In 2017 I pledge to...

stand up for women’s rights by taking action in my local community to tackle global injustice and inequality.

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16 Days of Activism is a vital global movement to unite women and girls in the campaign to end violence against women.

But like you, ActionAid Australia knows it’s going to take more than 16 days to end violence and injustice. It’s going to take a sustained and empowered movement dedicated to fighting the systems and people who rob women of our rights. It’s going to take a commitment from people like you.

That’s why we are using 16 Days of Activism to call on Australians to take the pledge to take action with us for women’s rights in 2017.

Here we have shared the stories of 16 powerful women activists to show you that together, we can change the world. In fact, we already are.

Join the movement. Take the pledge today.

Your Fellow Activists

Polly's Story

I am a smallholder farmer from the drought-prone North Eastern Uganda, where I have raised my five children. My husband left me and my family twenty years ago, but returned with the intent of taking the land that I have worked ceaselessly on away from me. In Uganda, most women have access to...

Cathy's Story

I grew up in a village in Kenya. My family is from a farming community. The land is in freehold and my dad is the titleholder, but he was never there to work the land. It was always my mum and the children when we weren’t in school. I started to question this arrangement, because all the money...

Jess' Story

Earlier this year I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in solidarity with African women farmers. It was definitely one of the most mentally and physically challenging things I’ve ever done, but it was also one of the most inspiring things I’ve been a part of. I achieved my personal goal, which was to show my...

Liz's Story

Growing up I learned that women, particularly disadvantaged women, inherently have less opportunity than men. Many women would not have access to the same high-quality education that provided me with so much opportunity. This really hit home for me last year as I was hiking through a local...

Carol's Story

I was born in Kenya and as a young girl, I started looking around and seeing gender differences and noticing what girls had to go through. My parents raised me using principles of gender equality and so I realised early on that something was wrong in the world around me. I attended my first...

Becc's Story

I reckon I was about 15 when I first started to engage with women’s rights and the feminist movement. I can’t remember what drew me to it, but at some point I read Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth, and I was totally enraged and drawn in. At 15, you feel terrible physically – and you’re under so much...

Eliza's Story

I started actively engaging in the feminist movement when I was sixteen. I moved to the United States and started taking part in protests and rallies for important causes including climate, justice, anti-street harassment, marriage equality and gendered violence. But while these...

Jay's Story

I felt very empowered when I was a teenager in the 1970’s. Gender equality was always part of my upbringing and I thought it was a time when women could do anything and be anything.  I now have three daughters of my own, and worry that women’s rights have gone backwards in the time that they are...

Lucy's Story

I have worked as an activist for most of my adult life. Along the way, I have learnt some important things about what social movements need to succeed. Of those lessons, two really stand out. The first was working with some incredible women, who showed me the power and necessity of women’s...

Kawshi's Story

I am a feminist. This doesn't make me hairy, aggressive, man-hating and emotion-driven. I am a feminist because I believe that in any rational, moral, and ethical society, a woman is, and ought to be treated as an equal member. Women in developing countries experience gender discrimination every...

Lani's Story

Being interested and passionate about women’s rights doesn’t feel like a choice I’ve made, it feels more like the logical (and only!) place to find myself. Through my photography work, I have witnessed deep, heartbreaking inequalities for women and girls in different countries and cultures. In my...

Sanchia's Story

It is embarrassing to admit that the concept of women’s rights is something that has only come onto my radar over this past year. It started with a date where he would not take no for an answer. Under the fear of rape, I felt I had to along with it. The worst part is that he messaged me the next...

Clare's Story

I’ve never really known where my sense of justice comes from, I’ve just always had the urge to make the world a fairer place – in every aspect. It’s just always been obvious to me that there are values that we should live by – that we all matter as much as each other, no matter who we are. I'm a...

Sabita's Story

I am a forty-two year old mother of three from a small community close to the southern Bangladeshi coast. This area is being increasingly affected by climate change, and by the disasters that are now coming more frequently and with greater severity. Each season brings with it a new emergency...

Holly's Story

I’ve been a feminist for as long as I can remember. I’ve always admired women leaders, and relished opportunities to work with them, or simply to know them, and certainly to learn from them. I’ve always been outraged at the injustices that women everywhere face – in all of their manifestations...

Halima's Story

I was one of the 30 women farmers who came together from across Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to demand women’s land rights from the continent’s highest peak. I decided to climb the mountain so that that the challenges we are facing in claiming women’s land rights will be heard by those in...

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