Zonta Says NO to Violence

Anthea Hingston-Jennings, Felicity Gamble, Beaudesert Showgirl Anna Ferguson, Jennifer Ironside and Michelle Turner.
Anthea Hingston-Jennings, Felicity Gamble, Beaudesert Showgirl Anna Ferguson, Jennifer Ironside and Michelle Turner.

Zonta Beaudesert members are placing orange ladies all over town as they launch their main advocacy project for the year.

Zonta’s ‘Say No to Violence’ is a sixteen day world wide advocacy project which aims to end gendered violence.

Intimate partner violence is one of the most common forms of violence against women and includes physical, sexual and emotional violence as well as controlling behaviour by an intimate partner.

According to Zonta’s web site, over 30,000 women per year are killed by intimate partner violence.

Anthea Hingston-Jennings said the project is related to the United Nations’s campaign to end gendered violence.

“We have about 22 orange ladies that will be placed all over Beaudesert, Canungra, Jimboomba and Boonah in different places.  They have phone numbers and information for assistance with domestic violence.”

Zonta members will also be placing stickers on the back of doors in public toilets with information and phone numbers for assistance.

“Its about raising awareness and providing people with resources in a non-offensive manner.”

Zonta members will have a Watch and Read Club where members will watch or read Jess Hill’s See What You Made Me Do or the Netflix series Maid.

“Coercive control is something that is really publicised at the moment and is new to our vocabulary in terms of what domestic violence can look like.”

Ms Hingston-Jennings said Zonta would like to see a PCYC in Beaudesert running domestic violence related programs as well as their Love Bites program for high school students which teaches what respectful relationships look like.   

If you are experiencing domestic violence call:

DVConnect Womensline – 1800 811 811 

DVConnect Mensline – 1800 600636

1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732

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