Round table discussions will be hosted by the Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley’s Advocacy Committee. The “Zonta Empowers: Take Action” series will be offered several times a year and will feature topics like human trafficking, intimate stalking and many others that will help our community understand topics that can be difficult to discuss. We are pleased to collaborate with many organizations locally that share our mission.
Zonta Empowers: Take Action!
Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations and a global pandemic. It knows no national or cultural barriers; it takes place at home, in the workplace and in open spaces, and affects millions of women and girls in peacetime and conflict. It includes psychological, physical and sexual violence, and harmful practices such as rape, female genital cutting, child marriage and human trafficking.
Violence against women and girls threatens countries, inhibits economic progress, and prevents women from contributing to their community and creating better lives for themselves and their families.
During the 16 Days of Activism, November 25 – December 10, all Zonta clubs and districts are encouraged to take part in the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign and to take local, national and international actions to influence the making and implementation of laws, as well as changing gender-based attitudes and behaviors to end violence against women and girls.
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 President
Zonta Says No
Please join me by following us on social media during the 16 Days of Activism. Every bit you can do will help. We took the challenge, “Envision a World Without Violence”, from Zonta International very seriously and created a different message every day.
Please follow our Facebook/Instagram pages and "like" and "share" our posts.
We were inspired to help raise awareness of prevention of gender-based violence during the 16 Days of Activism.
No women or child should live in fear of violence.
Zonta International envisions a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential.
In such a world, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision-making positions on an equal basis with men.
In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.
2021 Dates & Locations:
- Oct. 16-Child & Family Center Purple Palooza Walk
- Nov. 7-Santa Clarita Swap Meet at Saugus Speedway
- Nov. 21 1-3 pm-SC Library
- Nov. 23 4-6 pm-City of Santa Clarita City Hall
- Nov. 30-Santa Clarita Swap Meet at Saugus Speedway
- Dec. 5-Santa Clarita Swap Meet at Saugus Speedway
- Dec. 7-Santa Clarita Swap Meet at Saugus Speedway
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 different locations throughout the City.
These bright red symbols are meant to remind us of the reality of domestic violence which 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.
Zonta International's statement on Trafficking in Persons: A Human Rights Issue
Zonta International is a non-governmental organization with General Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and participatory status with the Council of Europe. Zonta is also a member of coalitions like the Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Girls Globally, the ERA Coalition and others. Through these relationships and partnerships, Zonta is able to issue its own statements and collaborate with other like-minded organizations to make joint statements and advocate for policies to promote and protect the rights of women and girls.
Statement by Zonta International calls for governments to take all appropriate measures, including legislation, to suppress all forms of trafficking in women and girls (within or across borders) and to prevent exploitation of women and girls; approved August 2021, published September 2021
You can read Zonta International's full statement here.
Examples of Past Advocacy Projects
Human Trafficking Survivor Backpack Project
Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. Women and girls are overwhelmingly the victims of sex trafficking. Zonta International USA Caucus in connection with the United Nations is working to end human trafficking. Our club is contributing locally by working with local law enforcement to support survivors of human trafficking. This project will provide backpacks full of personal comfort items that will be distributed by law enforcement crisis responders to rescued human trafficking survivors.
SCV Domestic Violence Court Advocacy
For almost ten years, Zontians in our club have been part of an ongoing program to become Domestic Violence Court Advocates to help local victims of domestic violence in cooperation with the Child & Family Center's Domestic Violence Program. Court Advocates write Temporary Restraining Orders and assists victims with the legal process and court appearances. This advocacy program empowers local domestic violence victims by preparing the restraining order and paperwork in a comfortable non-threatening setting and helping them to be ready to present in court.