The Zonta Club of Jefferson City, MO, USA, kicked off the 16 Days of Activism and Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women with a proclamation from Jefferson City’s Mayor, Carrie Tergin. The 25th of November was declared Jefferson City’s Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women.
For 16 days, The club’s Facebook page featured a photo of a community member with a Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women sign. Included in the post was a quote from the member or a statistic about domestic abuse and violence. In one week, the posts reached more than 5,000 people.
The Zonta Club of Jefferson City also partnered with the Lincoln University Women’s Resource Center. Silhouettes of abused women and their stories were displayed around campus with the “Zonta Says No” emblem and contact information for the local Rape and Abuse Crisis Service. Four sets of silhouettes have moved periodically around the campus will remain on display until December 20th, which is the end of classes before Christmas break.
As a result of these projects, the local television station, KRCG Channel 13, produced a news segment featuring a local survivor of domestic abuse, Megan Sappington. During the segment, Zonta member Ramona Huckstep was featured along with the displays at Lincoln University.
This was the club’s first major advocacy project in a few years and they are grateful for the positive response they received from the community.