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This coming weekend kicks off the 16 Days of Activism. From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The UNiTE Campaign’s global advocacy theme this year is: Orange the World: #HearMeToo. See below for ideas of how some clubs are participating in this event.

Niagara Falls turns orange.
Join the Zonta Clubs of Niagara Falls, ON, Fort Erie, and St Catharines on November 24th at Table Rock in Niagara Falls, Canada (6650 Niagara Parkway) at 9:30pm to celebrate the beginning of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. The evening will feature speakers and demonstrations followed by a walk to the Falls and our Candle Light Vigil. For more information please contact Christine at 289-241-2430.
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ZC Buffalo President Mary Vacanti invites everyone to join us for this short ceremony.
On Sunday, Nov. 25 at noon, Our District 4 custom made Centennial Flag will be shown at Niagara Square near City Hall in Buffalo as a visual part of the Zonta Club of Buffalo’s event in honor of the First Day of the United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women. ZC Buffalo has also arranged for the Electric Tower and Peace Bridge to be lit up at night in yellow to honor this momentous occasion.
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We have an appearance on Weather Outside Ch 7 on Tuesday, November 20 to publicize 16 Days of Activism including our Breakfast With Santa on December 2. The funds from this fundraiser are used for Domestic Violence Programs in the community.

On Wednesday, November 28 we are having a button making session at the Kenmore Library. from 6:30-8:30. The buttons we make will be meant to be worn by Zonta members to encourage questions and discussion re: Domestic Violence issues and then passed to the person who inquired about the button so that she wears it and can also answer questions and pass it on during the 16 Days.

We are in the process of ordering the business cards based on the ones that were developed by Niagara Falls re: Domestic Violence resources. Our cards will have resources for our area.
ZC Batavia-Genesee County
Batavia-Genesee County will have orange lights shine on the ground level of the Old Court House and then do Facebook postings of information.
25           “Spread the word” day; visit The 2018 campaign issue for Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women will focus on ending child marriage. Each day, starting Nov. 24, Zonta International will release a new graphic that highlights this need. Comment and share these posts.
 26          “Clean your closet” day: do you have any good clothes that can be given to ECC One-Stop for women returning to work? Get to Diane by Dec. 2 or call Phyllis to pick-up.
27           “PJs for Haven House.”  Buy pajamas (M- XL) for the women at Haven House. Take to Nancy by Dec. 8 or call Phyllis to pick-up.
29           Do more inspirational quote books for Family Justice Center. Begin work on bookmarks at 6 pm at Phyllis’ house. Please RSVP to Phyllis if you will be coming to do this.
29           Article should be in Lancaster and Cheektowaga Bee (possibly in the Lancaster Sun)
30           Write letters to Members of Congress to support reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act of 2018 (H.R. 6545) and/or contact your senators and representatives and ask them to support the bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act.
1             Mail letters.
2             Last day to deliver pajamas for Haven House to Diane’s and/or all clothes for ECC to Nancy’s.
3             Clothes to be delivered to ECC One-Stop (Nancy to deliver.)
4             “Give a Woman a Good Night’s Sleep.” Haven House will pick up pj’s.
5             Complete books for Family Justice Center and bookmarks for Library activity (Dec. 9).
6             Tour Family Justice Center at 5 pm with Tiffany. Need at least 3 more members interested in tour. RSVP to Phyllis.
7             Distribute posters and materials for Family Justice Center to work places, churches, libraries, etc.
8             Brunch at 11 am with Drew Beiter, Director for Summer Institute for Human Rights. Location to be determined.
9             Table at Julia B. Reinstein Library, Losson Road in Cheektowaga from 12-4 pm. Will provide information on Zonta’s 16 Days and Family Justice Center. Are you interested in sitting for an hour?
10           Human Rights Day. Check website; share our Zonta story.
Zonta Club of Hamburg-Orchard Park is marking the 16 Days of Activism to combat Violence Against Women in three ways during November.
  • Family Justice Center Speaker Logan Spanz , an Abuse Survivor with his mother is the speaker for their November meeting.
  • Members are marching with a Violence against Women banner in the Town of Hamburg Parade on Nov. 24.
  • Some members are also attending the Zonta Club of Buffalo event on Nov 25 at Niagara Square. 
Zonta Club of Toronto and the Zonta E-Club of Canada will be at Nathan Phillips Square at 4:30 on Sunday, November 25th to launch 16 Days of Activism. The Toronto sign, CN Tower and City Hall will light up Orange. We will meet at the T end of the Toronto sign. Join us in our efforts to end gender based violence.
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Members of the ZC of Rochester have agreed to forward the daily posts from Zonta International to their social network.
Zonta Club of Bradford
The Zonta Club of Bradford will be airing daily messages on our Facebook page. Each day will feature a short video made by a male ally in our community. The speaker will share a fact about women and violence and share their endorsement of support in Zonta’s campaign to end violence against women.
You are invited to join the Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo on Sunday, November 25th at 7 pm in Waterloo Town Square to mark the first day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. The lighting around the trees in downtown Waterloo will be orange from 7-10 pm in honour of this initiative.
We will be inviting speakers to share their thoughts at approximately 7 pm. Join us and show your support for women and girls everywhere!

