The Zonta Club of Bowen and the Zonta Club of Townsville Metro have noticed a shift toward less tolerance for domestic violence in their cities and have launched an advocacy program to increase awareness even more about violence against women.
After gathering information from legal and counseling services, the clubs produced a Safety Tips for Women and Girls brochure, in an effort to help women and girls to feel safer in their communities.
The brochure highlights issues of physical safety for women and girls, raising awareness of the signs of abuse in a relationship, e-safety and the misuse of technology to bully, harass, abuse and stalk women and girls online. Contact details for a range of local support services are also included.
The project was first unveiled at a movie premiere, as well as distributed to community organizations and groups in Bowen and Collinsville. Bowen State High School introduced the safety tips to students as part of their curriculum.
When the content was shared among District 22, Area 5 Zonta clubs, the Zonta Club of Townsville Metro distributed 11,000 brochures to over 60 organizations and businesses around Townsville, including schools, community services, sports clubs, universities, and hospitals.
Brochures have also been made available to Townsville police officers and the Zonta Club of Townsville Metro continues to receive requests for additional copies to be placed in university residences and hospital departments.