Zonta Clubs around the world unite for 16 Days of Activism, 25 November to 10 December each year, to highlight the Zonta International Campaign to eliminate violence against women and girls. 25 November each year is the United Nations Day for the elimination of violence against women and 10 December, United Nations Day for Human Rights

In the lead up to and during the 16 days of action, clubs take to the streets of their neighbourhoods, towns and cities organising a wide range of “orange events” to emphasize the importance of individual and community activism to end violence


The United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women has proclaimed the 25th of each month as ‘Orange Day’, a day to raise awareness and take action against violence against women and girls.


  • Both men and women experience substantial levels of violence;
  • Domestic, Family and sexual violence is overwhelmingly committed by men against women;
  • The majority of people who experience domestic violence are women; and
  • DV knows no boundaries and occurs in all strata of society.

A special emphasis in the 2020-2022 Zonta Biennium is raising awareness of the incidence of Child Marriage.  Whilst often this is thought of in terms only of developing countries or based on religious customs and beliefs despite Australia having laws prohibiting marriage for minors under 18 years of age without parental and court permission child marriage does occur in Australia.

We need to change our attitude about women and our behaviour to build respectful and positive relationships.


Placement of “Orange” women (plywood cut outs) in prominent locations e.g. businesses, ferry terminals, libraries etc. These silhouettes have information on violence against women as well as safety information for victims of domestic violence.

Hold functions with special guest speakers to provide information and statistics on the incidence of domestic and family violence and the support services available to victims of violence.Print and distribute community Information (Safety Cards) with emergency phone numbers for those who may be in a violent situation

Displays in Libraries, shopping malls and sporting venues during November/December

Sponsor the training of facilitators to conduct the school based “LoveBites” program which covers respectful relationships

Ask Government and Councils to support the campaign by lighting buildings and bridges orange during the campaign




A major fellowship and advocacy walk on 22 November (subject to COVID-19 restrictions) through the streets of Brisbane to highlight the campaign.  Zontians, friends (including four-footeds on leashes) and the wider community are invited to attend this Advocacy and Fellowship walk commencing from King George Square at 6.00 pm.    The full walk should take between 1.and 1.5 hours and the half walk 2.3km about 30-45 minutes.

  • 21 November 2022 – “Paint the Bayside Orange” Breakfast with Guest Speaker, Wynnum Manly Leagues Club
  • 21 November -2 December 2022 – Zonta Says NO Banner hung across the Story Bridge inbound
  • 22-24 November 2022 – Sandgate Town Hall lit orange
  • 22 November 2022 – City Hall and King George Square lit orange
  • 21-25 November 2022 – LightBox in King George Square
  • 22 November 2022 – Zonta Says NO Walk around the City commencing from King George Square at 6.00pm followed by fellowship at the Pig and Whistle, King George Square
  • 22-24 November 2022 – Story Bridge lit orange
  • 22-24 November 2022 – Victoria Bridge lit orange 22-24 November 2022 – Breakfast Creek Bridge lit orange
  • 22-24 November 2022 – Wickham Terrace Car Park lit orange
  • 21-26 November 2022 – Kurilpa Bridge lit orange
  • 22-24 November 2022 – Story Bridge lit orange
  • 24 November – 10 December 2022 – Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges lit orange
  • 22-24 November 2022 – Reddacliff Place sculptures lit orange
  • 22-24 November 202 – Treasury Casino lit orange
  • 3 December 2022 – Day of activities at the Judith Wright Centre organised by Chrysalis Projects


  • Post for 16 days a ZSN message on club’s Facebook page
  • 25 November -10 December 2022 – Banners displayed
  • Static display of ZSN materials in prominent town window location
  • Movie night “In Time of the Butterflies”


  • 26 November 2022 – Brunch at 9.30am-12pm Campaign launch at The Waves Club Bundaberg
  • Following Brunch Zonta Says NO walk  around soccer ground adjacent to The Waves Club
  • Lighting of the Fig Trees, Multiples Centre, Auswide Bank in Orange
  • Produce Zonta Bundaberg 16 Days of Activism Magazine
    Zonta Bundaberg 2022 16 Days of Activism Magazine
  • 25November-10 December 2022 – Visit our Facebook page for releases


  • Banner displayed on St Francis’ school on main highway
  • Water in the fountain on main street turned orange
  • Photos taken in participating local businesses with orange lady cut out. The business owners will hold a sign showing their support for the Zonta Says No campaign
  • Article with photos in the local newspaper during the 16 Days of Activism


  • 14 November 2022 – Banner at the Health & Well Being Expo, Bentley Park College
  • 25 November -10 December – Banner display Cairns City Council Library & The Raintrees Library
  • Displays in all libraries across Cairns region from Mossman to Gordonvale
  • Media messages across neon signs in  front of Joe Vella’s Insurance Office and The Jack
  • Distribution of information and safety packs to Youth Support Co-Ordinators
  • Displays in hairdressers  and coffee shops
  • Brochure display in Breast Screen Cairns
  • Orange silhouettes displayed at Hambledon House and Bentley Park College
  • Interview on community radio
  • Social Media campaign


  • 24 November 2022 Capaign Launch, Tulmur Place with speaker and invited dignities
  • Council Building in Nicholas Street lit orange
  • Red Bench placed in Tulmur Place

Northern Rivers

  • Banner on the Bruxner Highway in Lismore
  • 20 orange silhouettes displayed in shops, business and cafes
  • Social media campaign


  • 21 November – 11 December 2022 Banners displayed at Redcliffe Youth Space Cnr Anzac Ave and Oxley Ave Redcliffe; Bi-Centennial Park Hornibrook Esp Clontarf; Mango Hill Light Horse Monument – Anzac Ave Mango Hill and John Neumann Hall Deception Bay Rd Deception Bay
  • 25 November – 10 December 2022  Redcliffe Administration Building; Caboolture Hub; Humpybong Fountain; Scarborough Beach Park and Various Trees around the Peninsula lit orange
  • November 25 – Breakfast, The Komo, Natalie Hinton (Tara Brown Foundation)
  • December 10 – Flag raising ceremony -Redcliffe Administration Building
  • 25 November – 10 December 2022 Displays in Redcliffe Library, Deception Bay Library, North Lakes Library and orange silhouettes in various businesses
  • Social media campaign involving businesses and individuals


  • Orange lighting of heritage buildings in Rockhampton
  • Orange lighting of structures on the Capricorn Coast
  • ZSN banners hung in strategic positions in Rockhampton
  • Distribution of ‘The Little Book of Healthy Relationships “ – a booklet with information about DFV, produced in conjunction with CQ Healthy Families
  • 24 November 2022 Event at the Blue Illusion store in Stockland shopping centre
  • Social Media campaign


  • 25 November-10 December 2022 Zonta Says No banner to be displayed over Margaret St
  • Victoria Street Bridge lit orange 25-10 December 2022
  • 16 white ladies with message will be displayed in business houses and this year with white veils advocating the message: Girls not Brides Zonta Says No to Child Marriage.
  • Flag Raising ceremony to be held on 9 December 2022 from 7am to 8.30 am on the Village Green, Ruthven St, Toowoomba to commemorate Human Rights Day.

Wynnum Redlands

  • Cleveland Lighthouse lit orange
  • 30 November 2022 – handing out information at Cleveland Train Station
  • 7 December 2022 – handing out information at Manly Train Station

To find out more about this global campaign visit the Zonta Says No website.