday 27 November, 11am
Maryborough Library Storytime (3-5yrs)
Join the online reading here

Books for young people with non-gender stereotyping, and respectful relationship role-modelling and craft. 

Friday 27 November, 5pm
Street Art Workshop

Contact Penny 5461 0610 for further information

Local artist Reece Hendy will teach us how to make street art.  We’ve also got free street art kits for everyone who registers.

Tuesday 1 December, 2pm
Jess Hill Online Webinar
Register here

Jess Hill is an investigative journalist who has been writing about domestic violence since 2014.  Jess Hill's book, 'See What You Made Me Do' won the Stella Prize in 2020 and has been published in the UK and the US. The book is now being adapted into a 3-part series by Northern Pictures for SBS, and due to air next year.

Domestic abuse is a national emergency: one in four Australian women has experienced violence from a man she was intimate with. But too often we ask the wrong question: why didn’t she leave? We should be asking: why did he do it?

Zoom link to be sent to registered email prior to event.

Wednesday 9 December, 1pm - 3pm
Family Violence During COVID-19 Online Forum

For Central Goldfields Service Providers
Contact Sandra Roennfeldt at LCCLC on (03) 5445 0909 for registration details 

A panel of local Central Goldfields family violence support services discuss: What is family violence? How COVID19 has impacted upon family violence in the community? How we all work together to help people experiencing family violence?


We believe that everyone has a story to tell, and that these stories are important. Data is being collected all over the globe during the Covid-19 pandemic, and we want to ensure that the unique and diverse stories from the Loddon Mallee are captured. Women’s Health Loddon Mallee would like to invite women, men, and gender diverse people across our region to share their experiences, feelings, observations, struggles and successes during the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you would like to participate in this project by telling your story, please follow this link.


For those seeking help with family violence the Orange Door Network is now providing a free service for people of all ages and backgrounds across the Loddon region. They can also provide support to families in need of support with the care, wellbeing and development of children. This includes support for those who may be concerned about friends, family, neighbours or community members experiencing family violence. Here is their website for more information: https://orangedoor.vic.gov.au/