During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the Zonta Club of Pontiac-North Oakland, USA, District 15, had a display at the Oakland County Courthouse.
The display included silhouettes of women, which represented the 17 Oakland County residents who died from domestic violence last year.
There were also 42 paper dolls, each representing 100 assaults, for a total of more than 4,200 reported assaults last year.
“This is nothing to be proud of. Domestic Violence is not about love; it is all about power,” Gail Johnson, Zonta Club of Pontiac-North Oakland president, told The Oakland Press.
The Zonta Club of Melbourne, USA, District 11, participated in a variety of activities during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
Inspired by other Zonta clubs around the world that lit up buildings and monuments in orange, club members asked business owners to light up their storefronts in orange to show their support for the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign. They passed out fliers and were featured in the local newspaper. The club had a great response to this initiative.
The club also took out billboards along the I-95 Corridor from 25 November through 10 December. Interstate 95 is the main Interstate Highway on the East Coast of the U.S., running from Route 1 in Miami, Florida, to the Houlton–Woodstock Border Crossing with New Brunswick, Canada, and is used by millions of people daily.
On 24 November, the club participated in the Space Coast Basket Brigade, which provided 3,346 local families with everything they need to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Club members volunteered in their orange Zonta Says NO t-shirts, using the opportunity to spread awareness of the importance of ending violence against women.
The club also involved high school students in its efforts. Members of the Melbourne High School Z Club arranged for their school’s electronic billboard to encourage students to wear orange and coordinated a presentation with Sheriff Wayne Ivey and a human trafficking survivor to speak to the students on 10 December.
As part of Zonta International’s 100 years of empowering women, the Zonta Club of Trenton/Mercer, USA, District 3, purchased an ad to be displayed on a shuttle bus that services Trenton, New Jersey, and surrounding towns.
The club wanted to help empower women and children by providing a hotline number for victims of violence while also providing information for those who want to join Zonta in the fight to end violence against women and children. The ad will run for four weeks.
The Zonta Club of Canberra Breakfast Inc in Australia, District 24, held a somber service this week to memorialize the 52 women and eight men who died from intimate partner violence.
A garland of orange flowers shaped the word NO, the color a reminder of the fifth UN sustainable development goal of equality. December 10 also marks the conclusion of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, under the theme, “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape!”
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The Zonta Club of London, U.K., District 29, turned the city’s Marble Arch orange in commemoration of Human Rights Day, 10 December.
Dianne Jeans, the club’s president, said: “Violence against women and girls around the world is one of the most devastating human rights violations in our world today.
“It affects women regardless of background or education and often takes place behind closed doors. It can come in many forms, including physical, sexual, or psychological violence, as well as economic abuse and exploitation.”
Continue reading about the club’s efforts to advocate for ending violence against women and girls.
In Ghana, 21% of girls are married before their 18th birthday.
The Zonta Club of Tema, District 18, partnered with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for a billboard to bring awareness to child marriage during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
Naana Aboagye Asare, the club’s president, said drastic measures must be taken by stakeholders to fight against child marriage, which is destroying girls’ potentials.
“Statistics on child marriage in Ghana [were] alarming and needed to be [nipped] in the bud,” Asare said.
UNFPA Ghana Gender Programmes Analyst, Selina Owusu, who led in the unveiling of the billboard, said child marriage was a serious national issue that needs to be addressed immediately.
She called on all stakeholders and Ghanaians to join in the fight against child marriage and gender-based violence in the country.
Continue reading about the initiative here.
The Zonta Club of Olympia, USA, District 8, spread awareness of child marriage throughout the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
Club members received a sheet with all 16 days worth of talking points so they could share in their everyday life, and the club posted each day on their Facebook page. Their posts received likes and shares from around the world, with 50% more traffic and interaction than usual.
In addition to receiving positive media attention, the club noticed an interest in learning more about Zonta and in building an advocacy focus with their local legislature to end child marriage.
The Zonta Club of Pampanga in the Philippines, District 17—in partnership with Angeles City and SM City Clark—convened to for their Zonta Says NO to Violence against women and children activity.
The women’s desk from the local government units, private companies’ corporate social responsibility department heads, different foundations, non-governmental organizations and students were gathered and raised the flags to join Zonta in their quest to eliminate violence.
The club also recognized three Centennial Champion Awardees and three Centennial Community Awardees for their exemplary contribution to 2019 projects of Zonta.
The highlight of the event is the dance interpretation of “Break the Silence, No to Violence” performed by four groups from different schools in Pampanga. The performances had intense messages on the issue of violence against women. Also included in the show is the Aeta children’s dance interpretation on the issue of child marriage that is commonly practiced in their community.
During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the Zonta Club of London lit a famous landmark in orange, drawing attention from many passerby.
The club lit the Marble Arch in central London in orange light on 25 November and club members stood nearby to share information on Zonta International and Zonta’s campaign to say NO to violence against women.
Read more about how people reacted to the public display.
Did you know that consensual marriage is part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? Child marriage is a violation of human rights that must be stopped. Let us end child marriage together.