The Zonta Club of Rotorua was recognized as one of a group of local champions in New Zealand for their work to prevent violence against women. The club members joined a number of other anti-violence organizations at an E Tū Whānau and White Ribbon Community Day event held in Rotorua on 25 November. E Tū Whānau is a social movement in New Zealand designed to encourage positive change.
Zonta Club of Rotorua, as well as the other groups being recognized, was welcomed onto the village green by Maori elders and given the opportunity to speak to the crowd about the work the club does.
Zonta Club of Rotorua President Karen Clark said it was a wonderful opportunity to highlight the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women.
Clark said members also ran an information booth and handed out campaign bookmarks with contact numbers for local domestic violence services.
In November, club members rode their bicycles for 16 kilometers leading up to the 16 Days of Activism campaign. Sporting their bright orange Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women shirts, the members rode around Rotorua handing out campaign information to locals and tourists. Zonta members involved in the cycling event also joined in the recognition ceremony.