The Global 16 Days Campaign is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. During this period, we bring you interviews and stories from grassroots feminist and gender activists demanding change against gender-based violence and other human rights violations, including housing, struggles for liberation, disability justice, refugee rights, climate justice, and sexual health. For more information on the #16DaysofActvism, head to who.int/campaigns.
Saturday 25 November International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Solidarity Breakfast: Presented by Annie McLoughlin
7.45 - 8.15am: From the Melbourne Parliament steps on Friday 24th November, Respect Rally began the first local event marking the beginning of 16 days of action, globally, calling for violence against girls & women to be ended. Listen to Antionette Braybrook here and Joe Ball here.
SlutWalk 2023 Special Broadcast: Presented by Sasja Sÿdek
12 - 1pm: Live broadcast of speeches at the SlutWalk 2023 Melbourne rally. Now in its thirteenth year in the fight against victim blaming, slut shaming, and rape culture, SlutWalk is a global movement calling for education for all, accountability for abusers, and justice for survivors. Listen here.
Monday 27 November
Monday Breakfast: Presented by Rob Harrison
8.10 - 8.30am: Excerpts from Saturday’s Slutwalk, an international movement calling for abusers to be held accountable as well as an end to slut-shaming and victim-blaming. First, we hear from Hoda of a Naarm-based art collective Feminista Melbourne, a grassroots collective of artists and activists who found each other during the women's life freedom protests late last year; and Sherele Moody, an Australian femicide and child death researcher, and the creator of the world’s only online memorial to women and children lost to violence and the ground-breaking Australian femicide and child death map. Each speech is preceded by music performed by the Riff Raff Radical Marching band. Listen here.
Content note: Mentions of violence and harassment towards women and children, including their deaths.
Tuesday 28 November
Tuesday Breakfast: Presented by Phuong Tran, Kannagi Bhatt, and Ivka Taylor-Moss
7.15 - 7.30am: Phuong speaks with Kit McMahon, CEO of Women's Health in the South East (WHISE), on the latest report 'Return on Equity: Health and Economic Dividends from Investing in Women’s Health Services' during 16 Days of Activism. Listen here.
Tuesday Hometime: Presented by Jan Bartlett
5.35- 5.55pm: Jan speaks with Peter Murphy Chair of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines about Exposing human rights abuses in the Philippines. Listen here.
Wednesday 29 November
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People; International Women Human Rights Defenders Day
Wednesday Breakfast: Presented by Claudia Craig and Sunehra Ahmed
7.10 - 7.30am: As part of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women commemoration, we listen to one woman’s account of the experience of indigenous Herero and Nama Peoples in present-day Namibia. Sima Luipert, a Nama woman from Namibia, tells us how the violence inflicted on her People in the early 1900s, still has an impact to this day. This segment was produced by Shaldon Ferris for Indigenous Rights Radio. You can listen to more stories like this by clicking on the link.
7.55 - 8.10am: In 2017, at the request of Australia’s 39 universities, the Australian Human Rights Commission conducted a national, independent survey of university students to gain greater insight into the nature, prevalence, and reporting of sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities. Dr Jess Ison joins us to explain if things have changed since the national report came out and what more can be done by universities to prevent sexual violence and assault on campus. Jess is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University.
8.15 - 8.25am: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. We speak with Kieran, a high school teacher working in the Victorian public school system about the Teachers and Staff Members for Palestine Week of Action planned for this week and what is taking place following a government directive to stop action. The Minister for Education Ben Carroll was invited to participate in this interview but declined. See more via the Teachers and Staff Members For Palestine- Vic Facebook page.
Gaza Monologues: The Gaza Monologues are personal stories written by children in Gaza in 2010. During this time the monologues were performed by over 1500 young people in 36 countries. These testimonials remain relevant today. The ASHTAR youth theatre is encouraging public readings of the monologues to promote this day which values justice and freedom. To find out more about the Gaza Monologues and the work done by ASHTAR theatre to bring them to life, you can head to gazamonologues.com
Thursday 30 November
Thursday Breakfast: Presented by Priya Kunjan, Inez Winters, and Leila Baptist
7.40 - 8am: Independent queer researcher Dr Shoshana Rosenberg talks about disability and trans solidarity with Palestine in the face of Israel's ongoing violent occupation, exploring the connections between disability justice, trans freedom, and liberation for Palestine. We discuss genocide as a mass disabling event and what it means for disabled folks to engage in solidarity actions across colonial borders and from stolen land in so-called Australia.
