ZONTA Beaudesert has launched a campaign to coincide with the United Nations 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
Today Zonta members marched from VK Everydays cafe on Brisbane Street to Mitre 10 on William Street where their banner has been displayed declaring "Zonta says NO to Violence Against Women".
Orange, woman-shaped placards have been displayed around Beaudesert, Boonah and Jimboomba to raise awareness of the campaign, which started on November 25 and will run until December 10.
Chair of Zonta Beaudesert's advocacy committee, Anthea Jennings-Hingston, said the campaign hoped to start a discussion around the fact that that no woman or girl should live in fear of violence.
"We hope the orange ladies around town will create awareness of domestic violence issues and possibly help someone," she said.
"We have 20 orange ladies displayed at medical centres, pharmacies and other visible locations and each provides DV Connect contact numbers for women and men as well as 1800RESPECT."
The orange ladies also provide confronting statistics including the fact that as of November 24, the day before the campaign started, 52 women in Australia had been killed this year by alleged relationship violence.
The key messages of the campaign include:
- Both men and women experience substantial levels of violence
- Domestic, family and sexual violence is overwhelmingly committed by men against women
- The majority of people who experience domestic violence are women
- DV knows no boundaries and occurs in all strata of society