Canberra turns orange to say no to violence against women

The Zonta Club of Canberra Breakfast is staging several orange-themed events across Canberra during the international 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign.

“In Australia, 49 women and girls have died due to intimate partner violence over the past year,” said Zonta Club of Canberra Breakfast Vice President Glenda Stevens.  “While this is less than the 71 who died in 2018, it remains unacceptable.”

The campaign starts on November 25th, the UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and culminates with the ringing of the Canberra Rotary Peace Bell in Canberra’s Nara Park on International Human Rights Day.

On 6 December, the Captain Cook fountain will be lit orange to draw public attention to the 16 Days of Activism campaign. “Orange is not only Zonta’s colour, but also the colour of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 5, which sets out a commitment to achieve gender equality”, said Ms Stevens.

Civic and Belconnen libraries will display stylish orange paper flower arrangements, with each flower representing the life of the 49 women who have died as a result of domestic violence.  The first name of each victim, and her age, will also be displayed, except where respecting Indigenous customs.

The campaign will conclude on 10 December with a morning ceremony commencing at 6.30am at Nara Park, at which the Canberra Rotary Peace Bell will toll for each woman killed in Australia in the last twelve months.

Zonta is an international service club dedicated to empowering women through service and advocacy.  The Zonta Club of Canberra Breakfast meets once a month.

For further inquiries about Zonta’s activities please contact Glenda Stevens, 0405 900 360.