Message from Grace Papers CEO – 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence


UN Women’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign begins today. Join Grace Papers as we stand alongside all organisations and individuals committed to ending violence against women.

The march towards Human Rights Day calls on all of us to join in solidarity, and collectively #orangetheworld. In our work, we bear witness to the often invisible and everyday activism by individuals and small teams striving to put an end to gender based violence by empowering gender balanced outcomes for all.

Today Grace Papers stands in solidarity with UN Women, survivors, leaders, organisations and humans totalling more than 6000 organisations in approximately 187 countries who, since 1991 have observed International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and committed to ending #ViolenceAgainstWomen.

Violence against women is preventable. 

Yet, nearly 1 in 3 women aged 15 years and older, around the world have been subjected to physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner, non-partner or both, at least once in their lifetime. 

In our work and in our partnerships, we see significant change taking place. Our recent Respect at Work event set the agenda to share how our partners are making changes everyday to make an impact on gender equality and by redesigning systems, take a stand against gender-based violence. 

Over the next 16 Days of Activism, we’ll continue to share initiatives of our partners – individuals and organisations – as they systematically disrupt harmful gender stereotypes and structural inequality, and take action to advance gender equal outcomes that prevent violence against women. 

As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighbourhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

With that in mind, it is our great privilege and pleasure to mark the next 16 Days of Activism by celebrating the individuals and workplaces taking action every day towards a more gender balanced world. Some of these are small acts regularly, and others are significant shifts designed to inspire and propel all of us forward.

We close out the 16 Days of Activism with our LIVE Coaching on International Human Rights Day – December 10th:  Women’s Rights are Human Rights: Finding your voice in the movement. Stay tuned to hear who’ll be joining us this year!

And follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram as we count down 16 Days of Activism and recognise the businesses that are striving for gender equality and human rights. 

Together Let’s Orange The World and End Violence Against Women Now! 

Join us in participating with #OrangeTheWorldWithGrace.

 – Prue Gilbert, CEO of Grace Papers

Grace Papers is the only evidence-based workplace gender equality platform that directly contributes to the prevention of inequality by dismantling the stereotypes that are harmful to all genders and ultimately contribute to gendered violence. We were recognised by the Australian Human Rights Commission for our work.

How can you get involved? 

Partner with us to receive insight and support on how to make a safer, more equal workplace. Together we can dismantle gender stereotypes and provide an intersectional lens on parenting and care – while addressing preventions against gender-based violence towards women.

Read more about what we do and get involved here.