The Zonta Club of Kenmore kicked-off a month of activism for women by welcoming Deputy County Executive Lisa M. Chimera to its monthly business meeting on Nov. 2. Chimera spoke to the needs of local women and the county’s efforts to meet these needs. There was also discussion on advocacy, and what actions Zonta members could take to address these needs.
“I thank the Zonta Club of Kenmore for including me in this important conversation,” Chimera said. “During my time as legislator, I was involved in several initiatives that focused on the needs of women in our community. I was happy to share information about our county’s local law, that has helped Minority and Women-Owned Businesses postpandemic. More recently, my involvement on the child care task force has been able to generate funding at the state level, that will improve the lives of so many women, children and families.”
Zonta is an international organization of women founded in Buffalo in 1919. The Zonta Club of Kenmore was one of the first clubs established in 1925. The group stands for women’s rights and advocates for equality, education and an end to gender-based violence. In Erie County, the BE SAFE Program provides support, resources and safety planning to survivors of intimate partner violence. The team can be reached through an established hotline at 716-858-4630.
From Nov. 25 through Dec. 10, Zonta will make a public call for the elimination of violence against women and girls, through participation in the “16 Days of Activism.” During this period, there will be signs and banners throughout the Town of Tonawanda to bring awareness to the issue, and to provide information and resources available for women in abusive situations.
Zonta Club of Kenmore will work with some area schools to provide education regarding healthy relationships. In addition, there will be daily postings at www.ZontaClubOfKenmore.org to provide insight into this problem.
From 9-11 a.m. Dec. 3, Zonta will sponsor a pancake breakfast, with all proceeds to benefit survivors of domestic violence. The event will be held at the Zion United Church of Christ at 15 Koenig Circle in Tonawanda. Tickets are $6 for children under 10, and $10 for adults. Call 716-912-5777 for tickets.