Content note: This segment covers some distressing content around state violence - if you need to speak to someone, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander listeners can call 13 YARN, and queer listeners can call QLife on 1800 184 527.
8 - 8.15am: Ronny Kareni, West Papuan activist, 3CR broadcaster, advisor, and honorary Fellow at the University of Wollongong's West Papua project, joins the team to share some reflections on the struggle for liberation for West Papua in the lead-up to December 1st, West Papuan Independence Day. December 1st marks the anniversary of the first raising of the Morning Star flag, and this year will be commemorated in Narrm-melbourne with the Morning Star Ceremony.
Friday 1 December World AIDS Day, West Papuan Independence Day: Raising of the Morning Star Flag
Green Left Weekly Radio: Presented by Jacob Andrewartha and Chloe DS
8.10 - 8.25am: Fahimah Badrulhisham, co-president of the Muslim collective and a climate organiser with Move Beyond Coal joins the program to discuss why fighting for climate justice has to link with supporting a free Palestine. Listen here.
Saturday 2 December
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
Solidarity Breakfast: Presented by Annie McLoughlin
7.35 - 7.35am: Anti-Zionist, Jewish, queer, trans, non-binary poet, author, and educator Nevo Zisin speaks in support of Palestinians' right to freedom at one the weekly Free Palestine Melbourne rallies held at State Library Victoria (Sun 26 Nov). Listen here.
Sunday 3 December International Day of Persons with Disabilities
2023 Disability Day Special 12-hr Broadcast - Health Sovereignty
Presented by Pauline Vetuna, Hamile Ibrahim, Marisa Sposaro, Melissa Fisher, Dee and Bec, Iris Lee, Sally Goldner, Darcy and Em, Sasja Sydek, Heather, Skye, Lisa and Steve, Raphael Kaleb, and Ajak Kwai
7am - 7pm: For our 2023 Disability Day broadcast, we’re making space to explore what health and HEALTH SOVEREIGNTY means, holistically and materially, to First Nations disabled people and other disabled individuals, their kin networks and communities, residing on unceded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands. And imagining what genuinely healing healthcare systems that affirm the lives, self-knowledge, and expertise of disabled people of all ages and backgrounds can look like in the future.
Monday 4 December
Monday Breakfast: Presented by Grace Tan and James Tait
7.30 - 7.45am: Grace speaks with Adam Zulawnik, Teaching Specialist, Korean Studies, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne', discussing the definition of 'feminist' in the Korean language and why civic groups want a language reform in South Korea.
7.50 - 8.05am: Dec 4 marks the 10th day of the 16 days of Activism, where we focus on content against gender-based violence. Grace speaks with Helena Hassani, executive director of the newly founded company, Boland Parwaz, a visionary venture dedicated to ending child and forced marriage both within Australia and globally.
Tuesday 5 December Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
Tuesday Breakfast: Presented by Kannagi Bhatt, Phuong Tran, and Ivka Taylor-Moss
7.15 - 7.25am: Kannagi presents an excerpt of a Women on the Line interview she conducted with Syrian-Lebanese author and academic Ruby Hamad on the historic dehumanisation of Arabs and Muslims in the West. Listen to the full episode here.
7.45 - 7.55am: The team speaks with Innez Tulloch, 3CR Volunteer & Engagement Coordinator, about World Volunteer Day and the value and joy of volunteering in the community.
8 - 8.10am: The team speaks with Lecturer and researcher Dr Brandy Cochrane on the Forcibly Displaced People's Network's report 'Inhabiting Two Worlds at Once' that looks at the experiences of LGBTIQA+ settlement in Australia. More info via FDPN's refugee sponsorship program.
Wednesday 6 December
Wednesday Breakfast: Presented by Sunehra Ahmed and Grace Hall
8.15 - 8.25am: Sunehra speaks with Kit McMahon, CEO of Women's Health in the South East (WHISE) about #16Days4Kids, part of WHISE's 2023 campaign for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Listen to the interview here.
