Zonta Club of Kungälv partners with sports teams to stand up against gender-based violence

In the middle of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the Kungälv community in Sweden was shocked by several attacks against women.

A group of young men allegedly attacked three women walking their dogs during early evening, in the middle of the small town. After the third attack, the Zonta Club of Kungälv spoke with several local hockey, soccer and handball teams to ask them to join forces against the violence and to create security in the area.

The teams were asked to move their training sessions to the area and to exercise outdoors during a couple of weeks and the Zontians made COVID-19-safe power walks. Several sports teams joined and two companies sponsored vests for the Zonta club.

The local media wrote two articles and the Zontians have continued the power walks once a week and will continue during the pandemic, of course while following all safety regulations. The police have increased their presence in the area and no more attacks have been noticed since.

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