#16SONGSCHALLENGE: Raising awareness of violence against women and girls through music

The Gender Research Network at the University of Newcastle hopes to raise awareness of violence against women and girls through their 2021 #16SongsChallenge.

The challenge calls on people to compile a playlist of 16 songs that share the experiences and impacts of domestic violence from childhood to adulthood.

It’s part of the global 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women Campaign which runs from the 25th of November until the 10th of December each year.

To kick things off, The Gender Research Network has released a playlist of 16 songs that showcase Australian, Indigenous Australian, and international artists.

Their playlist features empowering hits, anthems and moving ballads which you can check out below.

Other community events to be held across the 16 days of activism include a vigil at Newcastle Art Gallery, an exhibition called What were you wearing? which is running at Galerie Shangri-Lah, and a free public webinar with expert speakers Matt Brown, Michael Salter and Joplin Higgins.

And Tonight, Thursday 25 November, The University of Newcastle’s NUspace building and Civic Park will light up in orange to mark the start of the campaign.

You can click here to find out more.


You can take part in the challenge by compiling your own playlist or you can head to the Newcastle Live Radio Facebook group and tell us which songs we should add to our#16SongChallenge playlist.


Rachel Bond from the Gender Research Network, who along with the University of Newcastle and City of Newcastle has a number of events planned over the next 16 days spoke to Newcastle in the Morning.


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