The INNHS Z Club and Zonta Club of Ilocos Norte in the Philippines held a series of activities during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence and Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women.
Along with the City Government of Laoag and the Local Council of Women, the groups formally opened the campaign with a walk, self-defense training event and a poster slogan contest.
More than 1,000 women participated in the various activities, which were designed to raise awareness of violence against women and to provide an opportunity to talk about solutions to ending the problem.
The Z Club and Zonta Club also worked with the Philippine National Police and other local organizations to host a series of events for the young girls in the INNHS Z Club.
During one event, the issue of bullying was raised. Zontian Shey Abaya spoke about bullying during a speech to the group. The talk was followed by a self-defense training provided by 25 members of the Women and Children Protection Desk of the Philippine National Police.
Approximately 1,000 young girls from grades 7-12 participated.
Other activities included appointments of new officers and induction of new members of INNHS Z Club and the distribution of whistles for all the young girls.