Say no to vi­o­lence

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE - Carly Cullen [email protected]­

ZONTA’S 16 Days of Ac­tivism means a sea of or­ange to start an im­por­tant con­ver­sa­tion.

The Zonta Club of Caloun­dra City is par­tic­i­pat­ing in 16 Days of Ac­tivism be­gan on In­ter­na­tional Day for the Elim­i­na­tion of Vi­o­lence Against Women, Novem­ber 25, with a race day at Cor­bould Park and cul­mi­nat­ing on Hu­man Rights Day, De­cem­ber 10.

The ini­tia­tive is global but on our home turf the Caloun­dra club will set up or­ange sig­nage at Kawana Sta­dium draw­ing at­ten­tion to Zonta’s mes­sage: to gal­vanise ac­tion to end vi­o­lence against women and girls in our com­mu­nity and around the world.

Sun­shine Coast Falcon’s will of­fer sup­port over the fort­night and in­di­vid­u­als are also en­cour­aged to raise aware­ness sur­round­ing the is­sue.

Zonta Club of Caloun­dra City mem­ber Jo-Anne Ash­burner said the club has been work­ing on solutions to sup­port women in vi­o­lent sit­u­a­tions. “We have built a cou­ple of safe houses which opened in the last 18 months for women and chil­dren af­fected by DV,” she said.

The club’s work can be over­whelm­ing ac­cord­ing to Ms Ash­burner, but the mem­bers fo­cus on the small dif­fer­ences they can make in­stead of the enor­mity of the prob­lem.

“Start with young chil­dren, talk about re­spect­ful re­la­tion­ships with them­selves and each other.

“The 16 days cements that Zonta says no to vi­o­lence against women,” said Ms Ash­burner. For more info, visit www.face­ zon­tacaloun­dra.


TAK­ING AC­TION: Caloun­dra Zonta women Mar­i­lyn, Cathy, Mary and Kelly are part of the club’s cam­paigns.

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