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.

Breast Cancer Training in Sri Lanka

Breast Cancer training in Sri Lanka.

A collaborative project between Zonta Club of Colombo11 (District 25) and Zonta Club of Botany Bay (District 24) arranged a workshop to train nurses in specialist breast cancer detection and treatment.
With very little mammography available in Sri Lanka, the importance of early detection and recognition of breast cancer by self examination became vital.
Ann Selle OAM led the team of trainers to deliver the first workshop to the nurses from all 11 provinces of Sri Lanka. Post course evaluation strongly indicated that additional training is required.
The first workshop was funded by members of Zonta Club of Botany Bay and friends. However the reality is that we now have to extend our fundraising base to ensure early detection of breast cancer for Sri Lankan women becomes a reality.
This project is one that can have an immediate and long term effect on the lives of many women and brings together our Clubs and Districts at an international level.

For more information watch this video, Zonta Cares – Breast Cancer Training in Sri Lanka.

Bridging a gap in cultural attitude, awareness and education of medical staff has been most rewarding for all those involved.

Any individual Zontians or clubs who wish to donate – Zonta Cares

or Zonta Cares BSB 032-167 Account 354325
For more information contact
Ann Selle OAM-Zonta Club of Botany Bay

Financially Fit Females

Economic Security4Women (ES4W) has partnered with Bauer Media’s major campaign designed to empower and educate the nation’s more than 12 million women about their personal finances and financial abuse.

The campaign, entitled Financially Fit Females, is running across Bauer’s 36 media brands, including ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Australian Women’s Weekly and Woman’s Day with a combined readership of some 7.5 million.

Over the cause of the next six months Bauer Media will feature key issues and ES4W will partake in their media campaign raising awareness and features on the campaign’s website

  • Key issues are:
    • Financial and economic abuse; what it is and how to recognise it
    • Savings and investments
    • Maximizing super
    • Being paid appropriately
    • Navigating separation and divorce

Zonta Australia and New Zealand Centennial Conference Registration

Registrations are now open for 2019 Zonta Australia and New Zealand Centennial Conference in Brisbane QLD on 6-8th September 2019

Please note the Thursday Leadership session is now SOLD OUT.

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Guest Speakers include Dame Theresa Walsh DNZM and Dame Quentin Bryce AD, CVO