16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

What is 16 Days of Activism?

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global campaign dedicated to raising awareness about the impact of violence, particularly on women.

The campaign starts 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and concludes 10 December (Human Rights Day). These dates symbolically link violence against women with human rights issues.

Gender-based violence is a deeply rooted in gender inequality and sexism, as well as forms of oppression ( racism, ableism, homo-trans and bi phobia).

Awareness raising is the first step in the overall task of addressing violence against women and girls. Gendered violence is totally preventable. Australia and the world have a choice. A world without gendered violence is possible and this movement is about joint action to make this vision a reality.

The Facts

Globally 1 in 3 women experience gender-based violence during their lifetime.

In Australia,

  • 1 in 2 has experience sexual harassment
  • 1 in 3 women experience physical violence
  • 1 in 5 has experience sexual violence

Past Campaigns