INTERNATIONAL DAY OF CHARITY

Did you know that Harvard University organized the first American fundraising drive, which raised 500 pounds? This was in 1643, before America was an official country. We were still a colony of Great Britain. There is even written documentation that in 2500BC, a mandatory tax (or ‘tithe’) to benefit the poor was first instituted by…

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Equality Day 2021

A day in Women’s History – August 26, 1920 was the day in women’s history we need to acknowledge and always remember the 19th amendment was certified by Bainbridge Colby, the Secretary of State. It was 72 years after women’s suffrage started. 26 million women were granted the ability to vote. 9 million women voted…

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World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day is celebrated on 19 August every year. 2021 is the twelfth year the humanitarian community has marked the day. This year, World Humanitarian Day is focused on the climate crisis. A global challenge for climate action in harmony with the people who need it most. This has become urgent as the world is…

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1929 Women’s Air Derby

August 18th, 1929 was the first day of the 1st Women’s Air Derby at Santa Monica Airport. Taking place at Clover Field, it was the first race for all women pilots. This transcontinental air race that began at Santa Monica Airport and ended 8 days later in Cleveland, Ohio. 20 women competed, yet only 15…

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International Youth Day 2021

International Youth Day is an awareness day designated by the United Nations. The purpose of the day is to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. The first International Youth Day was observed on August 12, 2000. The theme of International Youth Day 2021 is, “Transforming Food Systems: Youth…

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End Child Marriage

June 2021, Rhode Island passed a law to end child marriage under 18. This is great news! As of today, 5 states have ended child marriage, California isn’t one of them. The current law in California, established by SB273 and approved by the governor (Jerry Brown) in September 2018 and was effective in January 2019 includes…

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Knots: A Forced Marriage Story

Knots: A Forced Marriage Story is a feature-length documentary film that examines the truth about forced marriage in the U.S. through the complicated experiences of those who have survived it. Forced marriage is a human rights abuse that has lifelong traumatic consequences. IT IS WIDESPREAD. IT IS WRONG. Three forced marriage survivors – Nina, Sara,…

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Adolescent Girls’ Health and Protection in Peru

Adolescents, especially girls, must have opportunities to empower themselves so they can speak up for their rights and develop the self-confidence and autonomy needed to take control of their lives and bodies. Significant inequities based on gender, age, geographic location, ethnicity and income persist for many Peruvian adolescents. Defined by the Peruvian government as the…

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Zonta Club of SCV ~ Orange the World & 16 Days of Activism

  November was a BIG month for us! Zonta Club of SCV celebrated its 46th birthday on November 14th. And then, 11 days later, we launched our 16 Days of Activism. A “Zonta Says No” banner was prominently displayed on McBean Parkway at Sunset Hills Drive. We wore our orange shirts to signify Zonta’s “Orange the…

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Zonta Club of SCV Receives Proclamation from City of Santa Clarita

During the 16 Days of Activism, 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. The campaign also aims to change gender-based attitudes and behaviors so that we…

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