Moorabool Councillors will hit the streets this Sunday clad in orange – as part of a campaign to end gender-based violence.

But in the wake of COVID19, this year’s ‘Walk with Her’ will be a COVID-safe affair – and it is up to individuals to choose their starting point and the route they walk, run, roll or stroll between 11am and noon on Sunday.

Cr Moira Berry will be taking to the track at Vance Moon Reserve.

“As a councillor I think it’s important that everybody ‘calls it out’ if they see what they suspect is gender-based violence,” she said.

“Get the authorities involved.

“If you’re unsure if something you have witnessed constitutes violence, just make the call anyway. It could be the circuit breaker for a woman who desperately needs help.

“Just remember that everyone is alive today because a woman gave birth them. 

“Give women respect.”

For Cr Tonia Dudzik, the ‘Walk for Her’ is deeply personal.

“I’ve spoken at the event – in its regular form – for the last two years, and I have described my experiences growing up with family violence,” she said.

“I would encourage women experiencing violence to call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) – and to leave a violent relationship and protect their children from family violence.

“Women and children deserve better.

“Do not stay allow yourself or your family members to be exposed to violence.”

The East Moorabool ward councillor represents the Council on the Moorabool Health and Wellbeing Committee.

If you would like to show your support, register here.

There are also 50 orange t-shirts and 70 bandannas available to Moorabool locals free of charge. People must register first, then email or phone 5366 7100 to complete their order.

Walkers can also share their photos on Facebook with the #WalkWithHer2020 hashtag.

🙋🙋‍♀️Cr Moria Berry and Cr Tonia Dudzik are walking against gender-based violence this Sunday. You can join them and…

Posted by Moorabool Shire Council on Thursday, November 26, 2020

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence is remembered around the world and takes in several key dates:

** November 25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

** November 29 – International Women Human Rights Defenders Day.

** December 5 – International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development.

** December 6 – Anniversary of the 1989 Montreal Massacre (see video below).

** December 10 – International Human Rights Day.

** If you are in need of support, call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).

Posted by 1800RESPECT on Wednesday, November 25, 2020

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