In the news: Zonta Club of Accra II urges media, government and leaders to eliminate child marriage


The Zonta Club of Accra II, Ghana, held a campaign against early child marriage to sensitize the youth and parents of vulnerable children in Accra on its effects and the need to fight it.

The program was attended by non-governmental organizations advocating for the eradication of early child marriages, students in second cycle institutions, and members of the club.

Aba Amissah Quainoo, vice president of the Zonta Club of Accra II, urged the media to reset their agenda, especially with programs that negatively affected behaviors of youth such as the romantic telenovelas on television, as they contributed to the problem.

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In the news: Zonta Club of Cebu I advocates to end teen pregnancy

The Zonta Club 1 celebrates its 50th year by intensifying its program against violence against women and teenage pregnancy, a concern which the Zonta International is tackling. Community and school researches reveal cases of a growing number of girls, in some cases even as young as nine years old, who have been victims of early sex and pregnancy resulting from broken homes, drugs, free sex, easy access to entertainment hubs, insufficient sex education and lack of values formation, among others.

The Zontians are working with the schools, families, barangays and the multisectoral groups to expand awareness of the problem and adopt proactive activities.

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In the News: Zonta Club of Kankakee organizes empowerment and solidarity walk

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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In the News: Zonta Club of Maryborough Inc prepares for annual ZSN golf event

Going into its fifth year, the annual Zonta Says NO Golf Day held by the Zonta Club of Maryborough Inc will be held in August.

The golf day raises awareness of violence against women and also raises funds to support initiatives that help women and girls.

The event will begin the club’s activities in support of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign.

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Zonta Club of Lebanon reflects on 2017 walk, plans upcoming event

The Zonta Club of Lebanon was pleased to host the 2017 Area 4 Zonta Says NO Advocacy Walk in Lebanon’s beautiful Memorial Park and plans to host the 2018 Advocacy Walk in Indianapolis in October.

The third annual walk was held in October and allowed clubs and concerned individuals to gather to advocate against domestic violence.  The walk was held in Memorial Park in Lebanon.  Zontians and Z-Club students from all over Area 4 were present to walk to raise awareness of the dangers of domestic violence.

A representative from the mayor’s office spoke and welcomed participants and then Pascal Fettig from Mental Health America Boone County spoke on things being done in Boone County to address violence against women.

After a brief warmup, the walkers carried signs and posters along a state highway and around the park.  Cars were honking their horns and people were waving encouragingly.

At the main corner of the park, the Zonta clubs from Indiana had their Zonta Says NO posters posted next to orange pinwheels.  Each pinwheel represents a life that was lost due to domestic violence.

43587-shareyourstoryThe group advertises the walk at an event earlier in the fall. At the event,  Lebanon’s Lincoln and Civil War Reenactment, the club pairs with the Boone County Historial Society to sell food at the event.

This provides the members, as well as the Z Club students, an opportunity to fundraise and advertise their upcoming advocacy event.


Zonta Club of Johnson County hosts 5K to raise money to prevent domestic violence

ZC of Johnson CountyMembers of the Zonta Club of Johnson County in Texas hosted their third annual Zonta Zoom Race to End Domestic Violence 5k and 1k Fun Run as part of the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women.

Zontians have partnered with the Johnson County Family Crisis Center to host the event and a portion of the proceeds went to benefit current residents of the Johnson County Family Crisis Center.

Residents from the center assisted in decorating paper dolls that lined the route. Each doll represented a woman who had died as a result of domestic violence in Texas in that year. Sadly, there were 146 dolls lining the course.

Additionally, there was a shoe display at the starting line for the participants to see. Each pair of shoes represented a victim of domestic violence in the state of Texas for the year.

Participants were given t-shirts, snacks and breakfast for participating, as well as finisher medals for top placement.

Club members said they feel this event helps raise awareness for not only the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign, but the issue of domestic violence in general. Club members are proud of this event being so successful year after year.

Zonta Club of Rockhampton Inc advertises Zonta Says NO during local event

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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.

Zonta Club of Saffle-Amal creates display to inform community about violence against women

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Zontians in the Zonta Club of Säffle-Åmål decided to make a statement, enhance their visibility in their community and make people aware of what Zonta does during the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign.

They decided to make a statement to show their community the number of reported assaults on girls and women that were made in 2016.

130 orange shoes, 1 pair of red shoes and 1 pair of yellow rubber boots for a child were displayed by the Zonta Club of Saffle-Amal, District 21. Each pair of shoes represented a reported assault and many pairs were painted orange in order to show the grim statistics.

The yellow rubber boots represented a girl younger than 6 years and the red shoes represented a woman that died as a result of violence.

Visitors reacted in many ways and the most frequently asked question was if the shoes represented numbers throughout Sweden. Club members told visitors that the shoes represented only their community and passerby were speechless.

Many people took their time to see the display and to contemplate the figures of reported assaults. The number of shoes made an impact and many people reacted strongly. Lots of interesting conversations about violence in general and Zonta as an organization took place.

Club members sold homemade bread while sharing information about Zonta and also had orange knitted hats for sale. The club raised over US$600.

Community members told Zontians that they had made a difference that day in their community.

Zonta Club of the Fleurieu Peninsula Inc organizes display for 16 Days of Activism

The Zonta Club of the Fleurieu Peninsula Inc, District 23, created a digital display promoting the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign. The Shine the Light project was a joint project between the Zonta Club of the Fleurieu Peninsula Inc and the local government of the city of Victor Harbor.

The façade of the local cinema which is in the main street of the city was illuminated with a digital art display that reflected ‘Zonta Says NO to Violence.’

The façade has been used by the city in the past to promote tourism and city council embraced the concept of supporting Zonta to further the cause.  Council staff and Zonta members workshopped with local digital artists to produce a dynamic and thought-provoking digital display.

The display shone during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence and was seen by thousands of people.  The display ran on a loop from 25 November to 10 December, from sun down to sun up.

The digital display aimed to communicate the responsibility community members have to end the perpetuation of abuse toward women. It conveyed the message that boys need to be taught how to show respect toward women from a young age.

The digital artists were mindful that this was a public place open to all ages and were asked to use orange as a predominant color. White was also used to reflect White Ribbon.

Along with this display, the Zonta Club of the Fleurieu also provided bystander training, facilitated by the YWCA as part of their Rise Above the Pack program.

Zonta Club of Nurmes hosts event on everyday safety

The Zonta Club of Nurmes organized a seminar on safety in everyday life as a part of the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign.

The guest speaker of the seminar was the highest ranking police officer in Finland,  National Police Commissioner  Seppo Kolehmainen.

Other speakers talked about the importance of making concrete help available for victims, as well as holding authorities accountable.

The audience asked questions and at the end of the seminar, a local Gypsy king and 70-year-old, Seppo Palm, sang a song.