Zontian of the Year, FRANCINE FIEL

By Darleen Lyons | January 27, 2021

EXEMPLIFYING SERVICE TO ZONTA When Fran Fiel’s name was suggested to the Zontian of the Year Committee, a committee made up of the recipients of the award for the previous three years, she was the hands down winner. During the year, it seemed that Fran was everywhere: helping the Foundation, serving on numerous committees and…

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

By Darleen Lyons | December 10, 2020

  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…

Zonta Club of SCV Receives Proclamation from City of Santa Clarita

By Darleen Lyons | December 9, 2020

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…

Zonta Club of SCV’s 16 Days of Activism

By Darleen Lyons | December 8, 2020

We believe in making the world a better place by empowering women and girls. Zonta stands for women’s rights. We advocate for equality, education, and an end to child marriage and all gender-based violence. Our club’s advocacy efforts brings awareness of these issues to the Santa Clarita Valley community and beyond. Gender-based violence includes psychological,…

United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC): Human Trafficking & Smuggling of Migrants

By Darleen Lyons | December 7, 2020

Trafficking in persons is the acquisition of people by improper means such as force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them. Smuggling of migrants involves the procurement for financial or other material benefit of illegal entry of a person into a State of which that person is not a national or resident. Virtually…

Ending Child Marriage

By Darleen Lyons | December 5, 2020

Globally, 21% of girls are married before they turn 18, robbing them of their childhood. Each year, another 12 million girls under the age of 18 are married around the world. Child marriage is globally recognized as a harmful practice and a human rights violation. However, despite laws against it, the practice remains widespread and…

Proclamation on National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2020

By Darleen Lyons | December 4, 2020

Issued on: October 1, 2020 All Americans deserve a life free from the threat of physical and psychological harm.  Tragically, far too many Americans are deprived of this right by perpetrators of domestic violence.  During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we offer our support to the victims and survivors of this unacceptable atrocity and reaffirm our…

Zonta International commemorates World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30

By Darleen Lyons | December 3, 2020

OAK BROOK, ILLINOIS –  On July 30, Zonta International encourages its members throughout the world to promote activities to recognize the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, which was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in a resolution adopted in 2013. The day was established to raise awareness of the plight of human trafficking…

PART 2 ~ Addressing gender-based violence through education

By Darleen Lyons | December 3, 2020

Women and girls today are at an alarming risk of violence in almost every space-at school and work, in the home and community, and even online. All of these have physical, psychological and social consequences. Education has been shown to have a largely positive impact on reducing gender-based violence. Women with at least a secondary-level…

PART 1 ~ Addressing Gender-Based Violence Through Education

By Darleen Lyons | December 2, 2020

Zonta believes education has the power to save and improve the lives of women and girls, which leads to healthier families and stronger communities. Through our international service projects, Zonta International is working to end gender-based violence (GBV) and bring education to women and girls in 16 countries. We empower adolescent girls. Adolescents, especially girls,…