In the news: Zonta clubs in The Bahamas make presentation to National Neighbourhood Watch Council

The Zonta clubs of The Bahamas presented the Ministry of National Security’s National Neighbourhood Watch Council (NNWC) with about 70 bins for use throughout various Bahamian communities on Friday.

The donation was made as part of their “16 Days of Activism” and ongoing campaign “Zonta Says  No” to Violence Against Women, Girls and Children during a press event at the ministry’s John F Kennedy Drive headquarters.

The bins are branded with Zonta to bring attention to the campaign and will be used by the NNWC in association with its ongoing “Team Up to Clean Up” Campaign, which is a part of the national “We are One” Campaign.

Among those present were Minister of National Security Marvin Dames; Permanent Secretary Marco Rolle; Undersecretary Cheryl Darville; Director of the Ministry’s Research and Development Unit Dr Jennifer Bethel; Superintendent of Police and NNWC National Coordinator Wilton Johnson; NNWC co-chairs Alesha Hart and Keno Wong; President of the Zonta Club of New Providence Dr Theresa Adderley Smith; President of the Zonta Club of Nassau Monique Sands; NNWC and Zonta Club members; and other stakeholders.

Dames thanked the Zonta Clubs, expressed gratitude for the presentation and reiterated that his ministry is working closely with civic groups like Zonta to bring greater attention to the issue and curtail violence against women.

“As we move into 2021, you will see renewed campaigns within the Royal Bahamas Police Force, as well as under the umbrella of the NNWC — a renewed effort, a renewed campaign — to stamp out violence against women,” he said.

“The time has long come for us to focus more upon it because it is important to all of us.”

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