Walking the talk on violence against women
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.