16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence 2023

This 16 Days of Activism and beyond, let's change the story and create a future where we are all safe, equal and respected.
A crowd of people wearing orange caps stand on the steps of Parliament House, Melbourne, listening to speeches at the 2022 Walk Against Family Violence.

We all deserve to be safe, equal and respected. But on average, a woman in Australia is killed by a man they know every 10 days. It doesn't have to be this way. 

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is a global campaign led annually by UN Women. It runs every year from 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day).  

During the 16 Days of Activism, communities around the world join the call to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls. 

Read on to see how you and your organisation can get involved in the 16 Days of Activism in Victoria.

Walk Against Family Violence 2023

On Friday 24 November, join thousands of Victorians for the 15th annual Walk Against Family Violence

Join the Facebook event for the latest updates, and walk or wheel together to help create a future where we are all safe, equal and respected. 

Bring 16 Days of Activism to your community 

Bring the 16 Days of Activism to your local council, workplace, sports club or other community group, and help change the culture that drives violence against women. The resources below are designed to support your community's involvement in the 16 Days of Activism and ongoing efforts to create a future where we are all safe, equal and respected. 

 

Toolkit

The toolkit includes information and resources on violence against women, how to host 16 Days of Activism events in your community, social media messaging, responding to disclosures, and preparing for backlash. 

We have also pulled the same information out, into two task-focused toolkits: "16 Days in Your Community" and "Responding to Disclosures and Preparing for Backlash".

Full toolkit

16 Days of Activism 2023 toolkit (PDF, 10.49 MB)

16 Days of Activism 2023 toolkit (Word, 93.38 KB)

16 Days in Your Community toolkit

This toolkit contains information to help you coordinate events and activities in your community. The content is also in the full toolkit. 

16 Days of Activism in Your Community toolkit (PDF, 9.16 MB)

16 Days of Activism in Your Community toolkit (Word, 63.81 KB)

Responding to Disclosures and Preparing for Backlash toolkit

This toolkit contains information to help you prepare for any disclosures from victim survivors, and backlash from community members. The content is also in the full toolkit.

Responding to Disclosures and Preparing for Backlash toolkit (PDF, 4.54 MB)

Responding to Disclosures and Preparing for Backlash toolkit (Word, 40.62 KB)

Join 16 Days of Activism events and activities

The Victorian Government, through Respect Victoria and Safe and Equal, is supporting local councils, statewide and regional women’s health services and their prevention partnerships to run events and activities across the state during the 16 Days of Activism.  

Visit Safe and Equal’s 16 Days of Activism page to:

  • add your public event to the community calendar  
  • register for free online webinars and workshops to support your planning and activities
  • see examples of previous innovative and inspired grassroots activities. 

Be part of the conversation

Follow Respect Victoria on social media, share posts using #16Days and #16DaysOfActivism and tag us:

Facebook – @RespectVictoria 
Twitter/X – @Respect__Vic 
Instagram – @respectvictoria 
LinkedIn – Respect Victoria 

Join our mailing list to get updates about the campaign and learn more about preventing violence against women. 

Support pathways

If you are experiencing family violence, concerned for your safety, or in an emergency situation please call 000 for urgent police assistance.  

If you need support or advice, please reach out to a recommended specialist support service.