Three Ararat Café are proudly supporting the 'Respect Women: Call it out' campaign from Respect Victoria this year, standing up to gender-based discrimination and violence.
Fred and Bets Café, Foragers Café and Sede Café have partnered with council to put Respect Victoria stickers on their takeaway coffee cups as a means to bring awareness of the campaign to the community.
Fred and Bet's Café owner Hannah Cunningham said the café got involved as they wanted to support the council in preventing family violence.
"We are always happy to help with any important messages that need to be relayed into the community," she said.
Owner of Sede Café Bishal Khanal said they have received a positive response from the community on their takeaway coffee cups featuring Respect Victoria stickers.
"The 16 Days of Activism campaign is a great initiative and one that brings awareness to the community," he said.
"I'm really pleased with the community's response about our involvement with the campaign - their support means a lot and has helped our business too.
"It's great to be part of a good cause and Council made it easy to get involved with the campaign, they even provided the stickers," he continued.
"I encourage all businesses in town to get involved - all businesses are different, but I hope they get involved in their own way. It's important to get our community thinking about and speaking more on the topic of gender-based discrimination.
"It's a great cause and I hope more businesses get involved next year."
Ararat Rural City Mayor, Cr Jo Armstrong said it's a Council priority to create a community that stands against family violence, as noted in the Municipal Health & Wellbeing Plan 2021-2025.
"It's the first year we've engaged businesses in the campaign, and we hope to see more of our business community participate next year," she said.
"Everybody has a right to a safe, equal and respectful future, regardless of their gender.
"To bring about change, we need to consciously 'unlearn' attitudes of bias, prejudice and intolerance that can destroy lives.
"These 16 Days of Activism serve to remind us that together, we must call it out, every day of the year."
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