What is 16 Days of Activism? 

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an International campaign to challenge gender violence. The campaign runs from 25th November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10th December, International Human Rights Day.  Started by activists at the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991, 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is recognised by the United Nations and has continued annually to this day. This year the theme is ‘Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape’ asking the world to #HearMeToo and to take a stand against sexual violence. 


What are UK SAYS NO MORE doing?

UK SAYS NO MORE will be taking part in talks and presentations all throughout the 16 days. We will be visiting councils, engaging audiences on panels and, furthermore, give talks to institutions such as the local police. We do all this  in order to raise awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to find out more to keep up to date with our whereabouts.  We will be using our signature hashtag #WhatICanDo with the universal hashtags #16Days #16DaysofActivism. Also, sign up to our newsletter to find out more.

Most importantly, we want to hear from YOU:

– Drop us a line at uksaysnomore@hestia.org

– Tag us in a photo on social media

– Upload an image onto our gallery with a statement and tell the world your thoughts.


What is 16 Days 16 Films?

The annual film competition, 16 Days 16 Films has now reached it’s second year. We deliver this in partnership with Modern Films and the Kering Foundation to raise awareness of gender based violence and celebrate the work of female filmmakers. Every day throughout the period we will announce our shortlisted films on our social media channels. Be sure to follow us to find out who is shortlisted and leave your thoughts in the comments. At the end of the 16 Days we will announce the competition winner. The director Jayisha Patel won the competition last year with her fantastic film ‘Circle’. The film embodied the themes of sexual violence and domestic abuse throughout the generations. This year, the films that sent in so far are fantastic and we are excited to see the final shortlist!


16 Days 16 Films Website


Shortlisted Filmmakers 2018



16 Days 16 Films 2019



On Monday 16 December we celebrated the end of our film competition 16 Days 16 Films with an event at the Everyman Theatre in London. It was well attended by those in the charity sector, those who work in the industry and all of the finalists. It was fantastic for all those involved to come together, but, more importantly it was an opportunity to raise awareness of gender based violence.

During the course of the night we learnt who were our three stand out winners of the 16:


In Third Place was ‘Waves’ directed by Jessie Ayles


In Second Place was Kedamono directed by Antonella Fabiano and Chiara Speziale


In First Place was The Third Sorrow directed by Myriam Raja

Thank you to everyone who took part and to our final 16 of 150 submissions:



Directed by

Calling Home

Jade Jackman


Antonella Barbera and Patricia Fazzi

Futurist Women

Eeelyn Lee

I’m Left Silent

Daisy Evans


Clemence Peloso

Kedamono – The Beast

Antonella Fabiano and Chiara Speziale


Helena Coan

Last Leg

Ella Bennett

Naked Links

Juliette Saint-Sardos

Resce La Lune

Giulia Di Battista and Gloria Kurnik

The Third Sorrow

Myriam Raja

Surf Girls Jamaica

Lucy Jane and Joya Berrow

The Waria of Java

Ana Gonzalez


Emanuela Zuccala and Simona Ghizzoni


Jessie Ayles


Adrien Gystere Peskine and Eden Tinto Collins


We would also like to thank all the jury who took part who included:

Actress Thandie Newton, Director Alice Winocour, Executive Director of the Kering Foundation Celine Bonnaire, Creative Director Modern Films Betty Aldous, Actress Jodie Whittaker, Broadcaster Edith Bowman, Head of Special Projects Obscured Pictures Julie La’Bassiere, Editor in Chief Elle France Katell Pouliquen, Partnerships Manager UKSNM Sarah D’Angelis, Advocate and Activist Marai Larasi