From the 25th of November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until 10th December, Human Rights Day – we focus on the prevention, education and resources available to the community and individuals regarding the prevention and treatment of gender based violence.

Explanation of what the 16 days is

– by Rebecca Burrows –

Today marks the first day of the UN Women 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

In support of this civil society initiative, under the leadership of the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign (UNiTE campaign) calls for global actions to increase awareness, galvanize advocacy efforts, and share knowledge and innovations. 

If you are experiencing domestic or family violence, or know someone who is, call 


(1800 737 732) 

or visit the 

1800RESPECT website

 (National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service for people living in Australia).

The theme this year is ‘Orange the World’ FUND, RESPOND, PREVENT, COLLECT.  NCJWA will be sharing information each day during this campaign to raise awareness around the key focus areas and to share ideas of how women and girls can access help and how we can take individual and collective action to improve.   We encourage you to get involved, share your thoughts and take action over these next 16 days and beyond.

You can read more information on the global campaign at the link below.