On Sunday, November 25,  the HAMILTON sign will be lit orange for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. We are inviting members and any other interested people to join us  on November 25 at 7 pm to have our photo taken in a group in front of the HAMILTON sign at City Hall. We will be wearing orange and sharing our photos and our message on social media and throughout the community.

We will also be displaying our Zonta Says No banner Dec 3 to Dec 9 across the front facade of City Hall  along with 3 electronic signs across from City Hall on Main St. W, in front of First Ontario center at Bay and York and near MacNab Bus terminal on King St. W . We hope you look for these when you pass by. Our members will be coming out Tuesday Dec 4 at 4 pm to have our photo taken in front of the banner at City Hall. You are welcome to join us.

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The Zonta Club of Woodstock is proud to continue our partnership, since 2013, with Domestic Assault Review Team (D.A.R.T.) Oxford in the Zonta Says NO campaign.  D.A.R.T. Oxford is a committee of representatives from organizations that are “first responders” to acts of violence in Oxford County.  Such first responders are Woodstock Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, three county hospitals, Domestic Abuse Service Oxford, Ingamo Home (2nd stage housing for abused women), Canadian Mental Health Association Oxford, Children’s Aid Society, Probation & Parole, Survivors’ Voices Oxford and others.
Zonta Says NO in our county of more than 100,000 residents is an awareness campaign about making local issues more visible to members of our community who are close to “at-risk” women and girls and can encourage and assist in connecting those in need to supportive resources available in Oxford County.
Throughout the campaign, Zonta members and participating partners will be dispersing ~2400 orange ribbons, and 500 cookies from College Avenue Secondary School’s Hospitality program, at specific locations in Oxford County. Our D.A.R.T. partners selected a significant date within the campaign that suits their agency and partner with a local business to increase awareness of our campaign. 
Domestic Abuse Services Oxford will be handing out ribbons, cookies and literature at Woodstock Community Centre from 1:15 – 2:05 p.m. during the scheduled Free Public Skate.
The lighting of lights in front of the Woodstock Police Services Office, 615 Dundas St. Woodstock, from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. will launch our campaign.  This is a joint partnership between the Zonta Club of Woodstock, D.A.R.T. Oxford, and Survivors Voices Oxford to bring to this community the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women ‘Orange Day’ campaign and the purple ‘Shine the Light’ on Woman Abuse public awareness campaign of the London Abused Women’s Centre.  This simple, yet dramatic lighting of lights at D.A.R.T. Oxford agencies and partnering businesses in Oxford County on this date and other evenings during the campaign will bring awareness of the ongoing issue of violence against women and girls in our community.
Oxford OPP (Ingersoll and Tillsonburg) will offer a campaign display at their detachment and handing out ribbons, cookies and safety literature.
WORLD AIDS DAY (Saturday, December, 1st) - celebrated on Friday, November 30th
Probation Officers Association of Ontario, MCYS Youth Justice, and Woodstock Probation & Parole will participate by engaging youth at their drop-in program by handing out ribbons and cookies.
INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ABOLITION OF SLAVERY  (Human Trafficking) - Sunday, December 2nd
Woodstock Police Service will be engaging those in their detachment with a campaign display, safety literature, ribbons and cookies.
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If we missed your club, we will post another update next week. If your club has an event this weekend, please send us some pictures to share- at

Thanks to all of you for what you are doing to make the world better for women and girls.
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