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



Article in Bundaberg Today 5 November 2020 

Article in Bundaberg Today

Channel 7 New Bulletin re Zonta Cub of Maryborough ZSN Campaign

Statement by the Mayor Greg Williamson, Mackay Regional Council, during Council meeting at MECC

Articles in View of the Valleys magazine (Biloela)

Article in Noosa News Today




A major fellowship and advocacy walk on 24 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.  Potential photo stops are marked on the attached map.

21-25 November 2021 – Sandgate Town Hall lit orange
22 November -5 December 2021 – Zonta Says NO Banner hung across the Storey Bridge outbound
22-24 November 2021 – City Hall and King George Square lit orange
22-26 November 2021 – LightBox in King George Square
24 November 2021 – 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 2021 – Story Bridge lit orange
22-24 November 2021 – Victoria Bridge lit orange
23-24 November 2021 – Kurilpa Bridge lit orange
22-24 November 2021 – Story Bridge lit orange
24 November – 10 December 2021 – Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges lit orange
22-24 November 2021 – Reddacliff Place sculptures lit orange
22-24 November 2021 – Treasury Casino lit orange
23 November 2021 – “Paint the Bayside Orange” Breakfast with Guest Speaker, Wynnum Manly Leagues Club Tickets @ https://zontatickets.com.au/event/14606
25 November 2021 – ZSN Breakfast at Pilpel Restaurant, Redcliffe
30 November -2 December LoveBites Trauma Informed Facilitator training (fully booked)
2 December 2021 – Breakfast at The Greek Club, South Brisbane – Women in Action – an Orange the World – 16 days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence breakfast event Tickets @ https://zontatickets.com.au/event/14483

2020 Actions (2021 plans are being added progressively)


  • From Saturday 21st November host an information table and a raffle at the local shopping world with an Orange woman silhouette with 16 Day information
  • 23 November Club Charter celebrations
  • 25-10 Dec – orange women silhouettes placed in shopping world and Main street of shops. The Orange Women silhouettes will have some info graphics about different types of violence, which will change every few days. The orange woman in the shopping centre will be there for the entire 16 days the other will move around about 4 of the shops in the street over the period of time.
  • Conduct  a ‘selfie competition’ to engage the public with 4 x $10 vouchers up for grabs for the local coffee shops.  The public are being asked to take a photo with the silhouette in Kariboe Street and post it to the Club FB page along with a comment from each on why they feel this awareness is important
  • All graphics and other online material will be shared on online throughout the 16 days.

Blackall Range

  • At the beginning of 2020, Zonta Blackall Range joined with other local service clubs (Quota, Rotary and Lions) to establish a local focus for the fight against domestic and family violence through a committee called SPEAK UP NOW. The work of SPEAK UP NOW is ongoing and we will be committing our action for Zonta Says No to this campaign. At any functions during that time, we will use our Zonta Says No banner.
  • Distributing stickers to public women and men’s toilets with details of phone numbers for women to ring in case of domestic violence.


  • Display of ZSN materials
  • Banner on local business fence


  • 25 November at 5.30pm Campaign launch at the Multiplex Sport and Convention Centre 


  • Furnished the interview room  and the waiting room at the Ayr Police Station to be more friendly – added pictures, plants, display bench  for pamphlets to the interview room  and added pillows, plants and toys  to the waiting room.
  • 25 November through 10 December display in the Ayr Library with Zonta information pamphlets, 16 days of Activism information posters, a display of 2 red boxes with red shoes and the names of women who have died, 1 blue box with blue shoes for the men and 1 white box representing the children who have died  due to DV.
  • Interview published in local paper on 26 November
  • Orange women silhouettes on display. `
  • Postings on Facebook

Charters Towers

  • Orange lighting at City Hall
  • Photo at City Hall on 17 November 2021 with Councillors
  • “Zonta Says No” banner & display at Excelsior Library
  • Window display at Titley’s department store
  • Orange silhouettes on top veranda at Police Station
  • Release of DV wallet cards
  • Publicity through The Northern Miner
  • Daily Face Book posts


  • ZSN Banner displays recognising the number of women killed byy domestic violence 
  • Prominent displays of orange silhouettes

Hervey Bay

  • Placement of orange ladies in strategic locations
  • Social media campaign
  • Boho event (details to follow)


  • Launch, Limelight Cinemas, showing the film Seven Times
  • Virtual campaign with a different release each day
  • Large billboard in Ipswich to display Ipswich Zonta and the Orange Ladies
  • Birthing kits assembly day with Ipswich Girls Grammar
  • Ipswich City Council Chambers to be lit in orange from 25 November to 30 November 2021
  • Orange Ladies to be displayed in businesses throughout Ipswich
  • Activities with DVA


  • 25 November – 10 December Iconic water tower lit orange
  • The tail of the 747 in the Qantas Founders Museum to be lit orange
  • 3 large Orange ladies and 5 small orange ladies displayed at various retail outlets in the main street


  • 25 November -10 December 2020 placing our Orange silhouettes around the community
  • Use Facebook page to promote 16 day theme and to post photos of our Orange silhouettes
  • Have a community display at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital on the 2nd December 2020


  • The City Hall lit up in orange and the Digital Board in the CBD will display the 16 Days of Activism, Zonta Says No message
  • Orange ladies with relevant messages and help line are being placed in local businesses
  • The Zonta Say No Banner will be moved every second day to a prominent position in the main streets of our city.
  • The 4 senior schools/colleges are partnering with the Club to raise the profile to a younger demographic.  The schools are having a free dress day on 4 consecutive days – dressing in orange and having a gold coin collection. The school will choose the organisation to give the funds to in line with Zonta aims. Each school has come up with their own unique way of promoting the day and are doing different things for example one school is lining their students up in the word “NO”, whilst another is using their drone to fly over the students in the oval.

