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


In 2019 this included the following:

Post on Brisbane Circle Facebook page
Article and photo in the Queensland Times 16 November 2019
Media article & Photo in the Gladstone Observer
Radio interview Radio 102.7 Toowoomba
Article & Photo in the Beaudesert Times
Fraser Coast Chronicle 2 December 2019




A major fellowship and advocacy walk is planned for 24 November (subject to COVID-19 restrictions) through the streets of Brisbane to highlight the campaign.  Zonians, friends (including four-footeds on leashes) and the wider community aree invited to attend this Advocacy and Fellowship walk commencing from King George Square at 5.45 pm.  Check back later for confirmation of this fellowship walk. .

23 November -6 December 2020 – Zonta Says NO Banner hung across the Storey Bridge outbound
24 November 2020 – City Hall and King George Square lit orange
24 November 2020 – 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 To be confirmed
18-19 November 2019 – Story Bridge lit orange
23-25 November 2020 – Victoria Bridge lit orange
23-25 November 2020 – Kurilpa Bridge lit orange
23-25 November 2020 – Story Bridge lit orange
23-25 November 2020 – Reddacliff Place sculptures lit orange
23-25 November 20209 – Treasury Casino lit orange
18-23 November 2019 – Tropical Dome lit orange
23 November 2020 – “Paint the Bayside Orange” Breakfast with Guest Speaker, Wynnum Manly Leagues Club

Blackall Range

  • Distributing stickers to public women and men’s toilets with details of phone numbers for women to ring in case of domestic violence.

Charters Towers

  • City Hall to be lit orange
  • Zonta Says No banner will be hung from the balcony of the Excelsior Library and a display of Zonta Says No material will be set up inside the Library.
  • Zonta Says No window display will occur at a doctor’s surgery, located prominently in the main street.
  • Business size cards with contact numbers for relevant support organisations for women under threat placeds doctors’ surgeries, pharmacies, etc so the cards may be discreetly collected by women who may be experiencing violence.
  • Placement of three large orange ladies with a “Zonta Says No” poster on them  displayed in strategic positions around the townDisplay banner and use of electronic notice board displays
  • Regular Facebook updates during the campaign

 Hervey Bay

  • Raise awareness about gender-based violence, during the 16 Days of Activism through a media campaign that highlights the good work of so many in our community.  To do this we will be partnering with other organisations including the DV Alliance and Uniting Care Community
  • On 13 October 2020 launched a purple bench and advise community about the project and invite them to participate.
  • Placement of orange ladies in strategic locations


  • The Ipswich Civic Centre will be lit in Orange for the 16 Days.  The launch will take place on 23 November, hopefully with the Ipswich mayor or a local councillor
  • A virtual campaign and an electronic board in a public place will be used to promote the 16 Days of Activisms
  • Members will take an orange lady and photograph themselves in different locations and with different people, and use social media to raise awareness.


  • 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


  • 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.r


  • Advocacy walk along the Noosa River at Gympie Terrace on 29 November. 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


  • 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.


  • 21 November-10 December 2018 – Display at Rockhampton Airport
  • 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
  • 8 December – 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


  • 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 202


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