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16 Days of Activism, new national plan and IDEVAW Event

The new National Plan to End Violence Against Women Women and Children 2022-2032 has recently been released. The plan is a ‘shared vision’ from both national and state and territory governments.

A statement from victim-survivors which starts the plan reads

It is time to transform our pain into action.

There can be no more excuses – that it is too hard, we don’t know what to do, it’s too complex.

It is everyone’s responsibility to end the perpetration of violence against women and children, and all victims of gendered violence.

National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Girls 2022-2032, p. 8.

At the same time, planning for the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence is underway.

Starting on 25 November and running until 10 December, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence brings people from around the globe together to use this time especially to organise, call and advocate for the prevention and eradication of gender-based violence. This year’s theme is, “UNITE! Activism to end violence against women and girls”. 

The campaign begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and this year, the Office for Justice, Ecology and Peace will run an online event, prioritising the voices of people with lived experience and promoting the Bishops Social Justice Statement. More information will be released in the coming weeks.

25 November
3-5pm AEDT 
Register for the event here:

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s Office for Justice, Ecology and Peace is running an online event on the Internatonal Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.


Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans creates resources, reflections, prayers and events for the 16 days of activism. 

Stay up to date with this year’s plans at their website:

UN Women

UN Women have put together a concept note including up to date statistics and a background on this year’s theme and UNiTE campaign. The UNiTE campaign is working to activate global networks, governments, schools, universities, workplaces in order to curb the greatest human rights abuse in the world – violence against women (UN Concept Note). A woman or girl is killed by someone in their own family every 11 minutes (UN Concept Note). 

For more information,

Concept note
Social Media campaign