16 Days Reflection


Human Trafficking is a form of violence
Let’s end human trafficking 

Join us for the 16 Days of action and reflection…

From 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the anniversary of the brutal assassination of Patria, Maria and Minerva Mirabal Reyes, three activists in the Dominican Republic in 1960, to 10 December, the day the world marks as International Human Rights Day.

Human trafficking is an extreme form of violence against women and girls. Here we offer you a focus for each of the 16 days of activism. Gather with others and join us in lighting a candle and praying, reflecting or remembering:

Nov 25:International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Women and girls make up the majority of people who have been trafficked in our world.
Nov 26:Girls and young women facing the threat of a forced marriage in Australia and globally
Nov 27:Seasonal workers exploited in Australia's agricultural industries and those seeking redress.
Nov 28:Women trafficked from Asia into forced labour and sexual exploitation in Australia
Nov 29:Women choosing to purchase clothes that have been made by people pad a living wage, from cotton pickers to sewers.
Nov 30:Girls forced into labour from a young age and thus denied their right to education
Dec 1:1st Sunday of Advent: "Stay awake,you must be ready." (Mt 24:37-44)
Health workers seeking a better understanding or, and treatment for, patients who have been trafficked.
Dec 2:Today we remember women and girls who advocate and uphold human rights and work to eradicate all forms of human trafficking.
Dec 3:Women and girls who are victims of pornography production
Dec 4:Women rebuilding their lives after being trafficked and deprived of their freedom
Dec 5:Young trafficked women willing to share their stories of exploitation and healing in order to offer hope to others
Dec 6:ACRATH women who offer companionship in Australia to over 30 survivors of trafficking and their children
Dec 7:Young people advocating for the rights of children forced to work in the mining and textile industries or in the production of chocolate and cosmetics
Dec 8:2nd Sunday of Advent: "Prepare a way for the Lord." (Mt 3:1-12)
Women leaders in politics, religion, civil society and healthcare working to eliminate all forms of human trafficking
Dec 9:Women and men who educate others in their homes, schools and the wider community to bring an end to the violence of human trafficking
Dec 10:Human Rights Day
Girls at risk of being trafficked after fleeing conflict or natural disasters in their countries.

Click here  to download a printable PDF of this reflection. 

 Some simple actions to take

  • Buy only slavery-free products such as chocolate, tea, coffee and clothing
  • Ask your local coffee shop to stock slavery-free coffee
  • Find out if the clothes you wear are slavery free.
  • Share this reflection sheet

For more information and campaign actions explore our ACRATH website: acrath.org.au/16days or contact [email protected]