Will you accept the challenge?

It’s time for action to end violence against women and their children.

The Line invites you to show the world there is #NoExcuse4Violence. Together, we can create an Australia that’s free from violence.

Around the country, thousands of people have participated in activities for the United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, which runs from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November 2015) to International Human Rights Day (10 December 2015). But the efforts to end violence need to happen every day of the year.

We know HOW to prevent violence against women; Our Watch’s Change the story—the world’s first national framework for preventing violence against women and their children—shows us how. Now, we must turn words into action.

What's the challenge?

To build a more respectful, equal and safe world, and to change the story that currently ends in violence and disrespect towards women, young people need positive role models.

Australia’s young people need their role models and leaders to say there is no excuse for violence; and to take action to stop sexism, harassment and disrespect towards women.

The Line’s Ambassadors Luke Ablett, Jo Stanley, Marcus Bontempelli and Patrick Dangerfield have accepted the challenge. The Line's youth ambassadors have accepted the challenge.

They now want YOU to accept the challenge and spread the word to as many people as possible.

The challenge: Take a selfie and share it!

  1. Take a selfie with the message There's no excuse for violence written on your skin (e.g. your hand) or on a card.
  2. Upload the photo to your social media channels (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn) using the hashtag #NoExcuse4Violence
  3. Share the photo and the challenge with your friends, team-mates and family, with the following message: I believe there is #NoExcuse4Violence, do you? Accept the challenge at www.theline.org.au & spread the word

All photos using the hashtag #NoExcuse4Violence will appear here on this page (scroll down), and will show that the vast majority of Australians think violence and disrespect is not OK. 

Actions you can take every day

There are actions we can all take to promote respect and equality, and build a world that's free of violence.

  1. Understand the signs of violence, such as control and intimidation.
  2. Remember: there is no excuse for violence. And you can't undo violence
  3. Speak up against violence, disrespect, sexism and harassment if it’s safe to do so.
  4. Model respect and equality in your own relationships.
  5. If a friend, colleague or team-mate is about to cross the line, say something to them. Or at the very least, don’t laugh at their sexist jokes. Or walk away. More tips here.
  6. Promote male and female role models who are succeeding in non-traditional careers.
  7. Don’t reinforce gender stereotypes. Ask yourself: would I say the same thing to her if she was a boy (or to him if he was a girl)?
  8. Tell others about how they can safely take action; how they can get support if they experience violence, sexism or harassment; or how they can get help to change their behaviour. 

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