16 Days of Activism: Celebrating Queensland Activists

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual campaign that begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs through International Human Rights Day on 10 December.

This year, the UN marks the 16 Days under the theme “UNiTE! Activism to end violence against women and girls”.

16 Days of Activism: From 25 November until 10 December, WorkUP Queensland will acknowledge and highlight the achievements of those working in the DFV sector in Queensland.

Read Else’s story below.

Else Frank, Sisters of Mercy Volunteer

We spoke to Else Franks, who used to work as a volunteer at Sisters of Mercy, and asked her to reflect on her years of social action.

Else believes activism is important for the sector, as it helps with visibility for the cause. She notes the importance of making connections as well, recalling how Dame Quentin Bryce was a prominent advocate for the DFV sector and used her position as a young lawyer to further support the cause.

“My message for the sector is borrowed from Senator Linda Burney: “Things you do today can make a difference to the future.”

I’ll add to “stick together, support each other, and keep an eye on what could be.” Just ask questions if you need to.

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