Zonta Club of Fort Worth, TX, USA, honored the 114 Texas women murdered by their intimate partners in 2012–and the 15 children, family members and friends murdered with them– with a display of shoes on the steps of the Tarrant County 1895 Courthouse in Fort Worth on 18 March 2014.
Each pair of shoes was tagged with a woman’s story, and “Zonta Says NO” banners were posted at the top of the display. The purpose of the event was to bring awareness of violence against women to the community.
Club members and volunteers greeted each person who stopped, explained the display, listened to their stories and gave them a card about Zonta International and an orange “Zonta Says NO” wristband. Over 200 cards and wristbands were distributed, the local paper published a huge picture & article on the front page of the Tarrant & Texas section with a video and article on their website (below).
In addition, an international journalist published an article with many pictures on his London agency’s site for distribution worldwide. The club has received congratulations and praise from other women’s groups and former members.