16 Days of Activism Statement

Aboriginal Women’s Consultation Network and
Indigenous Women’s Legal Program

25th November 2016 – 11th December 2016

This is a statement by the Aboriginal Women’s Consultation Network and Indigenous Women’s Legal Program of WLS for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. This campaign runs from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.

1. Domestic and family violence is not acceptable as Aboriginal people. This is not our Culture.

2. Violence against our own mothers, sisters, aunties, grandmothers, children and babies is NOT OK.

3. Being courageous within your own families and communities. Say no to violence.

4. Speak up Brothers and Sisters. Speak up. Be Loud. We will not be silenced. Say No to Violence.

5. Aboriginal women are the oldest living race of women in the world. Our strengths & resilience cannot be undermined.

6. Freedom from violence is a fundamental human right.

7. If you are experiencing violence – there is someone that you can talk to confidentially.

8. We expect a safe, and respectful response from Police. Their role is to keep communities & individuals safe.

9. Hospital staff to give non- judgemental health care in line with their policies.

10. Australian Courts and Magistrates offer the  current lawful response to Domestic Violence.

11. AVO’s must be obeyed. Domestic Violence is a Crime. Break the AVO and you will do Time.

12. Grog and drugs are not an excuse for Violence against women.

13. Self-care: Your health & wellbeing is important. Take time to be kind to yourself everyday e.g. coffee with a good friend/family member, a stroll in park, sit in a moment of quietness.

14. Our Children, Our future: We are the most  valuable people in our kids lives, lets make decisions that show they are worth it.

15. Our Aboriginal lives should matter most importantly to Ourselves. Say No to Domestic Violence.

16. Caring, Sharing & Respect: Our fundamental Values as Aboriginal People

Caring: is enough to stand up and say Domestic Violence is not acceptable

Sharing: Good yarns in our Communities of how we can maintain a community free from Domestic Violence.

Respect: We are all valuable and can contribute to the kind of community we live in.

Download: 16 Days of Activism Statement

For further information and to speak confidentially:

1800RESPECT: a National Sexual Assault, Domestic, Family Violence Counselling Helpline
Information and Support, 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week
1800 737 732

Indigenous Women’s Legal Contact Line: call for legal help
1800 639 784

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