Get involved in the 16 Days of Activism

Gender-based violence is a global crisis. It is one of the most pervasive human rights violations, worldwide, affecting more than 1 in 3 women.

There are protesters with signs and text that reads "End violence against women now!". The image is orange and was created by UN Women.

16 Days of Activism is an annual campaign for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. It runs for 16 days from November 25 to December 10.

This year’s theme is “UNiTE! ACTIVISM TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN & GIRLS!” It encourages every person to be an activist in preventing and eliminating gender-based violence. Find out more about the 16 Days of Activism here.

We have created this list of ways you can get involved in the 16 Days of Activism to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls. It won’t happen overnight, but together we can unite to end gender-based violence.

1. Wear orange and take a stand publicly

Wear orange for the 16 Days of Activism to start a conversation with family, friends, community, school or your workplace. The colour orange represents a brighter future, free from violence against women and girls so let’s #OrangeTheWorld together. 

DVConnect team members wearing orange for the 16 Days of Activism. They are smiling and doing a selfie.

2. Give what you can to help eliminate violence

Make a donation to DVConnect during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence.

DVConnect supports people in Queensland to live free from domestic, family and sexual violence. We provide state-wide, 24/7 response services through our Womensline, Mensline and Sexual Assault Helplines. Give what you can here.

3. Learn how you to support the people you care about

Download the free Be there app to learn how to effectively and safely intervene in situations where you are witness to domestic or family violence.

The Be there app has tips and resources for how to help someone who you think, or know, is experiencing abuse in their relationship. Download the app today

4. Listen to and amplify the voices of survivors and other experts

Share content from survivors such as news articles, podcasts, books or petitions (be sure to act ethically and not cause harm).

You can also share social media posts from domestic violence and sexual assault services like ours. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

5. Educate yourself on intersectionality

Learn about the intersecting oppressions faced by women and girls who come from diverse cultural backgrounds, have disability, identify as LGBTQ+, and more. Find out more on the Our Watch website.  

There are many different ways to get involved in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. This list is a start. Thank you for playing a role.

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How your donation will help

  • Provides operational support to fund our bridging accommodation residence Bella's Sanctuary.
  • Provides emergency transport and accommodation for Queenslanders in crisis due to domestic and family violence.
  • Provides safety planning, crisis counselling and information to those impacted by domestic and family violence.
  • Educates Queenslanders on how to help family, friends and colleagues who have experienced, or are experiencing domestic and family violence.