, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to , Human Rights Day, the Zonta Cub of Gaylord Area, USA, is highlighting the goals and programs of the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan as well as the goals of Zonta International.
This year, the Zonta Club of Gaylord Area will support “Men Say No” by featuring 16 men, one on each day of the campaign. They will appear on the . They are community leaders, businessmen, husbands, fathers, brothers and sons who are taking a public stand to help raise awareness and prevent dating violence, sexual assault and all domestic violence.
The Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRCNM) makes it a priority to engage men. The WRCNM’s 100 Men Campaign addresses the belief that all men play an important role in raising funds for awareness. They also take a public stand to eliminating domestic violence.
The Zonta Club of Gaylord Area also supports “Coaching Boys into Men,” which recognizes the important role of coaches as they inspire young athletes to become men of empathy, respect and dignity. The program offers workshops and an online course for coaches. The Zonta club has sponsored one presentation for a local athletic team and seeks to contact other schools to sponsor more.
The club has also set up collection boxes, which are decorated with Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women signs and statistics, for the WRCNM’s Safe Home.
For the second year in a row, the St. Mary Cathedral School boys athletic teams have taken the white ribbon pledge, “I promise never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women.” We sincerely appreciate the coaches and the Women’s Resource Center for helping to encourage these young men to stand as role models.
Here are details of 3 cool events and other activities the Zonta Club of Midland, MI (ZCOM) planned to support the Zonta Says No campaign, 25 November and the 16 days of Activism.
19 Nov - The local chapters of American Association of University Women (AAUW), League of Women Voters (LWV) and Zonta Club of Midland (ZCOM) are jointly hosting a session on "Human Trafficking in Michigan" at Northwood University (NU), Midland, MI. MI State Senator Judy Emmons will speak at this public forum about this huge global criminal enterprise and the landmark 19-bill package recently announced in MI to combat this crime and support victims. Leadership of our local police department will also be participating in the session. ZCOM will be displaying a "Just Say No" banner, and members will be wearing orange along with the orange "Just Say No" wristbands. We will address questions about the Campaign from the public. Local media have been invited to cover the event. ZCOM and NU have just been involved in chartering a Golden Z club at NU this fall. The inaugural 8 members of the NU Golden Z club will join ZCOM in participating in this event.
22 Nov - Members of ZCOM will be attending "Lunafest" hosted by MATRIX:MIDLAND-Midland Center for the Arts and benefiting Shelterhouse, and the Breast Cancer Fund. LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival by, for, and about women. ZCOM members will be wearing orange and the orange "Zonta Says No" wristbands. The event is sold out, and ~ 400 members of the public will be attending. Shelterhouse is a local non-profit organization committed to provide safety, shelter, advocacy and counseling to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. ZCOM commonly does service projects and advocacy with and provides financial support for Shelterhouse.
7-8 Dec - ZCOM will be hosting our 33rd annual "Homewalk". This is a significant community event and ZCOM's largest annual fundraiser. Close to 1,000 members of the community participate in this 2 day walk of homes decorated for the holidays. A number of local companies and individuals are also financial sponsors of the event. Proceeds benefit the ZCOM scholarship fund, local service projects and contributions to ZIF. ZCOM's 70+ members plus some volunteers work the event and, for the first time, will wear the orange Zonta Says No wristbands to show solidarity for this Campaign.
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The above events will be highlighted on our website and Facebook page, and during the "16 days of activism" we will also be posting a "thought of the day" related to activism on our Facebook page.