As the world faces the COVID-19 pandemic, instances of gender-based violence are on the rise. Now, more than ever, it is essential that we work together to end violence against women and girls. Through the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign, Zonta clubs around the world are uniting to raise their voices to bring awareness to this issue and advocate on behalf of gender-based violence survivors.
Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation
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
Since 2016 the “Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women” campaign has included a display of seven red dresses around Santa Clarita to symbolize seven women who have lost their lives, in one year, to domestic violence in Santa Clarita. The dresses are displayed outdoors, in public places, where they become animated by the wind and weather. A haunting and inescapable symbol of bloodshed in of our community. Residents can see these dresses at many locations throughout the City. The locations are posted in November.
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. Educational materials are available in English and Spanish. This program is in cooperation with the Domestic Violence Program of the Child and Family Center and the City of Santa Clarita.
SCV 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.