The Zonta Club of Pforzheim, Germany, in District 30, worked with a local theater to spread awareness of gender-based violence on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
The theater’s entrance was lit in orange, and Zontians gathered with handouts, flyers and posters addressing violence against women and domestic violence.
The play that night was The Trojan Woman, a tragedy by the Greek playwright Euripides about the fates of the women of Troy after their city was ransacked and they were about to be taken away as slaves. Many of the 400 theatergoers engaged in conversations with Zontians on the topic of gender-based violence.
After the performance, there was a panel discussion with the producer, several actresses and Zontians. The press coverage was successful and an additional way to spread the campaign.
To support the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign, the Zonta Club of Toul, France, in District 27, sold soups made by local chefs.
The soups are packaged and sold at a local market. The club puts funds raised toward combating violence against women.
The soups are donated by several local restaurants and chefs, and the club also makes and sells shortbreads, jams and hot wine.
To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November, the Zonta Club of Burg Staufenberg/Giessen Area, Germany, in District 28, advocated ending violence against women at a local mall.
Club members handed out 200 bags with the phrase “Gewalt kommt nicht in die Tüte” (“Violence does not come in the bag”) and balloons to patrons of the mall in Giessen. The bags included flyers about the club’s Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign and cookies.
On 5 December, Lee County Commissioners, Florida, declared their support for the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign with a proclamation calling for the end of violence against women.
The proclamation was presented to District 11 Lieutenant Governor Linda Robison and members of the Zonta Clubs of Bonita, Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Sanibel/Captiva.
Prior to the event, Zontians staged a street demonstration in front of the Lee County Justice Complex to educate to the public about violence against women.
The Zonta Club of Istanbul, Turkey, in District 28, shared their thoughts and feelings with other women in a meeting during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.
A club member who is a lawyer is always ready to inform survivors of gender-based violence about the laws and her rights.
At the meeting, the club made a donation to a shelter that houses violence victims and their children.
Chandni Joshi, chairperson of Women’s Think Tank at the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare and (right) Meenakshi Gopinath, director of Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace, light candles to inaugurate the talk program ‘Raise Your Voice’ organized by Zonta Club of Kathmandu. Credit: The Kathmandu Post
Marking the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, the Zonta Club of Kathmandu, Nepal, District 25 held a talk programme in the Capital on Sunday. Titled ‘Raise Your Voice’ the program saw six prominent national and international speakers present on issues regarding violence against women and women empowerment.
Speakers included UN Women Country Representative Wenny Kusma; Chair of Women Think Tank at the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, Chandni Joshi; and the director of Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace, Meenakshi Gopinath, stressed the need for awareness and advocacy against violence against women and girls.
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Previous to the 16 Days of Activism, the Zonta Club of Kathmandu launched a Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women badge in the presence of Bandana Rana, elected member of United Nations committee for The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and Strategic Director of Saathi, Miss Nepal 2016 Asmi Shrestha, social activist Chari Maya Tamang, and Sashi Adhikari, Assistant Dean, Faculty of Law, Tribhuvan University and member of Supreme Court Bar Association.
Everything we do at Zonta International is because we envision a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights. Through our international service and education programs, our clubs’ service projects and our advocacy actions at the national and local levels, Zontians are committed to equality, justice and human dignity.
Each year, Human Rights Day is observed on 10 December to commemorate the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. According to the UN, “This Human Rights Day kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which every human being is inherently entitled to—regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”
Click here to read more from President Sonja Hönig Schough.
In the last two months, millions of women and some men have spoken out and shared their stories of sexual harassment and sexual assault on social media with the hashtag #MeToo. This week, Time Magazine named The Silence Breakers Time’s Person of the Year. While high profile stories of movie stars, musicians and powerful women and men have grabbed the attention of the media in recent weeks, it is the stories of ordinary people from all walks of life that have transformed #MeToo from a hashtag to a movement. Millions of voices are coming together to say that silence is no longer acceptable, victims must be heard and change needs to happen.
While we acknowledge the strength and courage of the millions of individuals who have spoken about their experiences with #MeToo, we must also not forget those women and men who have not spoken out for fear of not being believed, losing jobs or stalling careers or continued physical, verbal and emotional violence. We must be a voice for those who do not have a voice.
Whether or not you have personally been the victim of sexual harassment or sexual assault, now is the time to come together and take action. Click here to continue reading President Sonja Hönig Schough’s blog post and discover a few ways we can all, women and men alike, speak out and be a voice for others.
The Zonta Club of Joliet Area, USA, in District 6, is inviting the community to participate in a scavenger hunt as part of its Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign.
The club placed 13 signs of orange women around Joliet and is asking people to pose in photos with the signs and post them on social media throughout the 16 Days of Activism. Next week, the club will pick a winner of a dinner and overnight stay at a local casino and hotel.
To promote the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign, club members had displays at a Take Back the Night event and a Health and Wellness Women and Girls Expo.
The Zonta Club of Alessandria, Italy, in District 30, is advocating to end gender-based violence with a theater performance.
The club took the show, “E’l modo ancora m’offende” (“It’s still offensive to me”) to the two cities in the Alessandria province from 30 November to 2 December.
Judge Giuliano Turone wrote the show, performed by the theater company La diritta via. The club is hoping to use the performance to help citizens recognize violence, face it and eliminate it.
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