The Zonta Club of Guelph’s 16 Days of Activism campaign is underway.
Between November 25 and December 10, the club encourages the public to wear orange to support an end to gender-based violence.
Spokeswoman Tanya Tagwerker says the goal of the campaign is to raise awareness.
“Our hope is that through education, awareness and programming we can make a difference,” said Tagwerker.
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“If we reflect on our thought processes, even in the last 40 years, and look at where we have come in the last 40 years when it comes to equality for women and girls, we have come a long way.”
The Zonta Club and the city of Guelph turned orange lights on in Market Square during an opening ceremony on November 24. Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis raised awareness by raising a Wrapped in Courage flag at City Hall that same day.
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For the remainder of the campaign, the lights in Market Square will glow orange from dusk to dawn in support of women and children facing violence.
Tagwerker said there are many ways the community can get involved and show their support.
“We post daily actions on our social media,” he said. “If you follow our social networks, you can find little ways and things that you can do (to participate).”
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She added that people can also contact Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis, plus you may consider becoming a member of the Zonta Club.
The Zonta Club will participate in a vigil in Marianne Park on December 6 at 6:30 pm, hosted by Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis.
The vigil is an opportunity to remember the 14 lives lost in the L’Ecole Polytechnique massacre, as well as every woman and girl who lost their lives to violence this year.
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