The 16 Days of Activism to Eliminate Violence Against Women (EVAW) is an annual international campaign calling for the elimination of violence against women and girls.
Why are so many people wearing orange?
Women are recognising the 16 days between 25 November (UN day for elimination of violence against women) and 10 December (UN Human Rights Day) to show respect and take action in their own communities. This year, 2022, the theme is Femicide – when women and girls die. There are reasons women die early – from family and domestic violence to neglect and restriction of one’s rights to basic goods and services. Over the years, family violence is evidenced in different things (coercive control) and reported to authorities in more ways. In Australia, more is being done to proactively intervene. (39 women were killed by intimate partners in 45 weeks to 11 Nov 2022). In Queensland and Victoria, the new Women’s Safety Reforms also prevent the high numbers we witnessed in the past.
Across the Asia-Pacific, COVID impacted to the extent we called violence against women the shadow pandemic, because females became more vulnerable and are still experiencing financial hardship.
It's an impossible choice – poverty or violence – especially for mothers and carers. Violence may manifest from cultural misogyny or just a lack of skills to manage stress and anger. So, there is a lot we can do longer-term but, in the meantime, if you witness someone in danger, please shout out, step-up or report. You can stop condoning this bad behaviour.
To promote ‘Orange the World: End Femicide NOW!’, the Communications Team has developed the 16 Days of Activism Toolkit. Available from the Media section.
Dr Donnell Davis
Programme Convenor 2022-2024