Zonta e-Club of Roma Parioli shines a spotlight on Iranian women during the 16 Days of Activism

The Zonta e-Club of Roma Parioli, Italy, kicked off the 16 Days of Activism with an art exhibition event to stand with the women in Iran. As thousands of Iranian women are risking their lives and taking to the streets to reclaim their rights, the club wanted to celebrate their courage and resilience. The exhibit will remain open for all 16 Days of Activism until 10 December.

The club invited experts such as Dr. Tiziana Ciavardini to speak during the event. Tiziana is an Italian cultural anthropologist and journalist who has lived more than 13 years in Iran – a country that she frequently denounces its anti-feminist regimes.

Many professional artists and beginners, who support the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign, donated their works to the exhibition. Two guests at the opening night were artist Pamela Squarta and Mahroo Hemati, a young Iranian artist.

Until the exhibit closes, guests are welcome to bid on any artwork, and all proceeds will be donated to Zonta International’s Foundation for Women. In addition to the exhibition, there is also a fundraising raffle.

Zonta Club of Ploiesti says NO to violence through an essay-writing contest

The Zonta Club of Ploiesti, Romania, aims to promote human rights, decrease instances of domestic violence, and increase the values of equality, tolerance, integrity and honesty with its “I Have My Right” contest.

High school students are invited to submit a 300- to 700-word essay on the topic of any human or child right. The essays are presented online and the participants received diplomas.

“Through this project, in which knowledge and dissemination of human and child rights is pursued, a better society is created,
without violence,” the club said. “And in this way, the Zonta Club of Ploiesti says NO to violence.

Zonta Club of Beaune Cote d’Or inaugurates Red Bench in honor of local gender-based violence victims

The Zonta Club of Beaune Cote d’Or, France, held an inauguration of a Red Bench in the hobby of the local hospital in memory of Audrey Clément and her daughter Albane, who were both brutally murdered on 8 May due to gender-based violence. The perpetrator was an intimate partner of Audrey and a father to Albane. After the terrible femicide, the club supported the family with many hospital workers.

“The bench must be a memorial, and it is a way to remember collectively!” said Zontian Marion Leuba. “Everything must be said about this barbaric act. This femicide took place on 8 May by a man who was both the companion, father and colleague of his victims … we are here to remember once again and stop time. This bench that becomes a monument will be responsible for transmitting this history, reactivating this emotion so that no one forgets what happened that day. These femicides have particularly upset us Zonta members, and they convinced us that more than ever, we had to fight violence against women and girls around the world.”

Zonta Club of Bad Nauheim-Friedberg holds workshop to empower girls against online violence

The Zonta Club of Bad Nauheim-Friedberg, Germany, organized a workshop to empower girls against online violence. This was the first time the club started this cooperation project. They were responsible for finding cooperation partners financing the project, organization, media work and the advertisement before the workshop.

The club was impressed that more than 40 young women and girls all over Germany took part. They also noticed how many people were interested in the topic and how many girls were affected.

The club believes that it is essential to address and communicate with young women at their level, which led to the workshop’s great success. They are considering holding the workshop again.

Zonta Club of Santa Clarita takes one word at a time to promote the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Taking inspiration from the Zonta Says NO tool guide released in 2021, the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley, USA, created a social media schedule for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

Each day of the 16 Days centers around an inspirational word, and some days had different words intertwined throughout the day. Check out the club’s word-savvy social media plan below.

Day 1: Envision
For the first day, the club chose the word “envision” to “envisioning a world without violence against women.”

Day 2: Knowledge
The club wanted to share facts about gender-based violence around the world, including what happens in their town and state. They also shared why 25 November is an important date and why there are 16 days to the 16 Days of Activism.

Day 3: Community
The club shared the story behind the book “In the Time of the Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez. The book is about the Mirabel sisters, which inspired the 16 Days of Activism.

Day 4: Orange
The club wore their orange shirts everywhere they went, and they had a photo shoot in front of one of the city’s library sculptures. The sculptures consisted of squares with words like Scrabble pieces, and the middle “I” is missing. They place their Zonta Says NO vertical banner in that empty spot.

Day 5: Service
The club’s Service Committee baked cookies and donated gift cards to Fostering Youth Independence, a local non-profit organization that assists foster children after they age out of the system.

Day 6: Allyship
For “Allyship,” the club shared photos of men that support their mission and what Zonta means to them.

Day 7: Student Engagement
The club was preparing to install a new Z Club, but it got rescheduled to 24 January. This will be their second Z Club.

Day 8: Advocate
Having so many students at the high school level who feel so passionate about Zonta and its missions help the club to advocate the need to share the importance of ending violence against women and girls. Education is the key.

Day 9: Outreach
The club received a proclamation from the city of Santa Clarity Valley.

Day 10: Awareness
In addition to the proclamation, the club got the city to display their Zonta Says NO banner on a paseo above a busy street to promote awareness. The banner was displayed throughout the 16 Days.

