The Zonta Club of Mankato’s, Minnesota Service Committee has planned a series of events in Mankato publicizing the Zonta Says No campaign.
Thursday, 21 March The club will unveil a doll similar to the dolls in the Safe Cities for Women in Honduras story that was published in the Zontian Magazine. This doll will represent stories of violence against women, as well as healthy relationships. The speaker for evening will tell the story of Josselyn Bishop, a college student at Minnesota State University, Mankato who was stabbed to death and left on the side of the road by her ex-boyfriend two years ago. Josselyn’s mother will also speak about a self-defense class that she started facilitating to help give women the tools to protect themselves in the event of an attack.
More information here: Josselyn Bishop Story – with description
Monday, 22 April – Rubber wristbands and t-shirts with the Zonta Says NO logo will be sold as well as Denim Day buttons at Women’s Night Out in Mankato.
Wednesday, 24 April – Celebrate Denim Day by wearing jeans and getting the word out.
Thursday, 25 April – The Rural Action AIDS Network in Mankato is having an event called “Dining Out for Life”. The club will have a presence by wearing the above mentioned wristbands and t-shirts.
Friday, 26 April – Doll Vigil at Pub 500, one bar that gets a lot of college-aged traffic on Friday nights. The goal is to reach as many college-aged women and men as possible. Pub 500 has offered to put information about this vigil in their advertising for that weekend.
More information on the doll here: Doll Information- Dates
Saturday, 27 April – YWCA’s Girls on the Run 5K. The club will have a table set up with the doll and a running team. There will be coloring pages with similar dolls on them for the girls to color.
Sunday, 28 April – Not Me! Self Defense Class. The club is sponsoring the self-defense class that Josselyn Bishop’s mother is facilitating. This will be the first Not Me! Class held in Mankato.