Advocacy is a key tenet of Zonta International’s efforts to empower women. Zonta International recommends action in accordance with the Objects of Zonta International to improve the status of women and to promote legislative awareness, advocacy and equal rights. Zonta International works with districts and clubs to assist in these efforts.
Quote from the Zonta International President
Violence against women is a worldwide pandemic – it crosses every social and economic class, every religion, race and ethnicity. At least one out of every three women worldwide have experienced violence during their lifetime. We in Zonta International cannot accept this – we need to use all our energy to eradicate violence against women locally and internationally through service and advocacy.
Sonja Hönig Schough
Zonta International President
District 10 clubs are active with advocacy projects. Check out what our clubs are doing!
Ft. Smith – Club presented the “Sold” movie at a local theatre. Movie (1½ hrs.) is available through Tugg. 85 tickets were sold. Orange bracelets and Zonta brochures were distributed. Tickets were sold online for $12.
Fredericksburg – The club has a Zonta Says No banner across the highway. The Hotline number is on the sign. They helped a young woman from Zimbabwe to go to school for 2 yrs. until old enough to go to college. Clothes and a laptop was given. Z-club was a major force behind the education.
Central Oklahoma – Club held a “Zonta Says No” 5K walk/run. Had 100 participants. Also have “Zonta Says No” billboard.
Johnson County – Participated in 16 Days of Activism. “Zonta Says No” – Orange in the Park – Awareness Local newspaper covered he event.
Parker County – Has 6 different banners around the town square for 16 Days of Activism. Also promote “Zonta Says No” as they wear orange on the 25th of every month. And they pass out Zonta business cards.
Brownsville – Partnered with Girl Scouts. Held a walk for “Friendship of Women” shelter. Worked with District Attorney’s office ad held “Petals on the Lake”. Petals represented women who have been abused. Speaker was an abused woman. “Zonta Says No” billboard for 16 Days of Activism November 10- December 10th. November 19th will hold “Zonta Says No” walk and will give out t-shirts and bracelets.
Dallas – Summerfest – great for film festival. Breast Cancer awareness – 5-6 short films. Also had a Display of shoes representing those killed by domestic violence. Summerfest.org walks you through how to set up festival.
Lafayette- Have shown the movie “Chosen” to club members and plan to host event inviting the public. Plan to have “Zonta Says No” banner placed on a busy street in Lafayette. Planning to work with local police department to bring awareness of the human trafficking issue in the area.
Austin – Have worked with a car dealership to place a billboard on Hwy 35. Plan to hold Poetry Slam in 2017 to benefit the “Refuge”. Have gift bags and programs for guests. Texas only has 24 beds for children in Texas.