Day 11: Tribute
The club shared stories from survivors to advocate their mission.

Day 12: Listening
The club encouraged others to listen to the stories of survivors on its YouTube channel.

Day 13: Discussion
The club co-hosted a webinar with the Zonta Club of Burbank, USA, to discuss human trafficking.

Day 14: Remembrance
The club displayed their SCV Red Dress Project at several locations during the 16 Days. The original Red Dresses inspired the project, and they launched the SCV Red Dress Project in 2016. The project aims to advocate and share awareness of domestic violence within their community.

Day 15: Giving Tuesday
The club participated in Zonta International’s Giving Tuesday webinar and shared what they were doing for the 16 Days of Activism.

Day 16: Reflection
The club concluded the 16 Days with the word “reflection.” They showed a series of photos that reflect all their activities.

Zonta Club of Cebu II and Golden Z Club of USPF organizes digital advocacy video competition

To mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the Zonta Club of Cebu II, Philippines, partnered with its student club, the Golden Z Club of the University of Southern Philippines (USPF), to organize a digital advocacy video competition.

The competition is divided into four categories:

  1. Poster-making.
  2. Animation videos.
  3. Storytelling.
  4. Literary Pieces.

For each category, the clubs asked the contestants to focus on topics such as violence against women, cyberbullying, cyber pornography, teenage pregnancy and the importance of literacy.

Due to COVID-19, the student club had to be creative with their Zonta Says NO activities. With the rise of digital apps, social media and mobile browsing amongst their peers, they decided to hold a contest to develop their classmates’ creativity, digital competence, communication, understanding and leadership skills.

The student club also sought to increase student educational research and explore and engage with women and girls’ issues. 

The judging panel was composed of members of the Zonta Club of Cebu II. The club donated cash prizes for the winners.

Zonta Club of Saffle-Amal brings awareness to gender-based violence with public displays

The Zonta Club of Saffle-Amal, Sweden, originally planned to put up five Zonta flags in Säffle square and five flags outside the public library in Åmål to raise awareness to the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign. Unfortunately, the club did not receive the flags in time due to delivery delays, and they plan to revisit the idea for next year’s campaign. However, the club was able to find other visible ways to raise awareness on the issue.

After noticing the many empty display windows in their area, the club decided to stage multiple window displays showing what happens to female abuse victims. The exhibits were put up throughout the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Base Violence, and a Swish number was available for those who wished to donate to the campaign. The window displays gained so much attention that the local papers Säffle Tidningen and Provinstideningen Dalsland wrote a feature on the campaign and the club’s letter to the editor explaining Zonta Says NO.

Club members also spoke out about Zonta and brought awareness to gender-based violence in Säffle and Åmål while wearing Zonta vests, in which they received 2,720 Swedish Krona.

Due to the number of people wanting to know how many assaults are reported in Saffle and Amal, the club also added a window display featuring orange shoes that symbolized the number of assaults reported in the cities for the fourth year in a row. A Zonta Says NO exhibition was also held at the Saffle library to spread information about violence against women.

Throughout the campaign, the club used social media to spread knowledge, developed new relations, and in Åmål, they cooperated with a woman who works with female victims of abuse.

For next year’s campaign, the club plans to cooperate with Kvinnojouren Frida – Säffle-Åmål, a local women’s shelter, to create a more thorough event that focuses on solutions to gender-based violence issues.

Zonta Club of Montferrier Olympe De Gouge holds round table discussing domestic violence

The Zonta Club of Montferrier Olympe De Gouges, France, recently held the screening of their project film Moi Auteur de Violence. Director Hélène Polsky will open a round table where legal professionals and organizations supporting female survivors of domestic abuse discuss and consider solutions to ending gender-based violence.

The club welcomes and collects testimonies from female survivors, which is a priority. However, they ask how we can anticipate violence and prevent acting out and recidivism?

Zonta Club of Ilocos Norte and Mariano Marcos State University College of Teacher Education Z Club presents spoken word poetry contest

The Zonta Club of Ilocos Norte and the Mariano Marcos State University, College of Teacher Education Golden Z club proudly present their Golden Voice Against Gender-Based Violence, a spoken word poetry contest.

In line with this year’s 16 Day campaign to end violence against women and children, the contest aims to amplify voices against any violence. The competition is divided into two categories, one for females with the theme of women supporting women, and the second is geared towards males with the theme of He for She.

There will be three winners in each category, and they will be given a cash prize. The club also included special prizes for the participants.

Ilocos Norte National High School Z Club plans activities to say NO

In celebration of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the Ilocos Norte National High School Z Club planned some exciting activities to say NO to violence against women. Here are a few of their planned activities:

  • Essay Writing.
  • Spoken Word Poetry.
  • TikTok Make-up Competition.

The club hopes contestants don’t miss out on the chance to lighten up the world by sharing their talents. Prizes will be distributed to the winners, and the club hopes that we say NO to violence against women together.