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 Karen’s story below.

Karin Swift, Independent Consultant

Karin Swift has been involved in various projects across the sector with organisations including WWILD, QDN, and WorkUP Queensland.

She hopes to see all forms of violence against women with disabilities recognized at a global level, and has brought worldwide attention to the cause by representing Australia at the UN.

On a local level, she has had the opportunity to be involved with projects that came out of Dame Quentin Bryce’s landmark report titled Not Now, Not Ever. This work was an opportunity to share how violence can impact us in different ways, and demonstrated how public awareness needed to improve to ensure women and girls living with disability are able to be free from violence.

“I am an activist by using my voice, my experience, and the experiences of my peers to influence change, to co-design products, services, and campaigns to make sure they are inclusive of women and girls with disabilities; to advocate and ensure change at local, national, and global levels.”

Click here to read all the stories as the become available.