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 World" campaign. Several members of our club got together on November 22nd and took photos at Santa Clarita City Hall.
For the #16days, we had posts on Facebook and Instagram, every day from 8am-8pm to promote awareness about our club, Zonta International and the #16daysofactivsm.
Each day we have shared about what is #OrangeDay, #16days, #ZontaSaysNO, #GenderEquality and #HeForShe. Plus, we have shared about violence against women; including bullying, MMIW & the REDress Project (Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women), FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), human trafficking & human slavery, domestic violence, and ending child marriage.
Our club's PR committee also has many blogs on our website with articles written by our members that mirrored our social media campaign.
Our Z Club at Golden Valley High School and the Zonta Club of SCV hosted a Zoom Workshop on December 5th about "Recognizing Unhealthy Relationships". Larry Schallert, L.C.S.W. and Leah Parker discussed the characteristics of a healthy relationship, recognizing an unhealthy relationship, how to prevent dating violence and how the community can help. Leah is an outreach specialist for the Domestic Violence Program at Child and Family Center in the Santa Clarita Valley. Larry is the Assistant Director at the Student Health & Wellness/Mental Health Program at College of the Canyons. The workshop was intended for students, parents, educators and members of our community, but was open to everyone.
We also have an Amazon Charity Wish List for a new project, "Human Trafficking Survivor Backpacks". Our advocacy committee created the project and then our Z Club at Golden Valley and our PR committee has been promoting this project with great success from our community and fellow Zontians. The backpacks contain personal comfort items that will be packed into backpacks, and will be carried by law enforcement to be given to rescued survivors of human trafficking.