About the 16 Days of Activism
The 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women is a long running global campaign held annually. Beginning on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, it continues worldwide until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It is a clarion call for individuals, institutions and organisations around the world to act for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. The international 16 Days of Activism 2020 theme is Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!
About City Lights for Social Change
Funded by the City of Newcastle’s Special Business rate Scheme, this project involves a permanent lighting infrastructure for Civic Park, creating a spectacular lightscape to attract people to walk from and through Hunter and King Street, Civic Park to Darby Street. Designed to help build a safe and vibrant night-time economy, increase tourism, promote public safety and provide global coverage for local activism and campaigns, the flagship campaign being 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women from November 25 to December 10, 2020.
About Special Business Rates (SBR)
Special Business Rates (SBR) are collected by the City of Newcastle from businesses in Newcastle City Centre / Darby Street, Hamilton, Mayfield, New Lambton and Wallsend, and are reserved exclusively for the promotion, beautification and development of these business precincts. Annual funding for the most creative and innovative project proposals, such as City Lights for Social Change, is distributed through a competitive application process.
About the Gender Research Network
The Gender Research Network is designed to link scholars actively undertaking work around issues of gender across the University of Newcastle, with the aim of increasing impact and engagement within the wider community. The Gender Research Network plans to conduct an evaluation of the project which will measure its effectiveness in enhancing safety, building community connections, and enhancing tourism. This research will be consolidated in a final report to be provided to council and the relevant industry and business associations, to inform future economic and community development.