District 31 advocates to end violence against women during the 16 Days of Activism

During the 16 days of Activism, District 31 held two activities to echo the campaign and advocate for the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign.

On 25 November, Orange Day, Governor Vivienne Shen gathered members of Zonta clubs from the northern part of Taiwan at New Taipei City Hall. Almost 50 members in orange T- shirts marched toward a corridor decorated with orange flowers and lights nearby, waving banners and chanting “Zonta says no to violence against women.”

Many pedestrians and tourists stopped and watched the procession. After reaching the corridor, a group photo was taken at the entrance, which was lined with advocacy banners. Zontians then dispersed to find positions inside the corridor to continue advocacy. A joyful dinner party ended the event.

On 9 December, the eve of the conclusion of the 16 Days of Activism, another activity was specially organized for the members of the diplomatic corps, including Dean Jasmine Huggins, the Saint Kitts and Nevis Ambassador to Taiwan, who admires Zonta’s mission and vision and asked to join in theiradvocacy.

Participants visited the Protection and Prevention Center of New Taipei City for victims of the domestic violence and listened to touching presentations by staff there. On behalf of the group, Ambassador Huggins expressed appreciation for the Center’s work and presented a donation to the victims. The participants then joined New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-Yi at the orange corridor. Mayor Hou led the group in chanting ” No violence to women” behind a “Zonta Says NO” banner. The event was covered by local news media and broadcast by television news networks.

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