In the news: Zonta Club of Sault Ste Marie Area displays orange shoes throughout community

In 2019, the Zonta Club of Sault Ste Marie Area highlighted the issue of gender-based violence with a display at the public library of 48 pairs of women’s shoes, representing the 48 women who lost their lives in the preceding year in Ontario to intimate partner violence.

“This was a stunning and moving display. Orange is the international colour used by the United Nations and Zonta International for violence against women and girls”, said Sharon Kirkpatrick, the local club president. “Because of COVID-19 this year, we are taking the campaign online, showing 37 pairs of orange shoes in various locations in the area. In the past year, the Femicide list from the Ontario Association of Transition and Interval Homes (OAITH) reported 37 fatalities. We want people to understand that these orange shoes represent real women- our daughters, mothers, sisters, aunts and friends.”
Visit the club’s Facebook page to see more photos.

In the news: Zonta Club of Jefferson City advocates to end violence against women

“The Zonta Club of Jefferson City takes pride in helping Zonta International promote the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence through the ‘Zonta Says No’ campaign,” said Sarah Veile, president of the Zonta Club of Jefferson City. “It is just one of many ways we are helping to spread Zonta’s message in an attempt to make our local community a place where every woman can achieve her full potential.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the local Zonta Club’s main advocacy will come through its Facebook page this year.

Each day, the group will post a picture of a new community leader involved in related groups — Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition, the Rape and Abuse Crisis Service, HALO and the Pregnancy Help Center, to name a few — with information about their services or statistics on gender-based violence. They will also feature local government officials who have used their time in office to fight for the rights of women and families.

Joan Imhoff, secretary for the Zonta Club of Jefferson City, said the focus is to connect people experiencing abuse or a difficult situation with resources and make them aware of the people fighting for them. She said this year is especially important as everything is on the rise — suicide, depression, abuse and child abuse.

“When people pay attention to the campaign more because of issues occurring it’s just good at this time to get it out there for people to see,” Imhoff said. “If they need help, they’re not alone, and they shouldn’t be embarrassed to make contact with someone who can help.”

In the news: Zonta Club of New Providence hosts ceremony to remember mother and daughter homicide victims

A precious eight-year-old little girl is on a memorial billboard at the entrance of Nassau Village. She shouldn’t be there. She should be counting down the days to her birthday on December 12. She should be trying to adjust to the new normal of online schooling and thinking about what she wants for Christmas. But on September 28 this year, Ednique Wallace became the victim of murder. She and her mother Alicia Sawyer lost their lives together in a senseless act of violence that occurs too often in our society.

The Bahamas ranks tenth in the world for intentional homicides. Alicia and Ednique were killed in their home in Nassau Village, an area which has been declared an epicentre of domestic violence in The Bahamas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Days ago, Zonta Bahamas began their version of UNECSO’s “Orange the World” campaign to end violence against women and girls by hosting a ceremony at the Nassau Village entrance. There, Patricia Minnis – the wife of Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis – tied the first orange bow and said to Bahamians: “We are better than this!”

The Zonta Club of New Providence, Families Of All Murder Victims (FOAM), the Department of Gender and Family Affairs, the Nassau Village Community and other NGOs joined together to erect a memorial banner for Ednique and her mom and also murder victims Gloria Rolle, Kenrica Martin and Cleo Lockhart. Below that banner is the community’s entrance sign, with the motto “The Place of Love, Peace and Unity”. Member of Parliament Halson Moultrie made a heartfelt appeal to residents to make this their reality.

Instead, we have a society which has yet to solve its violence issues and live as if it’s truly paradise. This sunny, peaceful clime has been marred by horror stories that make no sense on such a small island. “We are not barbarians,”, said Ann Marie Davis, wife of PLP leader Philip ‘Brave’ Davis’, as she joined Zonta in the campaign launch.

Women and girls like Alicia and Ednique deserve the protection of society. Zonta says there’s a way every single person can make a difference – by “saying no to violence in all its forms.” Everyone has to make it a point not to tolerate violence in order to reverse an ugly trend that leaves countless families in this country hurting for the loss of their loved ones.

Edward Wallace knows that hurt. His “little princess” was so special that “everyone who came into contact with her was amazed at how full of life and kind she was”. She was a very protective sister to her younger siblings Edward Wallace Jr and Krishan Wallace and even extended that nurturing spirit to her older sister, Kenlisa Monfils.

“She really enjoyed traveling,” Edward said about his daughter.

“Every summer we would go to Miami and spend time with her uncle and aunt. I remember two years ago, we went shopping in Walmart and she got lost. I searched the whole store looking for her until we got a call saying she was at the front entrance. Just last year we went on a cruise to Key West, Orlando and Mexico. While on the cruise, she loved hanging out by the pool and eating tons of ice cream.”

Edward’s family and friends, as well co-workers at BAIC, are offering support and love, but it is crucial that people come together to avoid tragedies like what this family has to overcome.

“Ednique was a curious and ambitious girl.” Edward said.