Mount Isa

  • ZSN Breakfast 20 November


  • Advocacy walk along the Noosa River at Gympie Terrace on 29 November 2020 commencing at 8.00am.  Maroochy Club, Rotary and the Noosa Women’s Circle have been invited to join the walk
  • Engage with Noosa Council and other Community spaces (shopping centres and the Noosa Marina) to install Women’s and Men’s toilet door signs
  • Engage with Noosa Council to light up trees in Hasting St and Thomas Corner in orange.
  • Posts on ’Facebook Link: Zonta Club of Noosa

Northern Rivers

  • ZSN Banner displayed on roundabout near Bunnings, Ballina
  • A walk in Ballina (subject to COVID reestrictions0


  • 13 November – A business breakfast was held at The BRT (Bracken Ridge Tavern, 6.30 for 7am to 8.30am.
  • Both the Sandgate Town Hall and The BRT were lit orange this year


  • 25 November-10 December 2020 “Virtual Orange Ladies” social media campaign posts by businesses who usually host lady silhouettes
  • 25 November -10 December 2020 – DV Phone Collection drive, for victims of DV
  • 25 November- 10 December 2020 – Zonta Says No Banners at Deception Bay and Redcliffe
  • 25 November – 10 December 2020 – Orange lighting on the Airport Flyover
  • Orange lighting MBRC buildings in Redcliffe
  • 25 November 2020 – Orange ladies Zonta Place, Clontarf display
  • 20 November 2020 – Participate in Moreton Bay Says NO to Family Violence campaign
  • 27 November 2020 – Fundraising Brunch with Federal Member for Petrie The Hon Luke Howarth, funding to benefit our local DV support initiatives
  • 11 December 2020 – United Nations Human Rights Day/ End of 16 Days of Activism wrap function  


  • 25 November – 10 December Orange lighting of the heritage façade buildings in Quay St
  • 25 November – 11 December Display at Rockhampton South Library
  • 24 November – 14 December  ZSN banner displayed at RRC site Colts Ruby Union, opposite Kershaw Gardens (busy highway)
  • Orange ladies positioned in various businesses – Bluebird Sports Club, Paint Inspirations, CQ Agencies
  • 22 November – Stall at Arcade Markets

Capricorn Coast:

  • 25 November – 10 December – Orange lighting of the Yeppoon foreshore lights, Wreck Point Lookout & Singing Ship Emu Park
  • Display at the Yeppoon library
  • 24 November – 8 December ZSN banner hung in Beaman Park, Yeppoon CBD
  • Orange ladies at Paint Inspirations


  • Banner displayed in town
  • Orange silhouettes in prominent places
  • Assembling Pamper Pack in the Piazza
  • Participating in the Stanthorpe Fun Run


  • Zonta Toowoomba have a large orange banner across Margaret Street for the 16 Days of Activism.
  • Flag Raising Ceremony beside the Town Hall on the 10 December 2020


  • 4 x Orange Ladies to be dressed with messages about Zonta and the Says NO campaign, Gender Equity, How 16 Days Started, UN info
  • Zonta Says NO Eye banner placement at Cowboys Leagues Club in the city plus hopefully Large Orange Zonta Says NO banner to be placed at one of the Townsville Landmarks for the duration
  • Community Space at Community Information Centre on 2 days where we will be holding a Mastectomy Cushion stuffing morning for public to participate if they desire.
  • Visual display and a donation Tub at the Community Information Centre for fabric for Mastectomy Cushions as fund raising has been much harder in 2020.
  • Zonta Says NO Bumper Stickers available for sale
  • Zonta Says NO Personal Alarms available for sale
  • Bunnings Sausage Sizzle on Sunday 6th December – Members wearing Zonta Says NO shirts and caps
  • 6 x Townsville Landmarks to be lit ORANGE. These landmarks will be lit for 14 of the 16 days starting on 25th November – Townsville sign; Victoria Bridge; Wharton Reef
    Lighthouse; George Roberts Bridge; Old Magistrates Court House; and Little Fletcher Bridge
  • Joint Townsville Metro and Townsville Inc – photo opportunity on 25th November at the new Townsville Stadium which will be lit Orange for the night. Zonta banners displayed on digital pylons
  • Joint Townsville Inc and Townsville Metro – A Shoe Display to represent the number of women and children killed through domestic violence to date in 2020
  • Social media campaign


  • 6 orange silhouettes placed around town  with one each also going around Allora and Killarney
  • The Southern Downs Regional Council has set up 2 Red Benches, one in Stanthorpe and the other in Warwick and plan to have orange silhouette sitting on the bench some of the time
  • The orange silhouettes will hold our locally printed DV information cards and other brochures.
  • Planning to draw a fund raising Top to Toe  raffle at one of the contributing businesses that hosts and orange lady and use this as publicity.


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