Zonta Club of Porterville advocates to end violence against women in local parade

Members of the Zonta Club of Porterville, USA, in District 9, along with members of one of the three Z clubs, participated in the town’s annual Christmas parade.

The Zonta Says NO-themed float was decorated by two of the members of the club’s Advocacy Committee, Adonas Nuckols and Mickie Manning.

Club members Sharon Scarbrough and Valerie Simonich led the team with a bright yellow banner that displayed the name of the club in big bold letters. The Z club members sat on the flatbed, holding messages against violence and for gender equality.

The back of the truck displayed a “Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women” banner. The parade draws more than 10,000 people from the city and Zonta members took the opportunity to address the captive audience with its message.

Female mayor joins Zonta Club of Gawler Inc for 16 Days of Activism

The Zonta Club of Gawler Inc, Australia, in District 23, is supporting the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign in multiple ways.

Club members are distributing white ribbons to local businesses for them to hang in their windows to support ending gender-based violence and continuing its project with local schools where students create art about expecting respect.

Wearing orange Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women t-shirts, the club recently met at a local cafe, joined by Mayor Karen Redman.

“It is such an important message to get out, and we need to change our culture as Australians, because the statistics are terrible surrounding domestic and family violence,” Redman told The Buniyip.

“One of the biggest groups of rising homelessness is women and children, who are fleeing violence, and that it is not okay.

“A really important role of the connected local council is to advocate for issues that are important, and need advocating for, and this is one.

“I (also), certainly, feel as a female mayor that it resonates in a very powerful way for me.”

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Gawler Mayor Karen Redman (back row, left) joined the Zonta Club of Gawler Inc during its Zonta Says NO activities.

Zonta Club of Tacloban educates high school students on how to prevent early marriage and teen pregnancy

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The Zonta Club of Tacloban, Philippines, in District 17, spread awareness of gender equality and violence against women during the 16 Days of Activism.

Members of the club gathered and lectured 100 11th graders from Leyte National High School in Tacloban City to educate them on preventing early marriage and teen pregnancy.

“Together as Zontians, we will continue to raise our voice and be active,” says Club Treasurer Aegina Ruiz. “We solidly support saying NO to violence against women and girls.”

Zonta Club of Fort Collins launches Zonta Says NO speaker series

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In an effort to increase awareness and education about violence against women, the Zonta Club of Fort Collins has introduced a Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women speaker series.

The first event for the program, called the Zonta Says NO Speaker Series, was in October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The speaker for the first event was the Executive Director of Crossroads Safehouse, Pat Parker. Parker spoke to several women about the intricacies of partner violence, victims, and efforts to end violence in Fort Collins.

Following Parker’s speech, Fort Collins Mayor Wade Troxell made a proclamation for the 16 Days of Activism campaign.

Attendees of the event were asked to bring shampoo or conditioner to donate to Safehouse residents.

The second speaker was Diana Laws, a leader in NECCAT, the Northeastern Colorado Coalition Against Trafficking. Laws spoke about human trafficking, the work of the coalition, as well as relayed stark facts about perpetrators and victims.

Attendees were asked to bring an item to add to bags that will be given to the police department to hand out to victims.

During the 16 Days of Activism campaign, the Zonta Club of Fort Collins is continuing to publish facts about human trafficking and violence against women in their area, as well as promoting future series events.

On 8 December, the speaker series will host AJ Ortiz who will give a presentation titled “Human Trafficking 101 in Our Community.”

The January speaker event will host Lisa Poppaw, the executive director of ChildSafe, a nonprofit that provides therapy for victims of sexual abuse.

Zonta Club of The New Territories performs song for 16 Days of Activism campaign

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The Zonta Club of The New Territories in Hong Kong kicked off the 16 Days of Activism campaign by performing a song at its 35th Anniversary Charity Dinner.

Members waved orange Zonta Says NO advocacy cards during the performance in front of more than 400 guests and over 20 perspective Zonta club members.

The club also showcased their 35 years of service and advocacy with a video and photo wall. Service partners of the club joined as well.

Zonta Club of Damme decorates local statue in orange cape for campaign

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The Zonta Club of Damme joined with many Zonta clubs around the world to bring orange to a local statue orange. The club, along with the Mayor, draped the statue of Jacob Van Maerlant on the main square in Damme, Belgium.

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This was to raise awareness of the start of the 16 Days of Activism and Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign. Several other public and private places were also decorated orange.

While Zonta Damme decorated the statue on the main square in an orange cape, they also asked passersby to dress in orange and speak out against violence. The reactions were posted on the Zonta Club of Damme website.

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Zonta e-Club of Canada 1 participates in lighting Toronto skyline orange

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The Toronto skyline is shining orange, thanks to the Zonta e-Club of Canada 1.

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On 25 November, the iconic CN Tower and 3D Toronto sign were lit orange. The Zonta e-Club of Canada 1 specifically requested the 3D Toronto sign be lit during the 16 Days of Activism campaign.

Zontians from the Zonta e-Club of Canada1 met at the “T” in Nathan Phillips Square for a glow-stick vigil.

That same night, Zontians from nearby clubs met at Niagara Falls, Ontario where the fall waters were also bathed in the signature orange color.

Club members said it was exciting to see the national monuments and landmarks lit up in orange as a clear sign of hope and support to put an end to violence against women and girls.