Zonta Club of Syracuse raises awareness of gender-based violence with webinar, social media campaign and local events

Every year during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the Zonta Club of Syracuse, USA joins the Zonta community to raise awareness about the tragic events associated with domestic abuse. But this is not just a 16-days-a-year problem.

On 1 December, the Zonta Club of Syracuse and Women’s Opportunity Center held the event, “Why Does She Stay?” to raise awareness of the obstacles women face when trying to leave an abusive relationship.

The event featured panelists Amy Barone from Syracuse University, Elana Agrasto of Daniella’s Steak House and Gail Rizzo-Spilka from AmeriCu Credit Union, who shared their experiences and expertise. Each of these women experienced “white collar domestic abuse” and are sharing their experiences to help other women find hope.

Click here to view a recording.

In addition to this national event, the club posted more than 16 marketing assets raising awareness around domestic abuse, which are being shared by other clubs across the country.

The club also hosted its Holiday Brunch event, partnering with its local Z club to learn about the advocacy efforts of local high school students to raise awareness for the next generation of leaders.

On 25 November, club members attended Syracuse’s annual holiday tree lighting ceremony while wearing orange and carrying a Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women banner, along with their Zonta Club of Syracuse banner.

As a result of its social media campaign, the club president and two male members will be interviewed by a news station about its HeForShe campaign, which will be rolled out next year.

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