You may have recently noticed a group of wooden ladies on the corner of McDowall and Quintin streets. Three white and one orange. The point of these women is to highlight the 2012 campaign, Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women.
The campaign is aimed at raising awareness of the global issue of women's rights violations and has united Zonta clubs worldwide in conducting impact advocacy actions to fight gender inequality.
During the 16 days of activism, November 25 to December 10, all Zonta clubs and districts are encouraged to take part in the campaign and take local, national and international actions to influence the making and implementation of laws that improve the lives of women.
"These simple wooden figures represent the powerful message from the Zonta Club of Roma, Zonta says no to violence,” Zonta member Heather Hall said.
"One in four women are subjected to violence at some time in their lives, this can be emotional, physical, financial or sexual in nature and there is no typical victim of violence, it affects women from every walk of life, on every continent and every race.”
Last year was the first time the Zonta Club of Roma used the wooden ladies as part of the 16 days of activism, which were subsequently subjected to an attack by vandals.
"This is a poignant message to everyone that violence is evident, even in our local community,” Ms Hall said.
The Roma Zonta club hopes the wooden ladies will send the message that everyone is entitled to live a life free from violence.
Across the world Zonta clubs are working towards creating sustainable foundations to address human trafficking, violence, child marriage and female genital mutilation practices.
"Public awareness such as this campaign can mobilise everyone to give some thought about this message and join with your local community to advocate for a world free of violence and discrimination,” Ms Hall said.
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