In collaboration with the Zonta Club of Fort Smith, District 10, members of the Golden Z Club UAFS set up a display on the campus of the University of Arkansas Fort Smith to recognize the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
The display, which will remain on campus through 10 December, is on a busy street so that more community members see it and community awareness increases.
Pictured are Brenda Rosales, Golden Z Club UAFS president, and member Jamie Fletcher.
The Zonta Club of South Puget Sound, District 8, is recognizing the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence by featuring speakers, workshops, and events sponsored by local, state and national organizations that address gender-based violence in the workplace.
These events are designed to prevent violence, to ensure justice for victims, and to find ways to lift women up and to level the playing field both socially and economically. At noon on weekdays, speakers will address the psychological and physical impacts of violence and the lack of resources available.
The Zonta Club of South Puget Sound is a hands-on club that provides service to local nonprofits and supports global projects that promote the education, health, and well-being of women and girls.
Locally, the following organizations are participating in upcoming activities: Human Rights Commission, National Organization of Women, Pierce County AIDS Foundation, Safeplace, Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Utilities & Transportation Commission, Washington Human Trafficking Coalition, Zonta Club of South Puget Sound, Zonta Club of Victoria.
Additionally, legislators and elected officials will be participating, including Congressman Denny Heck and State Representatives Beth Doglio, 22nd District, Laurie Dolan, 22nd District and Laurie Jenkins, 27th District.
The Zonta Club of Charlevoix Area members from District 15 are raising awareness about the issue of domestic violence with their Zonta Shoe Tree.
The Shoe Tree, currently on display in a prominent Charlevoix, Michigan location through 10 December, features 183 pair of shoes. Each pair represents one of the 183 victims of domestic violence or assault in the Charlevoix community in 2017.
The Zonta Shoe Tree serves as a public reminder that while each of the 183 victims put their shoes on and walk through their day just like everyone else, they live with violence.
Residents generously donated 183 pair of shoes and Charlevoix businesses and the local high school served as drop-off locations.
An area Girl Scout Troop joined Zonta members in painting the shoes orange, marched with members in the Holiday Parade and assisted in decorating the Shoe Tree.
By inviting the local community to donate shoes and help build the shoe tree, Zonta members and community members actively participated in an open discussion about the issue of domestic violence.
Members of the Zonta Club of Kathmandu, District 25, have started an awareness campaign on social media alongside local celebrities as part of the Zonta Says NO campaign.
The club has partnered with celebrities who have large numbers of social media followers and who will post their pledge to #EndChildMarriage online for their followers to see. Thirty-two celebrities have joined the club in their efforts and two have already scheduled posts on their social media accounts.
Members of the Zonta Club of Kathmandu hope to reach a diverse audience with this social media campaign.
Members created a Facebook profile frame with the pledge so anyone can use the frame and pledge that way and special stickers were also created. The #EndChildMarriage stickers are given to drivers to encourage them to take the pledge and advertise their commitment on their car window.
In recognition of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence and Zonta’s campaign to end child marriage, the Zonta Club of Fort Smith, District 23, created a display for the Fort Smith Public Library.
The display contains the club’s Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women banner and detailed information about the prevalence of child marriage.
The display in the foyer of the library will receive the attention of library patrons throughout the month of November.
To raise awareness of violence against women, the Zonta Club of Lulea, District 21, collaborated with their local library, the City Library of Pitea. In the center of the library, the club set up a display to showcase books and movies focused on violence against women.
Club members said they think facts are important, but if you really want to reach people you have to appeal to their emotions. Books and movies do that. This is why the Zontians chose to collaborate with the library on the display.
With an exhibition in full view from the entrance of the library, they want to encourage the visitors to read and watch stories about survivors of violence against women. This is also in line with the theme chosen by UN Women this year, #HearMeToo.
A presentation was also given to the staff about how gender-based violence impacts women all over the world. Because of this, they are now ready to answer questions from the public about the exhibition and violence against women.
The Zonta Club of Kankakee is spreading awareness about domestic violence by inviting survivors and sympathizers to walk in solidarity with those who have endured abuse.
Empowerment: Solidarity Walk with Domestic Violence Victims will take place on October 27. Participants have the option of walking individually, with a team or even virtually.
Club members hope the event will give people a chance to reflect on domestic violence in their community.
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During Beef Australia 2018, Australia’s triennial National Beef Industry event attracting over 100,000 national and international visitors, the Zonta Club of Rockhampton Inc, District 22, mounted a display at the local regional airport, raising awareness for the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign.
The display prominently provides awareness about the campaign, as well as information about local support services for those affected by domestic and family violence.
The display will run for the whole month of May, which also coincides with the local Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, which is marked every May in Queensland Australia.
The Zonta Club of Trondheim organized a Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women campaign together with 24 other organizations, including the municipality of Trondheim, NGOs and labor unions.
About 1,000 people visited 20 multicultural arrangements during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
There were 16 days of exhibitions, seminars, movies, discussions, dances and various artistic performances engaging the local community for the sake of understanding and stopping violence against women.
Zonta clubs across the world participated in advocacy and awareness efforts from 25 November to 10 December as part of the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women and 16 Days of Activism Against Gendered-Violence campaigns.
Watch select highlights here and read stories from other clubs at www.zontasaysno.com/zontiansinaction/
Read a recap of the 16 Days of Activism campaign from the President’s Corner Blog: http://ow.ly/kfL930hcMRe