“We have taken the Clothesline Project one step further. We’ve dyed many, many T-shirts orange and distributed them to members to decorate with slogans and then hang them on their front fence, letterbox or prominent places where they can be seen by passers-by as well as photographed for the Clothesline Project.” Zonta Geelong tell us what the ‘Orange the World’ and the ‘Clothesline Project’ are all about.
“It’s all part of the 16 days of activism which starts on 25 November, The day of Elimination of Violence Against Women, through to 10 December, Human Rights Day. The 16 Days of Activism is against Gender-Based Violence and aims to raise public awareness and mobilize people around the globe to bring about change.
“This year, the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign invites you to ‘Orange the world’, using the colour designated by the UNiTE campaign to symbolize a brighter future without violence.
“Orange events are planned in more than 70 countries around the world, ahead of and throughout the 16 days. They will include the orange lighting of major landmarks like Niagara Falls (Canada/USA), the European Commission building (Belgium) and the Council of Europe building (France), the archaeological ruins at Petra (Jordan), the Presidential Palace in Brasilia (Brazil), and the Palais de Justice (Democratic Republic of the Congo).
“You can join us to ‘Orange the World’ by hanging orange from our clotheslines or outside your homes. Orange streamers could be hung from your car aerials.
“Everyone is invited to join us when we walk along the waterfront on Thursday 25th November 5-7pm, starting at Cunningham Pier. Wear orange and bring your streamers.
“Have you seen the four ‘Orange the World’ community signs around town? They raise awareness about the need to eliminate violence against women.
“Come along to the Humans in Geelong Expo on Sunday 5th December from 10-3pm at the Geelong Racecourse in Orange and say hi to Zonta.”