Promoting justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms
Zonta International objectives state that we will promote justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, at the International and local levels. Violence against women and girls occurs at an alarming rate in communities across the globe. One out of three women will experience physical and/or sexual violence by a partner or sexual violence by a non-partner violence against women. To bring awareness to the issue of Domestic Violence in our community we participate in the “Zonta Says No Campaign, in collaboration with the SCV Domestic Violence Center. The 16 days of Advocacy are held annually from November 25, December 10.
Red Dress Campaign
In 2016, the “Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women” campaign includes the display of seven red dresses around Santa Clarita to symbolize seven women who have lost their lives to domestic violence in Santa Clarita. The dresses are displayed outdoors, animated by the wind and weather, and an inescapable symbol of bloodshed in the midst of our community. Residents can see these dresses at locations throughout the City listed below.
These bright red symbols are meant to remind us of the reality of domestic violence – it may seem like a private matter, but it is happening in our neighborhoods, to our fellow residents and cannot be ignored. We must all strive to be “up-standers, and not bystanders,” meaning we all need to speak up if we see or hear of domestic and family violence happening.
DIVERT is a tool for survivors of domestic violence and their loved ones to learn how to access free classes, programs, seminars and specific help offered to them by several local agencies. It also includes programs, often court-mandated, for abusers, and targeted services for children.
- Old Town Newhall Farmers Market – Saturday, November 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 24500 Main Street
- Santa Clarita Valley Court House – Monday, November 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at 23747 Valencia Boulevard
- KHTS Studio on Main Street –Tuesday, November 29, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at 24320 Main St.
- College of the Canyons, Honor Grove – Wednesday, November 30 and Thursday, December 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
- Veterans Historical Plaza – Friday, December 2, from noon to 2:00 p.m., and Saturday, December 3, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at 24275 Walnut Street
- Valencia Library/Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station – Monday, December 5, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 23743 Valencia Blvd
- Santa Clarita Valley Court House – Tuesday, December 6,from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at 23747 Valencia Boulevard
- Santa Clarita Aquatic Center/Skate Park – Wednesday, December 7, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway
- City Hall – Thursday, December 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 23920 Valencia Boulevard
- West Ranch High School – Friday, December 9, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at 26255 Valencia Boulevard
- Old Town Newhall Farmers Market – Saturday, December 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 24500 Main Street
SVC Domestic Violence Court Advocacy
The Zonta club pays for its members, who are interested, to attend the 40 hour Domestic Violence training that is required, by law, to assist Domestic Violence victims. After the training the Zontians become Domestic Violence Advocates. Court Advocates write Temporary Restraining Orders and assists victims with the legal process and the court appearances, and Outreach advocates who assist victims to move forward with their lives through art and a mentor program.