In the news: Zonta Club of Guelph raises awareness during 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Between November 25 and December 10, the Zonta Club of Guelph, Canada, encourages the public to wear orange in support of ending gender-based violence.

Spokesperson Tanya Tagwerker says the campaign’s goal is to raise awareness.

“Our hope is that through education, awareness and programming that we can make a difference,” Tagwerker said.

“If we reflect on our thought processes, even in the last 40 years, and to look at where we have come in the last 40 years as far as equality for women and girls, we’ve come a long way.”

The Zonta Club and the City of Guelph turned the lights orange in Market Square during an opening ceremony on Nov 24. Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis generated awareness by raising a Wrapped in Courage flag at City Hall that same day.

For the remainder of the campaign, the lights in Market Square will be lit in orange from dusk until dawn in support of women and children who face violence.

Tagwerker said there are many ways the community can participate and show its support.

“We are posting daily actions on our social media,” she said. “If you follow our social media, you can find little ways and things that you can do (to participate).”

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