16 Days of Activism

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign that takes place each year. It commences on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, acknowledging that violence against women is the most pervasive breach of human rights worldwide.

Our focus for 2021 for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is “16 Days, 16 Ways”. We want to give you real, tangible things you can do every day over the next two-and-a-bit weeks to work towards ending gender-based violence here in Australia. Want to get ahead of the pack? View the 16 Ways you can help end gender-based violence now.

How can I get involved?

Aside from following our 16 Days, 16 Ways posts on social media, we’ve also got other ways to get involved.

Take our gender-based violence quiz

After huge popularity in 2020, we’re bringing back the gender-based violence quiz in 2021, with new questions to test your knowledge. Think you know the situation on gender-based violence in Australia? Test your knowledge with our quiz, then keep an eye on our socials over the next few weeks, learn more about gender-based violence, and test yourself at the end to see what you learned.

Sign our open letter

You can sign our open letter to current and aspiring politicians with the demands of what young women will be voting for action in the upcoming federal election. There are roughly 2.2 million young women and gender diverse people aged 18-30 in Australia – representing about 8.5% of the overall Australian population and over 10% of the eligible voting population.

Current and aspiring politicians need our vote – so here’s what we’re voting for. Add your voice to the demands for better action on issues important to young women.

Download our Advocacy Toolkit

Launched during the 2020 16 Days campaign, our Advocacy Toolkit is designed to help YOU successfully advocate on an issue that is important to you. It’s all our top tips on achieving real change – and it works! Here’s a testimonial from a CBF Member:

 “I used the Advocacy Toolkit to help organize my thoughts and approach before meeting with our local Federal member. It worked! I came out having built a rapport, got my key messages across AND was able to deliver consent workshops across her constituency in the new year. The Intersectional Feminist Advocacy Toolkit supported me to get real change in my community and if I can do it you can too.”

You can download the toolkit as a PDF or view it as individual web-based articles.

Become a Member

Becoming a member is the best way to get involved with the Y all year round. We have a wide range of member opportunities to get involved in our advocacy work – including member-only consultations with governments, attending national and international conferences, like the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and other members-only workshops. Best of all – it’s free!

16 Ways to End Gender-Based Violence

  1. Know what gender-based violence is
  2. Understand the facts
  3. Demand action on data
  4. Believe and support survivors
  5. Understand the intersections
  6. Prioritise safety in relationships. Know your red flags.
  7. Sign our open letter. Amplify the voices of young women, women and gender diverse people
  8. Know what support is available
  9. Challenge gender stereotypes
  10. Demand safe homes for survivors of gender-based violence
  11. Do something to end disrespect
  12. Promote women’s self-determination and decision making
  13. Support services that meet the needs of survivors of gender-based violence
  14. Be an Active Bystander
  15. Advocate for system’s change
  16. Recognise women’s rights are human rights