Content note: This segment covers some distressing content around violence - if you need to speak to someone or have experienced gender-based violence you can contact one of the following: 1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732; Lifeline: 13 11 14; Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS): 02 6280 0900; Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre: 1800 015 188; Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 1800 806 292.
Stick Together: Presented by Annie McLoughlin
8.30 - 8.45am: Annie presents audio of the Respect March held on Nov 24 at the steps of Victorian Parliament. We hear from Professor Kate Fitz Gibbon of Respect Victoria about how workers, Unionists, and society members in general can turn the tide of gender based violence marking the beginning of the global 16 days of activism campaign. Listen to the segment here.
Thursday 7 December
Thursday Breakfast: Presented by Inez Winters, Priya Kunjan, and Spike Chippalone
7.45 - 8am: Spike speaks with Sue Bolton, Socialist Alliance Councillor for Merri-bek, about Saturday’s National Day of Action for Housing, which in Narrm-melbourne will focus on a campaign to stop the demolition of the 44 high-rise public housing flats. Sue also talked about the Maribyrnong Council’s decision to rescind its motion for peace and justice in Palestine, and about local council decision-making and the importance of resident activism. Listen to the interview here.
Friday 8 December
Green Left Weekly Radio: Presented by Jacob Andrewartha, Chloe DS, Rob Zucchi
8.10 - 8.25am: The team presents a speech by CFMMEU National Secretary Christy Cain calling on trade unions to mobilise against the genocide in Gaza and an interview with Sam Wainwright in Boorloo about the successful December 2 community picket at the Port of Fremantle.
Saturday 9 December International Anti-Corruption Day
Motorcade for Palestine: Presented by Jiselle Hanna, Jacob Grech, Nasser Mashni, and Karina Aedo Aguilera
9 - 11am: A live broadcast from the Motorcade for Palestine – to build a wall of sound on the streets of Burn City to amplify the voices for a Free Palestine. This special broadcast was supported by 3CR Community Radio, Free Palestine Melbourne, Renegade Solidarity Audio Force, and Renegade Activists. Listen to the broadcast via 3cr.org.au/motorcadeforpalestine.
Sunday 10 December International Human Rights Day
Earth Matters: Presented by Phil Evans
11 - 11.30am: Phil looks at how a colonial, extractivist mindset has shaped the relationship with Palestinian land, the connection to the experience in Australia, how climate change is being driven by the carbon bootprint of militaries and some of the impacts of militarism on land and water in Palestine. Guests include, Rihab Charida, a digital storyteller, filmmaker, and producer; Pablo Brait, a Jewish campaigner and community organiser fighting for climate justice, Asseel Tayah, a Palestinian-born and raised artist and activist; Danya Jacobs, an environmental lawyer, and a human rights activist; Boe Spearim, a Gamilaraay and Kooma man, podcaster and activist; Fahimah Badrulhisham from the Muslim Collective, architect and climate justice campaigner; and Elise West from the Medical Association for the Prevention of War. Listen to the episode here.
Rotations: Presented by Karina Aedo-Aguilera
2 -3 pm: Karina presents an hour of music on the theme of Human Rights Day with commentary and poetry. Listen here.
Queering The Air: Presented by Sasja Sÿdek and Jacob Gamble
3 - 4pm: Silence is violence - Recognising the presence of violence within LGBTIQA+ community. While attention is often focused on violence from outside sources, it's crucial to realise that perpetrators can also be found within our circles and to recognise that not all violence is physical. Conversations with guests Anastasia Rose Le, Coordinator of Rainbow Community Fair, and Abdulrahman Katamish (Boudie), Volunteer Engagement Officer with Thorne Harbour Health. Listen here.
Salaam Radio Show: Presented by Marroushti
4 - 6pm: Salaam Sui Zhen! A show on Palestine. Marroushti speaks with Naarm-based artist Sui Zhen about “Musicians in Solidarity with Palestine”, an event in collaboration with Palestinian and Jewish pro-Palestinian communities. Sui Zhen is known for her experimental pop and performance art touching on the intersections between human life and technology - how to exist in the digital age, as well as how we risk losing true sight of ourselves in the process. Listen here.