Zonta Club: 16 days of activism against gender-based violence

Domestic Violence

The Zonta Club of Sault Ste Marie has kicked off its 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

It’s the local arm of the international campaign that aims to inspire action to end violence against women and girls.

Last year, the local Zonta Club highlighted the issue of gender-based violence with a display at the public library.

The display consisted of 48 pairs of shoes – a representation of the 48 women who lost their lives to domestic violence in the previous year across Ontario.

“This was a stunning and moving display,” said Sharon Kirkpatrick, the local club president. “Orange is the international colour used by the United Nations and Zonta International for violence against women and girls. Because of COVID-19 this year, we are taking the campaign online, showing 37 pairs of orange shoes in various locations in the area. We want people to understand that these orange shoes represent real women – our daughters, mothers, sisters, aunts and friends.”

The Zonta Club is a global organization of professionals empowering women through service and advocacy.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence runs from November 25 to December 10th.