Members of the Zonta Club of Mangawhai, District 16, acknowledged the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence with three main activities.
Members knit-bombed a large tree at their local library and arts center complex, painted men’s, women’s and children’s shoes orange and hung them along a fence with two wooden orange dolls and a sign, and held an orange themed Quiz Night.
During the 16 Days, a visiting English tourist was murdered in New Zealand. A vigil was held to remember Grace Millane throughout New Zealand and several Zontians took part in the local walk, holding candles and wearing their orange shirts.
The Zonta Club of Hong Kong East, District 17, partnered with two local groups to organize a traveling exhibit called “Say NO to Child Marriage” to educate shoppers and promote public awareness on the topic of child marriage.
The various posters provided information on violence against women and child marriage, emphasizing Zonta’s focus on ending child marriage and saying NO to child marriage.
The exhibit was displayed over 6 weekends, from 9 December 2018 to 13 January 2019, in various shopping malls.
Plan International served as the exhibit sponsor and LINK was the venue sponsor.
Watch a video about the event here.
The Zonta Club of Liestal, District 28, displayed information on the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign at a local theater during the 16 Days of Activism.
The goal of the display was to inform moviegoers before they went into their movie.
An information box was placed in the foyer with brochures that included details on the intervention place and important points of contact for women looking for support.
The Zonta Club of Central Oklahoma, District 10, arranged to light the Oklahoma City Skydance Bridge orange in their Zonta Says NO campaign to turn their city orange during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.
Club members gathered on 29 November at the bridge, where they were joined by community partners from Palomar, Pivot, and the Oklahoma Coalition.
Members watched the bridge turn orange against the backdrop of the Oklahoma City skyline to make their statement that Zonta says NO to violence against women.
Zonta Club of de Baronie Breda, District 29, shared the very important message of saying NO to violence against women with the public by handing out yellow roses in their city center on 25 November.
The Mayor of Breda lit the tower of the Grand Church orange. Watch a video of the tower lighting up orange here.
The Zonta Club of Birmingham, District 11, worked with an advertising company to use a billboard to advertise this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign.
The billboard was placed on the busy interstate I-65, which goes through the city of Birmingham, to increase awareness of violence against women and provide a hotline number. The location of the sign allowed both the citizens of Birmingham and motorists passing through the city to become aware of Zonta’s position on violence against women.
Members said that although they will never know how many people visited their website or called the hotline, they are happy to know the billboard could have helped even just one person.
Zontians in Alabama and the rest of the United States have a special concern on the issue of child marriage. In Alabama, girls can be married at the age of 16 with a court or parental permission. The U.S. law supporting efforts by law enforcement, nonprofits and government agencies to combat sexual violence and support domestic violence victims, the Violence Against Women Act, could expire soon and there are major obstacles to reauthorization. The major federal law to combat human trafficking and assist victims expired a year ago.
The billboard, along with other action Zonta club members in Birmingham take, is all in the interest of changing existing policies and protecting more women and girls from violence.
From 25 November to 10 December, during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, Zonta club members embraced the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign and advocated to end violence against women and child marriage in their communities.
Watch the video below to see a few examples of how club members said NO during the campaign.
The Zonta Club of Bangor, District 1, is encouraging the public to paint rocks to help end domestic violence.
In line with the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign, the rocks are painted orange. Next, phone numbers to important hotlines will be painted on the rocks.
Learn more about the club’s campaign here.
As a first measure to raise awareness, the Zonta Club of Portland, District 8, encouraged the Mayor of Portland to officially proclaim 25 November as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which he has now done.
Additionally, members lit the Morrison Bridge orange as part of the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign.
During the lighting event, two members were interviewed by KOIN 6 TV and appeared on the 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. news. In addition, the video and an article appeared on their website. Another station, KGW-TV, posted a video of the bridge lit up on Facebook with the headline: The Morrison Bridge is lit orange tonight to recognize International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The Portland Tribune newspaper also posted an article on their website. All of the news coverage has received many positive reactions online, increasing Zonta’s presence in the city.
As part of their activism for the 16 Days, the Zonta Club of Saarlouis, District 28, hosted a screening of a popular movie to collect donations to go toward helping women in their community.
The movie was the German drama In The Fade, about a German woman whose family is killed in a terrorist attack perpetrated by neo-Nazis.
Since the movie is popular in the community, over 140 people attended the event. All donations received were given to women refugees.
In Germany, there are over 350 women’s shelters and many offer shelter for refugee women and children.