The Zonta Club of Gladstone held a White Ribbon Day breakfast this week to kick off the Zonta Says NO to violence against women campaign and the 16 Days of Activism. Click here to see photos.
Residents will see 78 orange cutouts in the shape of a woman placed around Gladstone by Zonta, over the next 16 days starting on White Ribbon Day.
Zonta president Catherine Benson said the signs represent each woman who has died in Australia so far this year through domestic and family violence.
“The club’s goal is to advocate for the prevention of violence and protection of women in the Gladstone Region and across Australia,” Ms Benson said.
“By displaying these cutouts we aim to show the community visually, the shocking numbers, but by no means diminish each victims story and their life that was lost.
Ms Benson said Zonta and the Gladstone Men’s Shed worked together on the project.
“The cutouts were created by Gladstone Men’s Shed Association which we then placed around Gladstone to be seen by the public as they drive or walk by,” she said.
“We all know the numbers are terrible, and we all need to do something about it.”
Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women runs from November 25 to December 10 and focuses on service and advocacy actions that prevent and end violence against women and girls in local communities.
For the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, Zonta International and its local clubs encourage focus on prevention, protection and prosecution related to Gender Violence.