White Ribbon Day and 16 Days of Activism

25 November to 10 December
Multiple locations


White Ribbon Day is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.  In Australia 1 in 3 women has experienced physical or sexual assault in her lifetime.

Zonta Clubs in District 23 Clubs have supported White Ribbon Day and the 16 days of activism which aim to raise public awareness of gender based violence and mobilise people everywhere to bring about change.

Message from District 23 Governor, Judy Gorton

Dear District 23 Zontians, from Saturday 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to Sunday 10 December Human Rights Day, we acknowledge the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign 

As you are aware this is a global campaign to raise awareness about violence against women and its impact on a woman’s physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being. These two dates above also highlight that violence against women is a human rights abuse.   It  is a time to galvanize our action as Zontians to end violence against women and girls around the world.  

Quote from International President Sonja Hönig Schough: 

Violence against women is a worldwide pandemic – it crosses every social and economic class, every religion, race and ethnicity. At least one out of every three women worldwide have experienced violence during their lifetime. We in Zonta International cannot accept this – we need to use all our energy to eradicate violence against women locally and internationally through service and advocacy. “