16 Days of Activism

UNiTE to End Violence against Women

The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign (UNiTE campaign), managed by UN Women, is a multi-year effort aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls around the world. It calls on governments, civil society, women’s organisations, young people, the private sector, the media, and the entire UN system to join forces in addressing the global pandemic of violence against women and girls.

16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. Building on existing international legal and policy frameworks to synergize the efforts of all UN offices and agencies working to prevent and end violence against women and girls.

The campaign invites individuals and organisations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

ORANGE New Zealand

Show your support, join UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand to support the global campaign to end gender-based violence by turning New Zealand orange during the 16 Days of Activism.

Be part of the challenge, join us:

  • Participate in Orange NZ on the 25th November by turning orange: wear orange, orange your business, virtual space, social media, logo or illuminate landmarks orange.
  • Fundraise as a company for UN Women’s programmes to end violence in New Zealand and the Pacific. Donations to: UN Women Account 03-0518-0161116-00   or click the donate photo to go to our website portal.
  • Make an individual donation.
  • Become a member of UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand either individually or as a company.

Let us know:  If you join the Orange Aotearoa New Zealand challenge, please let us know so we can have your contribution recorded as part of our global campaign

  • Email us what you are doing and any pictures – info@unwomen.org.nz
  • Share your Orange New Zealand on social media using the Hashtags:
    • #OrangeNZ and #16days
  • You can also tag us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using our handle @UNWomenNZ

Conscious Step Socks

Make a purchase with purpose today!

UN Women New Zealand has partnered up with Conscious Step Socks. Every purchase donates to the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women. Featuring two fun designs to match any outfit. Take a step to end violence against women today! 

Find out more or buy a pair here

Film Fundraiser

  • Get a group together
  • Wear something orange
  • Nibbles provided
  • Bring cash for a raffle
  • Drinks for sale at Theatre

Monies raised will go towards Programmes to End Violence Against Women.


In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend, Bob Hope. At the time, Miss World was the most-watched TV show on the planet with over 100 million viewers. Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast of the competition. Not only that, when the show resumed, the result caused uproar: the winner was not the Swedish favourite but Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World. In a matter of hours, a global audience had witnessed the patriarchy driven from the stage and the Western ideal of beauty turned on its head.


Tuesday 8th December 6.00pm

Hoyts, Northlands

Tickets:      $20pp


Tuesday 8th December 6.00pm

Lighthouse Cuba

Tickets:      $20pp


This year’s campaign is focusing on the effects COVID-19 has had on Gender Based Violence as people have been forced to stay at home. The COVID-19 pandemic in New Zealand and Pacific has exacerbated key risk factors for Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG).

A high percentage of violence that occurs against women and girls, occurs at home.  Due to lockdown, there has been an alarming increase in multiple forms of violence against women and girls: physical, psychological, sexual, and economic forms of domestic violence. Unemployment, financial pressures, confined living conditions, school closures and social isolation have heightened exposure and risk of violence for girls including sexual exploitation and harassment. 

Why it is important?

Violence towards women and girls (VAWG) often goes unreported and therefore VAWG survivors do not receive the support they require. It is important for us to raise awareness about Gender Based Violence in our communities so that we can make it easier for survivors to speak up, provide services and support for women and girls subject to violence and to change the behaviours that lead to violence towards women and girls.

Hand Over the Mic

For the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, we are handing over the mic to women on the front line, those who are battling COVID-19 and the pandemic of violence against women and girls that’s relentless and rising. These are the voices of survivors, essential workers, and leaders, telling us what’s urgent, and how we can stop the escalating violence, recover and rebuild from COVID-19.

Dismantling domestic violence one action at a time 

Kickstarting a movement to end femicide

Ending violence against trans women

Lastest News

The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE Campaign to End Violence against Women will commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November. The International Day and virtual event will kickstart the global mobilization of the 16 Days of Activism campaign. Follow this link for more information and how to watch

Where to get help?

The Ministry of Social Development funds a professional helpline for anyone affected by sexual harm. The Safe to talk sexual harm helpline is available for free, 24/7 at:

  • Call 0800 044 334  or Text 4334
  • Email support@safetotalk.nz
  • Resources, info and webchat at www.safetotalk.nz

The Women’s Refuge is for women and children.  Free national 24-hour crisis line: 0800 REFUGE or 0800 733 843 Other support service contact details can be found here