BY MECHELLE MOORE | WRITER
In 2018 people across the globe joined together for #16DaysOfActivism. This is a time when we remind each other that it’s only by working together we can end violence against women and girls around the world.
To celebrate the 16 days of activism (25 November to 10 December 2018) we highlighted different organisations who are doing their part to support women and girls across the globe.
Day 1: United Nations Women
“From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The international campaign originated from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991.” – UN Women
Day 2: Life Impact International
Life Impact International is an anti-human trafficking organisation doing their part to support girls (& boys) across Thailand, Burma & Brazil. Lead by Founder, Lana Vasquez, the Life Impact International team are made up of talented & unique individuals. Many, experts in their own fields, they have the love, skills & passion to do whatever it takes to prevent, rescue & heal.
Day 3: Global Alms Incorporated
Global Alms Incorporated is an Australian not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the elimination of trafficking, sexual exploitation and physical abuse of men, women and children. Lead by Founder, Garry Bradford, the Global Alms Incorporated team, are a passionate team of young people who Go For The One. Based in Thailand, the objectives of their work are Protection, Preparation & Purpose for each individual.
Day 4: BossBabe
BossBabe’s are women who KNOW that they’re the business. In their community no dream is too big or aim too high: they encourage women to be unapologetically ambitious & equip them with the kit to create success for themSELVES. Lead by founders, Natalie Elizabeth Ellis & Dr. Danielle Canty, BossBabes is a community that was created by women for women to come together as they work to start and scale businesses.
Day 5: Yes She Matters
The ‘Yes She Matters’ program provides women an opportunity no matter their race, religion or documented status, to receive immediate help if they have been raped, sexually assaulted, abused or caught in domestic violence. Lead by founder, Mechelle Moore, the Yes She Matters team are all women trained across several fields & on call 24/7 to provide immediate help meeting victims in their homes, at the police station or local hospital. They provide Emergency Packs (clothes, undergarments, sanitary items, toiletries), a ‘Yes She Matters’ Case Advocate to offer one on one support (especially during police interviews & medical exams), Mental Health support, Training options, Personal Protection and Safety Plans.
Day 6: Te Minitatanga mō ngā Wāhine
The Ministry for Women, Te Minitatanga mō ngā Wāhine, is the New Zealand Government’s principal advisor on achieving better results for women, & wider New Zealand. Lead by Chief Executive, Helen Potiki, the Ministry carries out its work by bringing the voices, experiences & priorities of different groups of New Zealand women to government. It also works closely with other government agencies, women’s non‑government organisations and stakeholders within the private sector.
Day 7: Boss Women Project
The Boss Women Project is an upcoming podcast to share stories of extraordinary & inspirational sporting women. Lead by founder, Mollie Gray, Boss Women Project will be launched 10 January 2019. Mollie has an incredible story & this initiative will be an inspiring platform for women to share their battles, aspirations & victories!
“Australian back-rower Mollie Gray has overcome numerous setbacks over the years. This year though, the 28-year-old faced arguably her toughest test yet.”
Day 8: Share The Dignity
Share The Dignity is an Australian Women’s charity bringing dignity to homeless, at-risk & women experiencing domestic violence through the distribution of sanitary items & funding funerals of those killed as a result of domestic violence. Lead by founder, Rochelle Courtenay, Share the Dignity has grown into a national charity. Consequently, it has over 3,000 volunteers Australia wide, and most noteworthy, provides multiple initiatives aimed at giving dignity to women.
Day 9: Dance To Be Free
Dance To Be Free is changing the lives of incarcerated women through the healing power of collective dance. Lead by Founder, Lucy Wallace, their first program held at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility in July 2015 was a success. They expanded into weekly classes and now conduct a teacher-training program in Pueblo, CO, NE, WA, MS, HI and AR. Dancing in prisons for women who have experienced violence, assault & sexual abuse. What an incredible initiative to help women heal!
Day 10: Global Girls Project
The Global Girls Project is a collaboration writing project for women & girls to share their stories & advice from their own journey’s. Lead by founders, Sharon & Allison Reed, Global Girls Project also supports global literacy initiatives & improving access to education for women & girls.
Day 11: Women’s Rugby League
Girls and women playing and participating in rugby league has increasingly forged a pathway of its own – and the future is bright. A new era for Women’s Rugby League began in 2018, with increased competitions and extended pathways, built around record participation levels. It’s the same game. Played our way.
Day 12: Help Save The Kids
Help Save The Kids seeks to reduce poverty along the border and create safe living environments for children and families. Lead by founder, Judah Tana, their aim is to train students to build a Sustainable Living Centre that can be replicated along the border of Thailand/Burma. In training students with this skill set, they will be able to thrive in their communities as well as revive and stimulate local economy.
Day 13: Red Table Talk
Red Table Talk is an American web television talk show starring Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, and Adrienne Banfield-Norris that premiered in 2018 on Facebook Watch. Lead by founder, Jada Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow, and mother Adrienne – three generations of women open their home for a series of candid conversations with family and friends.
Day 14: Kingdom Builders Training Centre
Kingdom Builders is a discipleship program held in Mae Sot, Thailand geared towards 16- 25 year olds. Founded by Jamie & Cole Campbell, Kingdom Builders offers a 6 month Internship Program where young people live onsite and learn vocational skills, leadership skills, character building and life skills.
Jamie Campbell consistently builds relationships with women & girls within many communities along the Thai Burma border. We love how she comes alongside women as a friend, a sister, a teacher & an advocate. Jamie shares her experiences as a woman, a young mum & a wife; she listens to their stories & experiences life’s challenges with them.
Day 15: Leaders In Heels
Leaders In Heels is a community of like-minded women who are dealing with the same challenges and obstacles as you. At Leaders In Heels you will find everything you need to survive and thrive in the modern world. Lead by founder, Kasia Gospos, Leaders In Heels has been created to nurture, inspire and empower female leaders and entrepreneurs.
“I created the Leaders in Heels Manifesto to bring to life the main qualities that make YOU a Leader in Heels successful and good at what you do in your daily life – moving up the corporate ladder, turning passion to profit and empowering other women to also reach their potential.” – Kasia Gospos
Day 16: White Ribbon Australia
White Ribbon Australia operates in collaboration with, & alongside, many other organisations working to end men’s violence against women. Our focus & strength is in mobilising men & communities to end men’s violence against women. Lead by Chief Executive Officer, Tracy McLeod Howe, White Ribbon Australia is encouraging Australians to build a future free from violence & abuse.