16 Days of Activism

16 Days of Activism

November 25 - December 10

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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.

Days of Activism

25 NOV
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

1 DEC
World AIDS Day

10 DEC
Human Rights Day

Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley Commemorates International Women’s Day

SCV IWD Proclamation

The City of Santa Clarita proclaimed March 8, 2024 as International Women’s Day noting that it “is a call to action for accelerating women’s equality - a day to inspire others to understand and value women’s inclusion, celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness about discrimination, and encourage and mobilize all people to imagine a gender equal world where we create a sense of belonging, relevance, and empowerment.”

The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley, together with Soroptimist of Greater Santa Clarita Valley and Soroptimist International of Valencia, accepted the proclamation and joined with the City to #InspireInclusion as we all strive to further efforts for women’s rights and gender equality.

President Nicole Miller thanked the City of Santa Clarita for the honor and “recognizing the collective impact of the three clubs, and the difference we are making for women locally.”

This year’s International Women’s Day global campaign theme is #InspireInclusion -  “when we inspire others to understand and value women's inclusion, we forge a better world.  And when women themselves are inspired to be included, there's a sense of belonging,  relevance and empowerment.”

On International Women’s Day and every day, Zonta invites members of the community to join and help us build a better world for women and girls.

Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley Says No to Violence Against Women During the 16 Days of Activism 2023

Through the “Zonta Says No” campaign during the 16 Days of Activism from November 25th through December 10th, the Zonta Club of SCV raises awareness and takes action to end gender-based violence.  During each of the 16 Days, we encouraged the community to follow us on social media for information and actions they can do to build a better world for women and girls.  Most importantly, we shared statistics, community partnerships, information and actions anyone can take to end violence against women.

To raise awareness of ending gender-based violence and discussing the impact of domestic violence in our community the SCV Red Dress Project campaign has included a display of red dresses around Santa Clarita to symbolize those individuals who have lost their lives to domestic violence in Santa Clarita. These bright red symbols are meant to remind us of the reality of domestic violence and the impact it has on our community.  During Domestic Violence Awareness month, displays of the SCV Red Dress Project appeared at the Newhall Farmer’s Market and at the College of the Canyons Flagpole, in partnership with the College of the Canyons Golden Z Club. Each location featured important conversations between Zonta members and the community about the reality of gender-based violence in our community.

During the 16 Days of Activism, our ally The Assistance League of Santa Clarita, highlighted the SCV Red Dress Project in their Resale Store and on their social media.  The ALSC Resale Store displayed red dresses, along with information about the SCV Red Dress Project.  This partnership sent a strong message to the community that we stand together in saying no to violence against women!

To further extend our reach into the community and raise awareness of gender-based violence, we displayed our Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women banner over McBean Pkwy just south of Valencia Blvd.   The banner visibility helped us amplify our message for the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign and spread awareness within the community.  The location of the banner allowed our club the opportunity to have group photo shoot in front of the banner.  The color orange is the theme for the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign and our members wore orange and gathered to “orange our community” during the 16 Days.  We utilized these group and individual photos in our 16 Days of Activism social media campaign.

We also completed three projects helping women and girls in the Santa Clarita Valley through service and outreach, ensuring women have access to supplies they need and helping kids and youth feel important and safe.  Our first project was a donation of over two dozen boxes of menstrual products to the College of the Canyons Basic Needs Center (BaNC), giving menstruating students easier access to the supplies they need.  Our second project was a donation of 200 stuffed animal “beanie babies” to Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers that will bring comfort and joy to children during their visit at one of their health centers.  Lastly, our third project was in service to the community. We filled and delivered 20 bags with necessities for domestic violence survivors and 10 backpacks for children to assist the SCAR (suspected child abuse reporting) unit with the LACSD-SCV to provide comfort and help to affected children.  We are thankful for Captain Justin Diez, Sergeant Michael Rathbun, and victim advocate Nadine Teter for meeting with us and accepting the bags.  We look forward to continuing to be of service to provide comfort and necessities to women and children affected by gender-based violence.

Throughout the 16 Days of Activism, our local student clubs created new and meaningful student-led service and advocacy projects to address issues impacting youth in the community.  We believe young people are critical to achieving gender equality and ending violence against women and girls around the world.  We are honored to support these student clubs and their work:

  • Canyon High School Z Club
  • Golden Valley Z Club
  • West Ranch Z Club
  • College of the Canyons Golden Z Club

For all days of the year, the issues of gender-based violence facing women and girls remain.  Share what you have learned through your experience of the 16 Days of Activism.  Our community connection and partnerships help us to have a significant impact in the community.  Reach out to us with community opportunities to #endGBV and #buildabetterworldforwomenandgirls.

Local SCV 12yr old addresses UN on End Violence Against Women and Girls

Zoya Kalinsky, a seventh-grader at iLEAD Hybrid, a TK-12th grade tuition-free charter school, addressed the United Nations ECOSOC Chamber for the UNiTE Campaign to End Violence Against Women and Girls on Nov. 22. Speaking on behalf of UN Women and the UNiTE campaign and the 16 days of Activism in conjunction with the PVBLIC Foundation, the 12-year- old moved leaders from around the world as she called for an end to a form of violence many women experience from an early age — namely, bullying.

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Kalinsky’s address may be viewed on YouTube

Learn about UN Women, an organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, visit UN Women

Learn about PVBLIC Foundation, a nonprofit with a mission to engage global changemakers.

