16 Days, 16 Stories

This year, for the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women and Girls, we are sharing the stories of women who have accessed support through the Finding Safety Project.

16 Days of Activism 2023

Each year between 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls) and 10 December (International Human Rights Day), UN Women coordinates the 16 Days of Activism. 

JRS Australia participates in this annual call on governments, civil society, women’s organisations, young people, the private sector, and the media, to come together to address the global pandemic of violence against women and girls.

The team in our Finding Safety Project uses this time to amplify the work we do with women who have sought asylum in Australia, have a refugee background, or are migrants in other situations of vulnerability, who have experienced, or are at risk of experiencing, sexual or gender-based violence (‘SGBV’).

16 Days, 16 Stories

This year we are running a “16 Days, 16 Stories” Campaign. Follow us on Facebook to read a story each day about the resilient women we accompany through the Finding Safety Project.

You can also find these stories below.


The global theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism is “UNiTE! Invest to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls.”

We sincerely hope that reading these stories, and learning about the important work our Finding Safety Project does in the absence of any other coordinated or government support, inspires you to invest in us, invest in the women we serve, and invest in a future where women and girls are free from all forms of violence.

Please visit our Take Action page to find out how you can get involved with the work we do, or consider donating if you are able.

Please also join us for our March on 29 November 2023 in Western Sydney.


More about the Finding Safety Project

The women we serve and accompany in the Finding Safety Project are strong.

They are resilient and they resist violence and oppression through their own unique journeys – sometimes in ways that are invisible even to themselves. We are privileged to be able to help women uncover their strength and reclaim their dignity. We enable them to determine for themselves how and when we support them, and we regularly seek their guidance in planning our future activities.

For many, accessing the JRS Women’s Space is the first time they have ever felt safe and heard, and this is our mission in action.

The Finding Safety Project offers specialised and complex SGBV casework, community and wellbeing programs, as well as practical assistance with access to funding for emergency accomodation, education, medical care and mental health support.

For more information, see our Women’s Space page or contact women@jrs.org.au.