The Zonta Club of Bundaberg is getting ready for its 16 Days of Activism campaign, with multiple events planned throughout November to shine a spotlight on gender-based violence.
Run each year, the campaign unites Zonta clubs around the world from 25 November to 10 December.
In the lead up to and during the 16 days of action, Zonta Bundaberg will take to the streets, organising a wide range of “orange” events.
According to President Le-Anne Allan, this year's activities come following a successful 2021 campaign.
“Our 16 Days of Activism fundraising 2021 event featured keynote speaker Ms Laura Bos from the Small Steps for Hannah Foundation, which successfully advocated for domestic violence legislative reform resulting in a commitment by the Queensland Government to criminalise coercive control,” she said.
“Since our highly successful event was held last year there have been several more Queensland Government domestic and family violence reforms and initiatives.
“These include the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce which has delivered numerous reports and recommendations, and the Commission of Inquiry has commenced, with recommendations expected by October 2022.”
This year the 16 Days of Activism campaign will officially launch with a special fundraising brunch at The Waves from 9.30 am on 26 November.
Tickets will soon be available online.
The line-up of speakers for the 2022 event include:
- Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd, Domestic, Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Command, Queensland Police Service.
- Sue Clarke, Small Steps for Hannah Foundation
- Tanya O’Shea, Managing Director, IMPACT Community Services
“At the end of the fundraising brunch launch event, guests are encouraged to join the Zonta Club members at Martens Oval where we will conduct a ‘Zonta Says No' walk to highlight our annual 16 Days of Activism Campaign launch,” Le-Anne said.
“Zonta International envisions a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able achieve her full potential.
“In such a world, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men.
“In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.”
Find our more about the Zonta Club of Bundaberg and the campaign here.
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