Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley Improving the lives of women through service, advocacy and awareness
“Say No to Violence Against Women!” The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on September 13, 1994. It created the first federal legislation acknowledging domestic violence as a crime and provided federal resources, such as law enforcement training and rape victims free examinations. However, domestic violence is still a challenge! “Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women” is championed by Zonta Clubs in 63 countries. This awareness and educational campaign is held during the United Nations 16 days of Activism from November 29 through December 10, 2017. Each club creates their own message.
Locally, Zonta in collaboration with the Domestic Violence Center and City of Santa Clarita adopted Zonta’s “Red Dress” project to raise awareness of domestic violence in 2015. This year “Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women” displayed seven red dresses and a red vest, symbolizing eight individuals who have lost their lives through domestic violence since 2015 – six women in 2015, one young girl in 2016 , and one man in 2019. The travelling display symbolizes the reality of domestic violence in our neighborhoods.
The planned display at the Swap Meet was rescheduled to the spring because of rain; however, the Court House and College of the Canyons displays were visible to bring awareness to the community.
Join us to say, “No to Violence Against Women”! Reduce the number of domestic violence victims by observation and awareness, be “up-standers not bystanders”; help keep the display at seven dresses and one red vest! No one should live their life in a domestic violent situation.
For more information about Zonta, visit www.scvzonta.org or call Phyllis Walker at 661-251-1172.
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