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 16 Days of Activism

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!” 


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