Dinner to kick off campaign to end gender-based violence

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: Sharon Potts from Yarredi and Jo Hay from the Zonta Club of Port Lincoln.

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: Sharon Potts from Yarredi and Jo Hay from the Zonta Club of Port Lincoln.

Orange reminders are appearing around Port Lincoln as part of a campaign to highlight the prevalence of violence against women in the community

The 16 Days of Activism campaign will be launched locally with a dinner at the Port Lincoln Yacht Club on Monday, November 25 where guest speaker professor Sarah Wendt will discuss some of her research on the impacts of domestic violence, particularly in rural areas.

The Zonta Club of Port Lincoln in collaboration with the Port Lincoln Domestic And Family Violence Action Group is hosting the dinner to celebrate the start of 16 Days of Activism for the end of gender-based violence.

Zonta Port Lincoln president Jo Hay said Zonta envisioned a world where no woman lived in fear of violence and it was important for services and organisations to work together to achieve this.

"No one person, organisation, agency or community can eliminate gender-based violence on their own," Mrs Hay said.

"We must work together to educate and encourage our entire population to become involved in prevention of such violence, support victims/survivors and their families, and increase support for agencies providing services to those community members."

The theme for the campaign this year is 'leave no one behind' and domestic violence support service Yarredi Services' chief executive officer Sharyn Potts said the best way to help someone experiencing domestic violence was to offer support without judgement or expectation.

"For a woman who is experiencing domestic violence it's really important to just support her without judging and without expecting her to act in a certain way - for example expecting her to leave."

Mrs Potts said awareness of domestic violence in the community was growing but there needed to be more understanding about what it was like to experience it.

"If you don't need to know about it you don't want to know about it.

"It needs to become recognised that it's actually a human rights issue."

The 16 Days Of Activism campaign is a United Nations annual event to eliminate domestic violence against women, with people around the world uniting to raise awareness about gender-based violence, challenge discriminatory attitudes and call for improved laws and services to end violence against women.

Orange is the theme colour and the Port Lincoln silos will be lit up orange throughout the 16 days of the campaign.

The Port Lincoln council is also changing the foreshore uplighting to orange.

'Orange ladies' are also appearing around town as reminders that violence against women is prevalent in the local community but also there is hope that with education and support this may recognised and eliminated.

The 16 Days of Activism Dinner will be at the Port Lincoln Yacht Club on Monday, November 25 at 6.30pm. Tickets are $50 from SA Tickets: satickets.com.au/event/10327.