On Monday, Nov. 13, members of the Zonta Club of Grand Island once again decorated the Town Commons with orange ribbons; the color orange is used to represent a brighter future, free from violence against women and girls.
At Monday’s Town Board meeting, a proclamation will be issued on behalf of Zonta’s "16 Days of Activism.”
Also, the “Zonta Says No” banner will be displayed on the Grand Island Welcome sign on the Town Commons.
The “16 Days of Activism” runs from Nov. 25 through Dec. 10. In 2008, The United Nations designated Nov. 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls.
On Dec. 10, 1948, the UN General Assembly created a groundbreaking global pledge, “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights." It enshrines the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, color, religion, gender, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
‘Zonta Says No’ to Violence
Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations and a global threat, according to Zonta International. It knows no national or cultural barriers; it takes place at home, in the workplace and in open spaces; it affects millions of women and girls in peacetime and conflict. It includes psychological, physical and sexual violence.
Zonta envisions a world where no woman lives in fear of violence. Through the “Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women” campaign, Zonta members and allies stand together, uniting their voices to advocate for all those who have suffered gender-based violence.