16 Days of Activism

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 Centre for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

In support of this civil society initiative, the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign (UNiTE campaign) calls for global actions to increase awareness, galvanize advocacy efforts, and share knowledge and innovations.

The global theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which will run from 25 November to 10 December 2021, is “Orange the world: End violence against women now!” 

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 by illuminating landmarks orange

Fundraise as a company for UN Women’s programmes to end violence in New Zealand and the Pacific by hosting an Orange Morning Tea

Wellington Movie Night Fundraiser

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: #OrangeTheWorldUNWANZ
  • You can also tag us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using our handle @UNWomenNZ

Orange the Parliament

We have recently reached out to our Members of Parliament to ask them to show their support for the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence.

We have suggested they help us “Orange the World” by wearing the colour orange to Parliament on Wednesday 8 December. The colour orange represents a brighter future, free from violence against women and girls.

If you would like your MP’s email to encourage them to get involved, please get in touch here


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! 

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