Karla M. Roth, President of the Zonta Club of Concord
The Zonta Club of Concord developed two initiatives to commemorate 16 days of activism this year.
1. At the November 2, 2016 Business meeting every Zontians received a “Zonta Says No” ribbon to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Woman. The program for this meeting featured a renewed call to activism with a moving ceremony remembering victims of violence from New Hampshire communities. Because 1 in 3 women have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner, it was important that we remember these victims. At the completion of the business meeting we passed a “singing bowl” filled with slips of paper, each containing a true incidence of violence perpetrated on a local woman. Each Zontian took one slip of paper from the bowl, read the story out loud and then passed the bowl to her sister Zontian. The bowl “sang” after every reading. To complete our remembrance each Zontian took her paper slip home to remember that victim in whatever way she wished (just keeping the victim close in her heart or saying a prayer for her).
2. Compassion bracelets, a new service project developed by our service and Way and Means Committees, is raising funds in support of the Womankind Counseling Center’s newest counseling program for women who have experienced significant trauma. The 10 week program, named Women with Trauma: Learning Skills to Cope. Is a psycho-education group that focuses on learning skills to cope with the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The bracelets made by our members are fashioned from precious stone beads and pewter charms. The beads are a donation from a community member who wanted to contribute to our Club’s mission to support local programs and services that benefit woman. So far Club members have made 125 bracelets and have voted to donate all proceeds from the sale of the bracelets to Womankind. We expect to raise over $1000 from this project.
Barbara Ziemann, President of the Burlington Club
During the 16 Days of Activism, members of the Zonta Club of Burlington joined early-morning mall walkers at the University Mall in South Burlington. Wearing orange and Zonta shirts, members got their exercise and used the opportunity to speak to other mall-walkers about Zonta and the 16 Days of Activism. We gave out short handouts, printed on orange paper, which explained the initiatives and included information about our local club. It was a great way to connect with others in the community, raise awareness about the global epidemic of violence against women and girls, and spread the word about Zonta.
Bangor ME Club
The Bangor club is partnering with local banks to display information about Zonta's campaign, to "Say No to Violence Against Women." Shown here are some of the members at People’s United Bank.
Berkshire County Club
We are happy to share our 2017 'Real Men Say NO to Domestic Violence' calendar that was produced by the Advocacy Committee of the Zonta Club of Berkshire County. Men from all walks of life and all parts of the Berkshires joined their voices to this important cause. Order here: $15 with proceeds to benefit the club's advocacy efforts and the Elizabeth Freeman Center. Thanks to our contributors: Berkshire County Sheriffs Office And House Of Corrections, Lee High Wildcats, Berkshire West Athletic Club, Berkshire County Regional Housing, Petricca Industries / Unistress Corp, Ty Allan Jackson, Mazzeo's Ristorante Catering & Home made Pasta, Wild Oats Market, Steven Valenti's Clothing for Men, Gymfest of the Berkshires, Office of Community Correction and H & S Auto Parts and Service. Thank you all "real men"!
Dana Burton, Advocacy Chair of the Quaboag Valley Club
During the 16 Days, we are posting daily pictures on Facebook of people holding our "Zonta Says No" banner with facts about violence against women. We have also encouraged members and friends to orange their Facebook page and to write letters to the editor to raise awareness on the issue of violence against women. In this picture, two women veterans from Soldier On are proudly displaying the sign.
Barbara Anderson, President of the Arlington Club
The Zonta Club of Arlington staged a "Blowing the Whistle" on Violence on December 3rd by giving out whistles with lighted keychains to women for safety in addition to passing out resources for women.
A "Stand Out Against Domestic Violence" event was held December 5th at 5pm in downtown Malden. The Mayor's office worked with us to use the digital billboard on Rte 1 in Malden to promote our event as well! The Silent Witnesses are life-sized red wooden figures that represent the women and men killed by the act of domestic violence. There were 15 Silent Witnesses for those killed in Massachusetts and each had a placard with the name and information about the person they represent. For more information on the Silent Witness Initiative, visit http://www.silentwitness.net/ Members were joined by friends and family to show support for victims, advocate and raise awareness to the issue of domestic violence to the greater Malden community!
Sherri Topple, Advocacy Chair of Halifax
In support of the 16 Days of Activism, I would encourage you to join our sisters at a “Tobacco Tie Workshop” on Wednesday, November 30th from 5:00-7:00pm at the International Centre, 1246 LeMarchant St. in Halifax. Attendees will learn how to make these prayer ties and learn their importance. [Editor note: Please share!]
This is an initiative in support of “Walking With Our Sisters” - a Commemorative Art Installation for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada and the USA. The large collaborative art piece will be made available to the public through selected galleries and locations. It will be coming to Mount St. Vincent University from January 14-February 1, 2017. It is a community-based art memorial honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit people and their families.
Stantec’s new national Vice President of Aboriginal Relations, Denise Pothier, works from our Dartmouth, NS office. She is very involved in this initiative.