Stop violence against women involves you and me.

Established in 1991, the international 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence Against Women campaign officially begins on November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and ends on December 10 (World Human Rights Day), to highlight the connection between women, violence and human rights.

This 16-day period also includes other significant dates such as December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. In 1989, fourteen women were shot dead in the Montreal School of Engineering by a young man, who believed it was because of female students that he was not accepted into the engineering school. This brutal act triggered the creation of the White Ribbon Campaign – a global initiative by Canadian men.

Since its establishment, more than 1,700 organisations in 130 countries have participated in the 16 Days campaign. The NSW Strategy to Reduce Violence Against Women, hosted by the NSW Department of Community Services (DoCS) plays a leadership role in co-ordinating activities to promote the 16 Days campaign in New South Wales, including NSW Stop Domestic Violence DayNSW Stop Domestic Violence Day (7 December – 1st Friday in December) is a dedicated day to highlight the problem of domestic violence and actions people can take to protect the rights of women and children to safety.

1. Violence against women is criminal.

2. All forms of violence against women are unacceptable

3. You are not alone, please ask for help.