Watch Zoya on KHTS Eye of the Valley

Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley Raises Awareness of Domestic Violence with the SCV Red Dress Project

During Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October 2023, the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley raised awareness of domestic violence in the community by displaying the SCV Red Dress Project at the Newhall Farmer’s Market, and at College of the Canyons in partnership with the Golden Z Club.  For the past seven years, a cornerstone of the club’s focus on ending gender-based violence is raising awareness and discussing the impact of domestic violence in our community. The SCV Red Dress Project campaign has included a display of red dresses to symbolize those individuals who have lost their lives to domestic violence in Santa Clarita. These bright red symbols are meant to remind us of the reality of domestic violence and the impact it has on our community.

On Saturday October 21, 2023, Zontians displayed the SCV Red Dress Project at the Newhall Farmer’s Market and talked with members of the community about the statistics of domestic violence and listened to stories of those affected by it in the SCV.  Many members of the Zonta Club of SCV took shifts to be present during the outreach event.  Thank you to Beth Ryan, Cherise Moore, Valerie Bradford, Alicia Estrada, Jackie Howarth and Ines Cadavid, and all those who stopped by for their service and support.

Then on Wednesday October 25, 2023, the Zonta Club of SCV partnered with the College of the Canyons Golden Z Club to display the SCV Red Dress Project at the College of the Canyons flag pole, centrally located near the student center on the Valencia Campus.  Zontians Nicole Miller, Jackie Howarth, and Oriana John were joined by Zontian and Golden Z Club Advisor Patty Robinson, as well as Golden Z Club members.  It was a busy day on campus with other events and outreach happening also.  Many students stopped by to learn about how domestic violence can even affect young people in the community, and we had informative discussions about child marriage in California and how ending child marriage is also one step in ending gender-based violence against women.  The Golden Z Club used this opportunity to recruit new members interested in ending gender-based violence, and working to empower women and girls through service and advocacy.

The two SCV Red Dress Displays were successful in raising awareness of domestic violence during Domestic Violence Awareness month, by promoting #1Thing, which encourages everyone to do just one thing to raise awareness about domestic violence.

The Zonta Club of SCV plans to continue awareness building during the 16 Days of Activism from November 25 – December 10.  Additionally, we are grateful that The Assistance League of Santa Clarita will collaborate with us again this year and highlight the SCV Red Dress Project in their Resale Store.  The ALSC Resale Store will display red dresses, along with information about the SCV Red Dress Project through the 16 Days of Activism.  Check out the ALSC Resale Store during the 16 Days of Activism to support the Assistance League of Santa Clarita and the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley.  This partnership sends a strong message to the community that we stand together in saying no to violence against women!

 

Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley members participated in a press conference with District 9, urging California to end child marriages

On Thursday, October 5, 2023, Zonta District 9 took to the steps of Burbank City Hall for a press conference, spreading awareness other campaign to end child marriage in California. Child marriage is legal in 40 states, seven of which don't have minimum age, and one of those seven is California.

 

Zonta is an international membership organization that works to build a better world for women and girls through empowerment, service and advocacy.  There are groups across the world, and Burbank has it’s very own Zonta Club in the city, which is a part of Zonta District 9.  District 9 was founded in Los Angeles in 1923 and just celebrated their 100 year anniversary. Their area covers Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.

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What is Zonta USA?

Zonta USA is a “caucus” or group of Zonta Districts with clubs in the USA coordinating on aligned issues for political purposes.

Visit the Zonta USA site to learn more about issues affecting women in the USA and actions you can take to build a better world for women and girls.

  • Climate action - Zonta Says Now
  • End Child Marriage in the USA
  • End Gender-Based Violence
  • Equal Rights Amendment
  • Women in Leadership
  • Womens' Health

Zonta International Statements

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.

Examples of Past Advocacy Projects

Assistance League of Santa Clarita Stands with Zonta to Say No To Domestic Violence

We stand together!  The Assistance League of Santa Clarita is proud to honor the SCV Red Dress Project of the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley.  The ALSC Resale Store displayed red dresses, along with information about the SCV Red Dress Project through the 16 Days of Activism in 2022 and 2023, November 25th-December 10th.   The purpose of the SCV Red Dress Project is to raise awareness about the impact of domestic violence in our community and to increase local advocacy to eliminate violence against women.  With these red dresses, we remember and honor all those in the Santa Clarita Valley that have lost their lives as the result of domestic violence.  Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley President Nicole Miller shared, “Organizations working together on a cause increases the impact and reach of our advocacy in the community.”  Zonta is thrilled to partner with the Assistance League to serve our community members.

16 Days of Activism 2022 Joint Project with College of the Canyons Golden Z Club

During the 16 Days of Activism 2022 and with a focus on student engagement, The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley, represented by Nicole Miller, Lois Bauccio, and Cherise Moore, was honored to participate in a project with Patty Robinson, Jessica Edmonds and the PLACE project team at College of the Canyons.  The project was taken to a new level with the help of Jon Amador, faculty, COC Media Entertainment Arts Department, and his student interns. As part of the process, the team highlighted the work of Zonta and Rotary, as well as the leadership opportunities available for COC students who join the new chapters of Golden Z and Rotaract.

The College of the Canyons team was selected to participate in Pando Days ’22, which calls upon Southland college and university teams to conceive and prototype initiatives which implement a goal taken from the Los Angeles County Sustainability Plan.  The entire series focuses on the overarching theme of community, belonging, and well-being. The College of the Canyons project stresses that you cannot have a sustainable environment without having a sense of community, belonging, and well-being, something we all strive to achieve for in the SCV.  Check out the “Training the Next Generation” project here.

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.

Zonta Empowers: Take Action

Round table discussions were hosted by the Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley’s Advocacy Committee. The “Zonta Empowers: Take Action” series was offered several times a year and featured topics like human trafficking, intimate stalking and many others that helped our community understand topics that can be difficult to discuss. We were pleased to collaborate with many organizations locally that share our mission.