ADVOCACY – DISTRICT 22
- Zonta International, its districts, and its clubs express themselves about and become involved in issues which aim to:
- improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women;
- advance understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of executives in business and the professions; and
- promote justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
These aims align with:
- The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Articles 1-16. Zonta International is currently the only women’s international non- governmental organization (NGO) which focuses solely on Articles 1-16;
- The Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) (Latest update) – especially the 12 Critical Areas of Concern;
- The Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) (latest update) – especially SDG 3 and SDG 5.
Zonta Says NO to Domestic Violence Against Women
Since 2015 Club across the District have actively participated in the world-wide Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign which peaks on 25 November (the UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and runs through to 10 December (the UN Day for Human Rights). During these specific 16 Days of Activism Clubs take action in their local areas with activities to raise the awareness of and impact of domestic violence on women and families. Activities vary from Club to Club with many Club locating orange silhouettes of women in prominent locations and carrying information on the various forms of domestic violence plus information on where assistance can be sought by a woman (or a man) experiencing domestic and family violence.
Clubs also use large banners to broaden the message that violence is unacceptable to the broader community and many local structures are lit orange for all or part of the 16 Days of Activism. Orange is the colour used as it is a bright and optimistic colour and represents a future free from violence against women and girls as is consistent with the UN Secretary-General’s campaign which has proclaimed the 25th of each month as “Orange Day” to raise awareness and take action against violence against women and girls.
For more information on the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women Click here.
Formal District 22 Submissions on major topics
District 22 Submission to the Queensland Anti-Bullying Taskforce
Submission to the Honourable the Premier with copies to the Attorney-General and Minister for Justices, the Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Report has now been released and the Government’s response and can be accessed here
District 22 Submission Submission to Premier’s Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland
District 22 submitted a detailed submission to this Taskforce. Refer to the Attachments below for full details of our Submission
Beijing Platform for Action: Beijing +20 Review
Our District, on behalf of all Australian Zontians, sent an extensive submission to the Government on the Beijing Platform for Action: Beijing +20 Review. Our submission was sent to the Prime Minister, the Honourable Tony Abbott, the Leader of the Opposition, the Honourable Bill Shorten and all relevant Ministers and Shadow Ministers.
A copy of our submission and attachments is below.
Advocacy on funding for DFV Shelters and Provision of Low Rental Housing
Using the provisions of Article XIII Section 10 (b) of our by-laws which enables the Board to make decisions on behalf of the District between Conferences, the District Board felt it was important that Zonta’s views on these matters be brought to the attention of the Premier before the budget session of the Queensland Parliament (4 to 7 June 2013).
The letter below has been forwarded to the Premier of Queensland and to the relevant Ministers and other Queensland parliamentarians whose positions are listed at the end of the letter.
Clubs in District 22 should refer to the Advocacy Committee page in Members Resources for the process to be followed in progressing their advocacy initiatives.
Zonta International Advocacy