The newly chartered Zonta Club of Accra Jubilee, Ghana, organized its first event—a fundraising health walk—on 5 December during the 16 Days of Advocacy to support the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign.
With the support of members and executives, other clubs in Accra, members of their sponsoring and mentoring committee and family and friends, the club took up placards and embarked on a 4.8-km (3-mi) walk.
During the walk, club members spoke to people on the street, advocating against violence against women. At one bus station, they received pushback from some of the men, who stated it was the women who were abusing them. However, they also met a number of people who were excited about the campaign and honked and cheered them on. All in all, they were well received and there was interest and genuine concern on how to improve.
The club also organized a social media campaign to created awareness of gender-based violence. They interviewed Isobel Afful-Mensah, a resource person at Pearl Safe Haven. They released the video in 16 parts with 16 themes, including a statement of the problem and ways in which individuals can engage to help curb it. Click here to see the videos.
The Pearl Safe Haven is a refuge where women and children who have suffered abuse can feel safe to rebuild a constructive life for themselves. To learn more about Pearl Safe Haven please visit their website.