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16 Days of Activism 2022

What is 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign?

The United Nations 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is a global annual campaign dedicated to addressing gender inequalities and eradicating violence against women and girls around the world.

Each year the campaign begins on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25) and ends on International Human Rights Day (10 December).

In 2022 Safe + Equal and Respect Victoria are partnering to lead prevention.

The campaign is centred around the theme ‘Respect Women: Call it out (Respect is)’, encouraging people to call out sexism, sexual harassment and disrespectful behaviour.
(Safe + Equal)

Why orange?

Orange is the colour designated by the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign. As a bright and optimistic colour, orange symbolises a brighter future and a world free from violence against women and girls. You can read more about the background of the Orange the world: END VIOLENCE AGAISNT WOMEN NOW! Campaign here: UNiTE


For ideas on how you can get involved download our 16 Days of Activism Guide and social media tiles below to be part of the action to prevent gender based violence. 

Download 16 Days of Activism Guide

Download our Social Media Tiles

Walk Against Family Violence (WAFV)

For more than a decade, the annual Walk Against Family Violence has taken place in Melbourne’s CBD, gaining momentum and drawing larger crowds and increased interest from the community each year. The walk launches the 16 Days of Activism suite of activities and community initiatives, encouraging Victorians to stand up and speak out against family violence.

In 2022, Safe Steps will be hosting an in-person walk in the Melbourne CBD, with details to be shared on the WAFV website prior to the event. We encourage those that are attending in-person to register.

For those unable to attend the Melbourne metro event, we encourage you to stage your own ‘neighbourhood walk’ either by yourself or in groups on the same day. Walkers are encouraged to register for the walk and wear orange to raise awareness of family violence.

To register and for additional resources, visit the Safe Steps website.


Attend the Lived Experience Art Exhibition

To celebrate this year’s 16 Days of Activism the BAIFVC is hosting a Lived Experience Art Exhibition featuring fourteen women’s creative expressions of ‘Respect is’.

The exhibition is an opportunity to learn from victim-survivors and to show those in our community who have been impacted by violence, that they are not alone and that together we all have a role to play in ending violence against women.

We hope the exhibition ignites conversations within the Barwon community to join specialist services in preventing violence against women.

When: Tuesday 6 December 2022 – Friday 3 February 2023

Where: Geelong Library and Heritage Centre (the dome)

We encourage everyone to visit the exhibition and to share the event with your professional networks, on social media and with friends and family.

We thank Safe + Equal and Respect Victoria for the funding for this initiative, and the support from Deakin University, The City of Greater Geelong, Geelong Regional Libraries and the BAIFVC member organisations.

The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land we stand on. We are committed to working toward creating a community where all people indigenous and non-indigenous are safe, connected and empowered to live well. The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre recognises the diverse needs of our community and we ensure our services are inclusive of all children, young people and their families including those who are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, those who identify as LGBTIQ and persons living with disability. We work collaboratively with people and partner organisations who also support our diverse client group. Interpreter and translator services are available to all our clients upon request.

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