Unite and change during the 16 Days of Activism

Unite and change against gender-based violence.

That's the call as Wodonga Council endorses the United Nations' 16 Days of Activism to help raise awareness and shine a light on gender-based violenve in the community.

The campaign begins on Sunday, November 25 - the international day for Elimination of Violence against Women - and finishes on Monday, December 10 - Human Rights Day.

Throughout the 16-day period, the council will be hosting key events for the community, including Albury Wodonga says YES to Equality and Respect: Canapes and Conversation with Phil Cleary and a movie night at Wodonga Library.

Wodonga mayor Cr Anna Speedie said the prevention of violence against women and gender equity were fundamental to the community.

"Gender equality means that everyone feels valued, safe and respected and have the opportunities to be the best they can be," she said.

"The links between gender equity and violence is based on a lack of respect. That's why we need to educate people from a young age on the need for respect and work on breaking down barriers. This empowers everyone and leads to a more equitable society.

“The 16 Days of Activism campaign is a vital step towards raising awareness about the importance of gender equality and respectful relationships in preventing family violence.

“Ending violence is the responsibility of every one of us.”

Two Cities One Community initiative will host an evening with guest speaker Phil Cleary, who is a passionate advocate for gender equity.

Canapes and Conversations with Phil Cleary will be held on Friday, November 23 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at The Cube Wodonga.

Since the murder of his 25-year-old sister, Vicki, in 1987 Cleary has been at the forefront of the campaign to stop violence against women.

Cleary is active in speaking to football clubs, community groups and businesses on how they can play a role in ending violence against women. He will share his insights and thoughts on gender equity, the links to violence against women and the role we can all play.

To book your tickets visit wod.city/CanapesandConversation

Program available online.