“She always loved learning new things and seeking new challenges. She got that from her mother. Lisa Sawyer was a very determined and hard worker who also loved learning new things and seeking new challenges. She was a kindred spirit. She was undoubtedly, a great mother to her three children and did her absolute best never to steer them wrong. She was an Andros-based woman who loved to cook. I met Lisa in 2008 while I was on patrol as a security guard and she was working at Hibiscus Inn. Our relationship was always an honest, respectful one and I thank the Lord for the time we spent in each other’s lives.”

Alicia is the daughter of Tiffany Reckley and Norman Knowles. She attended Lowe Sound Primary, then North Andros High School. She is described as deeply family-oriented and well known for her kindness and compassion. A hard worker, Alicia worked for Dunkin’ Donuts where she worked herself up to a management position. Social media reports say Alicia made previous complaints to the police about the suspect of her murder.

[25 November was] the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It also marks the beginning of “16 Days of Activism to Say No to Violence Against Women and Girls”, which culminates on December 10, International Human Rights Day. Each year, Zonta uses this time to paint the town orange. This year, say no to violence garbage bins have been placed throughout several communities. Zonta’s “40 Orange Bows”, and the bright orange banner at Nassau Village’s entrance is a poignant reminder of how very important this campaign is.

Zonta members decided that Nassau Village would be the focus this year, even before it became the epicentre of domestic violence for The Bahamas. President of the Zonta Club of New Providence Theresa Adderley-Smith said for the past seven years, their focus has been bringing a heightened awareness of the scourge. However, they have moved towards advocacy, working with government and non-government organizations to make policy changes so the laws are in place to protect and advance women and girls.

Mrs Minnis pointed out that men are just as important and “this is not a feminist movement where women are trying to get ahead of men; we want to be equal partners with love and respect”. Zonta’s national advocacy campaign chair Marisa Mason-Smith invited representatives of partnering NGOs to speak, including Charlene Paul of the Caribbean Institute of Women in Leadership (CIWiL) and Coralee Adderley of the the National Women’s Advisory Council.

Zonta Club of New Providence, a member of Zonta International, is committed to empowering women through service and advocacy. Zonta will host a series of events during the campaign.

Zonta Club of Liestal shares information on violence against women in city center

The Zonta Club of Liestal, Switzerland, hosted an information booth on 28 November to make people aware of Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women.

The booth was set up in the center of Liestal, and club members distributed cards with an emergency number for women concerned. They also handed out small bottles of disinfectant with labels spreading the message to stop violence against women.

District 31 Zontians join in Taiwan to advocate against gender-based violence

Zontians from District 31 gathered in Changhua County, Taiwan to participate in the child care and new emigration activities on 29 November.

In addition to caring for people with physical and mental disabilities, members from District 31 organized with Changhua New Residents Development Association to hold the Asian Food Cooking Competition, encouraging the new emigrate residents in Taiwan to improve their economic abilities, self confidence and respect multiculturalism.

For the event, which took place during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, Zontians dressed in orange shirts and shouted, “Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women” as they marched.

Through service and advocacy, from awareness to action, the team showed orange power to arouse the attention for standing against gender-based violence and work together to maintain the harmony and progress in Taiwan.

Zonta Club of Brampton-Caledon engages leaders to support social media campaign during pandemic lockdown in Ontario

Due to being in lockdown through 21 December to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Zonta Club of Brampton-Caledon in Canada had to change their plans to engage in the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign.

Canceling their poster campaign because of the lockdown, the club is posting on their social media accounts daily, focusing on gender-based violence and human trafficking.

Local leaders such as Caldeon Mayor Allan Thompson, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown and the Peel Regional Police have participated in the social media campaign.

Zonta Club of Parma hosts virtual interview with TEDxAssisi speaker

The Zonta Club of Parma, Italy, organized an online interview with Sonia Montegiove, one of the 100 most influential women in the digital space, as part of its Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign.

Topics included the gender pay gap, gender inequality and gender violence. Sonia was interviewed by Matilde Perego, third-year medical student at the University of Pavia, and Allegra Semenzato, third-year student at the International Relations and Organizations Faculty at Leiden University.

The interview was broadcasted via Facebook Live on 21 November.

District 18 clubs host ‘From Awareness to Accountability’ virtual event

As part of efforts to commemorate Zonta International’s 101st birthday and mark the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism and Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign, the Zonta clubs of Lagos I, Ibadan I and II and the Zonta e-Club of West Africa organized an online dialogue titled “From Awareness to Accountability.”

The theme is apt considering how significant happenings in 2020 has played out with the COVID19 pandemic, #StateofEmergencyonGBV, #EndSARS Protests and other campaigns pushing for awareness and accountability on multiple issues.

The two-hour virtual event included keynote speakers and a three-person panel.

Zonta Club of Roma Parioli III spreads awareness of Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women on social media

The Zonta Club of Roma Parioli III, Italy, conducted their Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign via social media.

On 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the club posted the above photo on their Twitter and Facebook pages with a message about gender-based violence and the 16 Days of Activism. The club hopes this will bring attention and awareness to the issue of violence against women and to Zonta.