The Zonta clubs of Bombay I and III, India (District 25) partnered with Save the Children India to recognize the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign.
Beginning on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, through 10 December, Human Rights Day, the two groups participated in various activities.
Save the Children India is an NGO that prevents exploitation and discrimination of vulnerable women and children and empowers them to lead a life of dignity, self-respect and independence.
Over the various days of activism, more than 150 girls living in vulnerable conditions were provided opportunities to learn about issues relating to gender-based violence. The events included the screening of women-led films, which were followed by discussions, as well as drawing and poster making competitions. These helped the girls reflect on discrimination prevalent in their communities and possibly in their families. The girls also visited a police station to better understand the role of police in regards to issues related to violence against women and women’s rights. Rallies were held in the communities to create awareness of gender issues as well as to spread messages to strive for equality.
The advocacy campaign culminated at the head office of Save The Children India with a day-long event that featured sessions focusing on providing conceptual clarity of gender, explaining the difference between sex and gender, and international initiatives in place to eliminate gender-based violence.
Zonta members of both clubs had discussions with the girls and volunteers at the events.
The Zonta Club of Bombay I also conducted a need-based project at the Asha Sadan Rescue Home. The club donated personal and housekeeping items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, and Talc powder to the girls living at the adoption agency. The donations were worth 4,000 Rupees.
The Vice President of the Zonta Club of Bombay I Shernaz Hathiram also gave a talk on human trafficking and the girls interacted with the members and shared their thoughts on the topic.