Zonta campaign says 'no' to violence threat
TODAY, the Zonta Club of Ipswich begins its 16-day campaign of activism against domestic violence.
Zonta's Ipswich president, Karen Newton said the 16 days of action called for the elimination of all forms of violence against women by raising community awareness of gender-based violence as a human rights issue.
She said it also strengthened the good work already being undertaken around violence against women by services such as the Ipswich Women's Centre Against Domestic Violence and others.
From today until December 10, the Zonta Club of Ipswich and its community sponsors, will place 16 orange ladies at locations around Ipswich.
Ms Newton said the activity acknowledged the international campaign of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence and the Zonta Says No campaign.
This international campaign aims to raise awareness of and increase actions to end violence against women and girls around the world through service and advocacy.
Zonta Says No began in November last year with Zonta clubs around the world undertaking actions that draw the community's attention to the need to prevent and end violence against women and girls.
Zonta supports programs and services that enable women to live safe from violence and as equal members of their community.
These programs don't offer a quick fix, but rather a true commitment to reach out to the world and transform the myth that violence against women is normal and inevitable.
"We can't and mustn't ignore the fact: violence against women and girls is still pervasive in all kinds of countries and societies. It's in our back yard," Zonta International president Lynn McKenzie said.
"Zonta International has been committed to its prevention and eradication for many years. In 2013, as the United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women focuses on fighting violence against women, we support the initiative with Zonta Says No, a worldwide campaign saying no to violence against women. Do not look away. Join us."
In addition to supporting its international projects, the Zonta Club of Ipswich has financially supported organisations such as the Ipswich Women's Centre Against Domestic Violence and Hannah's House.
To learn more about Zonta Says No and join the campaign, visit zontasaysno.com.
To show your support for this campaign, the Zonta Club of Ipswich is inviting you to post your photograph with at least one orange lady on the club's Facebook page or by using the hashtag #orangeladies. You may also wish to write a message of support on one of the orange ladies near you.