Taking action: (Front) Leanne Olsen and Mary Goyne toast saying no to violence against women, along with (back, from left) Jen-Rose Holmes, Lois James, June Stewart, Joanne Walker, Mary Johnston, Rosa Hardy and Karen Shepherd at the Warwick Zonta Club meeting.
Taking action: (Front) Leanne Olsen and Mary Goyne toast saying no to violence against women, along with (back, from left) Jen-Rose Holmes, Lois James, June Stewart, Joanne Walker, Mary Johnston, Rosa Hardy and Karen Shepherd at the Warwick Zonta Club meeting.

Zonta Club says no to violence

FOR Mary Goyne, saying no to violence against women is a lot more than just a click of a button.

It is just one cause among many which Zonta International stands for – and one which Mrs Goyne has been a staunch supporter of since the club began 12 years ago.

Mrs Goyne and eight other Warwick Zonta members took a stand for violence against women at the club’s monthly meeting on Tuesday.

The passionate women did this by logging on to www.saynotoviolence.org and urged others to consider doing the same.

“Violence against women is illegal here in Australia but in other countries it’s accepted – we want to change that,” Mrs Goyne said.

She became the 245,808th person worldwide to ‘take action’, with Zonta International proclaiming actions have been lodged from the smallest villages of Pakistan to the streets of Vienna, from Vanuatu to Uganda.

Part of Zonta’s mission statement is to change the status of women worldwide, with many projects also assisting women locally.

“As Zonta members we all contribute on a daily basis to our community but through fundraising and projects we can help women worldwide,” Mrs Goyne said.

“After all, we’re all women of the world and we all have the same things at heart.”

To find out more about Zonta or to join, call 4661 1364 or visit www.zonta.org

Violent facts

Up to 70 per cent of women and girls experience physical or sexual violence from men in their lifetime

In Guatemala, two women are murdered, on average, each day

In Sao Paulo, Brazil, a woman is assaulted every 15 seconds

More than 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18

(Source: UNIFEM)



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