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Dv Survivor To Speak At Activism Breakfast

Story: Panayiota
Published On : Oct 25, 2023
DV Survivor To Speak At Activism Breakfast
Advocacy and awareness; two words where one can’t be seen or heard of without the other, because the truth is, we cannot advocate what we don’t know about.

Zonta Club of Redcliffe (ZCR) has been raising awareness and advocating for women for over 43 years.

They’re active involvement in the community includes Orange Activism at the heart of their goals because it deals directly with eliminating violence against women and young girls.

 The colour orange reminds us that we can have a future without violence. It’s also suggested to signify solidarity towards this important objective.

 The Orange Activism Breakfast by ZCR is being held alongside 16 Days of Activism, a global campaign offered annually from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day). 

“Our keynote speaker is Simone O'Brien, a very courageous domestic violence survivor,” said Marie Stewart, Chair of the Advocacy Committee. “Simone also works as an ambassador for Domestic Violence Awareness in conjunction with numerous organisations.”

“It started with emotional and psychological abuse, stealing, and insults. It ended with me being beaten with a baseball bat to within inches of my life,” said Simone. “Somehow I pulled through, with lots of determination and support from my family and friends, and here I am today sharing my story to raise awareness on domestic violence.”

For Simone, her focus includes educating.

“It’s so important to talk about such a taboo subject and turn it into something positive. By speaking about it, especially to our next generations, we can change by creating healthier mindsets. Help them see past this negative toxic space.” 

“We all know someone who’s been in this situation,” said Simone. “And it’s not limited to one culture or race. We all need to come together.”

“For those affected, remember self care is the most important thing to moving forward,” said Simone. “Never give up. Stay positive and keep smiling.”

To book your tickets, go to

Orange Activist Breakfast
Tuesday 21 November
6.30 arrival for 7am start to 9am
@ The Komo
99 Sutton Street, Redcliffe
Cost: $45pp