- 25 November to 10 December
Zonta Club of Bendigo
The Bendigo Club’s Service and Advocacy committee has been working in collaboration with the City Council, Victoria police and other organisations to organise a community response to White Ribbon Day to commence the 16 days of activism against gendered violence. On Friday 24 and Saturday 25 November club members attended local cricket matches where the Associations had agreed to get players to swear to eliminate violence prior to their match. See Bendigo Advertiser report.
The “Bendigo Walks Against Violence” event was held on Monday 27. Bendigo Zontians proudly represented the club selling white ribbons in the Ulumbarra Theatre foyer before the start of the community event. A crowd of around 500 was assailed by guest speaker Tarang Chawla’s heart rendering account of his sister Nikita’s murder by her husband and the impact of domestic violence on their family. See Bendigo Advertiser report.
Following the guest speaker the crowd walked behind their banners through the town to the civic gardens.
Zonta Club of Perth
27th Annual Domestic Violence March, held in Perth, to coincide with the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism.
Zonta Club of Bunbury
Bunbury Zontians spent White Ribbon Day at The Bunbury Forum, distributing White Ribbons and advocating to end violence against women and girls.
It was fantastic to have men distributing ribbons with us – a first for the club.
Zonta Club of Devonport
The Zonta Club of Devonport has been enthusiastically involved for four years with members of CWA, Inner Wheel, Soroptomist’s clubs in the quest to highlight the elimination of domestic violence against women.
In 2017 the Devonport community members walked together against the scourge of domestic violence. To emphasise that domestic violence in the local community will not be tolerated, White Ribbons with names and statements to support the elimination of DV were tied on branches of trees and railings.
Zonta Club of Swan Hills
Swan Hills members joined the “Midland March That Matters – White Ribbon Day” which incorporates all the agencies of the area which deal with the impact of domestic violence. This was followed by and event with guest speakers, stalls and a sausage sizzle entitled “Stand up Speak Out and Shift the Blame”.
Zonta Club of Port Lincoln
The November meeting was held with a White Ribbon focus to highlight the awareness of violence against women and children. The guest speaker was the CEO of Yarredi Service which provides support, counselling and safe accommodation for abused women and children.
Zonta Club of Peel
In Western Australia domestic homicide accounts for a quarter of all murders annually, with between 18 and 24 women perishing every year at the hands of a family member.
At 10am on Friday 24 November 2017, members and friends of the Zonta Club of Peel, together with representative of the local community, gathered for a rally to remember and honour those who have died as a result of domestic violence.
At the conclusion of formalities and proudly wearing their Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women vest, an estimated 200 women and men marched to commemorate the victims and recognise this tragic loss of life.
Zonta Club of Gawler
The Zonta Club of Gawler and Chibos supported White Ribbon Day with Zontians proudly displaying the message on their shirts.