16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global campaign dedicated to raising awareness about the impact of violence, particularly on women.

The campaign starts 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and concludes 10 December (Human Rights Day).


WHISE is committed to 16 Days of Activism and this year aligned our campaign with the Respect Victoria campaign "Call It Out: Respect is..." and the Women's Health East campaign focused on disability, "Margins to the Mainstream."

We shared several posts on WHISE's Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Youtube profiles over the course of the 16 Days.

As part of 16 Days, some of the WHISE team participated in the Walk Against Violence from Parliament House to Melbourne Museum to raise awareness and contribute to a community where everyone is safe, equal and respected.

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Picture of 3 WHISE staff members dressed in orange at the Parliament House steps in Melbourne to attend the Walk Against Family Violence.

At the end of 16 Days of Activism 2022, the team at WHISE reflected on the campaign and what 'Respect Is...' to us.

16 Days of Activism Forum

WHISE, in partnership with Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV), held an online forum on 24 November 2022 to bring together partners to build and deepen understanding of the underlying and intersecting drivers of violence and take action to promote gender and disability equality for women and girls with lived experience of disabilities.  

WDV presented “Changing The Landscape”, a national resource to prevent violence against women and girls with disabilities. This resource incorporates both the evidence-base as well as a framework for action.  

Women's Health in the East’s “Margins to the Mainstream” project was unveiled. A 16 Days of Activism social media toolkit, co-designed by women with lived experience of disabilities. Participants were encouraged to use these materials for their 16 Days activities.  

Orange graphic banner that reads: "16 Days of Activism Forum: Women with Disabilities Victoria and PRET Partnership