#orangetheworld to raise awareness about gender-based violence

#orangetheworld to raise awareness about gender-based violence

You might have noticed little wooden orange ladies popping up in businesses around Gladstone over the past month.

An initiative of the Zonta Club of Gladstone these “zollies” were designed to #orangetheworld and spread the message of “no to violence against women” during the United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign.

Running from November 25, the UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to December 10, the UN Day for Human Rights, the campaign saw Gladstone Ports Corporation, Gladstone Regional Council and Gladstone Hospital turn orange to inspire people around the world to learn, reflect and take action to end violence against women.

“With 1 in 3 women and girls worldwide still experiencing violence, the need for action is urgent,” Zonta Club of Gladstone President Natalie Petersen said.

“Locally our club advocates through education, and we want to thank all the businesses and individuals who have supported Zonta through this campaign, whether its by taking part in our Orange Walk or hosting a Zollie.

“Special thanks also to the Gladstone Power Station and Gladstone Hockey for hosting our displays on their fences and highlighting the over 40 women who have lost their lives to violence this year.”

Established in January 1992, the Zonta Club of Gladstone is a not-for-profit organisation of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Locally they raise funds and donate goods to support front-line service organisations, and provide scholarships for young girls and university students.

“We are passionate about helping the growing number of homeless women in our area, and work to raise funds and awareness to assist them,” Natalie said.

The club meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 6pm at the Harvey Road Tavern in Clinton.

If you would like to be invited to attend a dinner meeting email zontagladstone@gmail.com.

To keep up-to-date with their advocacy work in the Gladstone Region follow them on Facebook.

For more information on the 16 days campaign visit www.16dayscampaign.org.