Zonta Says NO!

Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women & Children, 16 Days of Activism
November 25 - December 10, shining a light on this unacceptable situation.

Did you know?  

- Domestic Violence and Its Effects: Every 9 seconds in the U.S. a woman is assaulted or beaten?!  
Statistic from National Center Against Domestic Violence (National Statistics Domestic Violence.pdf)  Posted day one of 16 days of activism.  Nov. 25

- 41,000 girls become brides every day, often to older men.  This is 28 girls per minute; 1 of 9 is under 15 years of age!  (Another disturbing statistic = We need ACTION!)  Posted day 2 of 16 days of activism. Nov. 26

- Violence on Campus: 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men in the U.S. are targets of attempted or completed sexual assault while they are college students.  4 in 5 victims knew their attacker.  Violence on Campus is an issue that any student needs to be able to report and be heard and supported.  Posted day 3 of 16 days of activism. Nov. 27

- Achieve Gender Equality and Empower all Women and Girls.  Achieve gender equality for ALL - women & girls.  Posted day 4 of 16 days of activism. Nov. 28

Learn more GET THE FACTS!


As you are driving up I-75 North watch for our billboard!

Nov. 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to Dec. 10, 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 Zonta Club of Gaylord Facebook page. 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.



16 days of Activism 2016
November 25, 2016 marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.  Read below how clubs are creating awareness.

Zonta Club of Charlevoix - 

The flags commemorate 171 women from Charlevoix County. These are women you probably know. Women who might be your friends, your neighbors, or women you see in church every week. They could be women you work with. But whoever they are, each of these 171 women has something in common: sometime during the past twelve months, each of these women has been a victim of domestic violence.  Read More>>

Zonta Club of Traverse City -

The club is working to collaborate with other organizations in the area that share their mission to help end violence against women.
Zonta Club of Gaylord Area -

The club fought high winds, cold temps and snow to honor the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women by assembling a display on the courthouse lawn.  128 flags were solemnly placed.  Each flag representing one of the reported individual Otsego County victims of domestic abuse or rape from this past year.
Zonta Club of Petoskey - 

The club marched in the Nov. 29, 2014 Stafford's Holiday Parade in Petoskey to create awareness for the Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women Campaign.  In the picture Rachel Smolinski and her dad, Ron Rasmussen are holding the Zonta Says No club banner.  Ron continues to inspire Rachel to be a strong woman and speak up for what she believes.  She offers up thanks to all the fathers out there for inspiring women to Say No to Violence Against Women.  

Other planned club campaign events:
 - Zontians will wear orange ribbons to create awareness for the campaign during the 16 days.
- A press release will be issued announcing the campaign and will continue each week during the 16 days.
- The Zonta Club of Petoskey launched an "Empty Shoes" campaign on Facebook asking for posted photos of your "Empty Shoes" to represent the women lost or damaged by gender violence!  Their goal is photos of 1,000 pairs of shoes posted on their site by December 10, 2014.
Zonta Club of Ann Arbor Washtenaw
Zonta Club of Chatham-Kent

         Join Us On The Bridge!
           Say No To Violence

The club held an demonstration on the 3rd Street Bridge on Nov 25,2016
they wore orange and carried signs in support of women and girls everywhere.


Facts about Violence in Canada


  • Every six days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner.

  • On any given day in Canada, more than 3,000 women (and their 2,500 children) are living in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence.

  • Each year, over 40,000 arrests result from domestic violence.

  • As of 2010, there were 582 known cases of missing or murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Amnesty International and the United Nations have called upon the Canadian government to take action - without success.

  • In just one year in Canada, 427,000 women over age 15 reported they had been sexually assaulted, and half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since age 16.

  • 80% of sex trafficking victims in Canada are women and girls.

  • 61% of all Canadians say they personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted.

  • More than one in ten Canadian women say they have been stalked by someone in a way that made them fear for their life.

Past Activities by Clubs
The Zonta Club of Michigan Capitol Area held a rally and tribute to all women who have been victims of violence on November 25, 2013 at 6:00 PM at Lansing City Hall Lobby, 124 W. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI. 

ZCMCA and Zonta International began the ZONTA SAYS NO campaign to end the violence against women locally and worldwide with the rally at Lansing City Hall.  The campaign commenced November 25, 2013 and continued to December 10th, Human Rights Day.

At the rally, ZCMCA had a 'Parade of Purses' in Lansing City Hall with names attached of women in the Greater Lansing Area who have died as a result of violence.  After the rally, ZCMCA donated the gently used purses to Handbags for Hope which were distributed them to women living in domestic violence shelters.  Personal items for their use were packed in the bags for the women when they leave the shelter.  Donations of items such as soap, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, and other such items were gratefully accepted at the rally.

The event was free to the public.  Visit
ZCMCA's website.

Gaylord, Michigan, November 25, 2013    On 25 November, the Zonta Club of Gaylord Area fought high winds, cold temperatures and snow to honor the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women by assembling a display on the courthouse lawn.  128 flags were solemnly placed. Each flag representing one of the reported Otsego County victims of domestic abuse or sexual assult from this past year.  The Zonta Says No Banner was displayed behind the flags. Read More>> 

The Zonta clubs Detroit I, Detroit II, Metro Detroit, and Southfield hosted an awareness event on Domestic Violence on November 14, 2013 at the Troy Community Center in Troy, MI.  The event included four presenters:
  • Kalyn Risker, Founder and Director of Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment;
  • Lynne Roberts - Author of "Are You Safe"
  • Officer Gaddies - Detroit Police Dept Domestic Violence Unit
  • Domestic Abuse Survivor
Members and guest were encouraged to wear Orange to raise awareness of violence against women.

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.

We will follow up to pr@zonta.org<mailto:pr@zonta.org> with photos/stories of these events.

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.