Executive Summary

26 October 2022

The 16 Days of Activism Campaign is a global campaign launched by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) in 1991. The campaign has been used worldwide to call for the elimination of gender-based violence. It is run annually from 25-November (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to 10-December (International Human Rights Day).

The campaign is an opportunity for the community as well as organisations to generate conversations about gender equality and respect. The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign Participation Guide draws together examples from Champions of Change Members taking action, raising awareness of gender-based violence and participating in the campaign, providing ideas others may adopt or adapt.

Everything we do to continue to illuminate the issues of sexual harassment, the issues of inequality through our words and actions, tells the courageous people on the frontline that they are not alone, that we as leaders are actively taking steps – we are using our reach, our resources, our power and influence – to end discrimination.

Elizabeth Broderick AO – Champions of Change Convenor and Founder

of women in Australia aged over 15 have experienced sexual harassment at some point in their lives.¹
of women in Australia have experienced sexual harassment in their workplace in the last five years.¹
of women globally experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.²

Champions of Change Coalition collaborates closely with the many organisations leading and championing change in this area, including Challenge DV, Full Stop Australia, No to Violence, Our Watch, UNSW Gendered Violence Research Network and WESNET.

¹ Australian Human Rights Commission (2018), Everyone’s business: Fourth national survey on sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.
² UN Women, Women Count Data Hub, ‘Violence against women’, data.unwomen.org/data-portal

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