Walk­ing the talk on vi­o­lence against women

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Sorop­ti­mist In­ter­na­tional is a women’s ser­vice group and on Satur­day Novem­ber 16, Re­gion North of Sorop­ti­mist In­ter­na­tional is meet­ing in Mata­mata.

Women from Sorop­ti­mist In­ter­na­tional Clubs in Auck­land, North Shore, Tau­ranga, Ro­torua and Taupo will be at­tend­ing.

The meet­ing also co­in­cides with the United Na­tion’s 16 Days of Ac­tivism with the theme be­ing: Stop Vi­o­lence Against Women.

As a women’s ser­vice group, the re­sponse to this is to walk the talk and raise com­mu­nity aware­ness of the need to say no to vi­o­lence against women.

Mem­bers of Sorop­ti­mist In­ter­na­tional would like to en­cour­age Mata­mata lo­cals to join them as they walk the talk along Broad­way from 12.15pm un­til 1.15pm. The walk starts at Mata­mata Club.

‘‘This is not a protest or demon­stra­tion, it is a group of peo­ple show­ing their con­cern for what seems to be a nev­erend­ing tol­er­ance of vi­o­lence to­wards women and chil­dren in our com­mu­ni­ties,’’ mem­ber Heather Jones said.

‘‘We are invit­ing the pub­lic to join us as a way of show­ing sup­port for ba­sic hu­man rights. Wear­ing some­thing orange will give added fo­cus to the cause,’’ she said.

‘‘ We’re also host­ing a pub­lic meet­ing at Mata­mata Club from 2-3pm to raise com­mu­nity aware­ness of the in­ci­dence of child prostitution and traf­fick­ing in New Zealand. Hard to be­lieve I know but there is am­ple ev­i­dence to show that it’s alive and well in many New Zealand com­mu­ni­ties.’’

Re­fresh­ments will be of­fered and a koha or gold coin dona­tion would be ap­pre­ci­ated.

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