Oswego Zonta Club Takes A Stand Against Gender-Based Violence

OSWEGO, NY – During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Oswego, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign.

Launched in 2012, the campaign is a global call for actions to end violence against women and girls in communities around the world.

Zonta International calls on parents, educators, administrators, law and policy makers to address prevention of root causes of Violence Against Women through education and to facilitate effective mechanisms that will ensure eradication of Violence Against Women by:

• Supporting preventive programs promoting gender equal norms and violence-free environments, and programs that help men to change violent behavior.
• Protection of women by providing One-Stop Centers with medical/legal/social help for victims. Furthermore, promoting short term shelters and long term affordable housing for women and children, and supporting vocational training for victims to become self-supporting.
• Prosecution of the perpetrators through a) laws that clearly blame perpetrators, not victims; b) reporting systems and support to victims during legal processes; c) training of police and legal professionals to understand the issues.

The Zonta Club of Oswego will be partnering with Oswego County Opportunities during this time to raise awareness of programs that are offered through Services to Aid Families.

SAF is the only licensed Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program in Oswego County.

SAF provides both residential and non-residential services to all survivors, which includes all racial and ethnic groups.

The need for emergency shelter services for victims of domestic violence continues to increase in Oswego County.

“As of October 1, 2014, the SAF House has provided 2,093 bed nights in comparison to 1,915 in all of 2013”, said Cristy King, intervention services coordinator.

Zonta will be helping to collect some needed items for the SAF Shelter during these 16 days of activism.

Items the shelter needs include:  full sized towels, shower caddies, alarm clocks, twin size bed frames, laundry baskets, plastic hangers, personal care items including toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo and conditioner.

The club will also help to collect items for women who are exiting the shelter including: dishes, pots and pans, towels, utensils and any other items that someone would need to set up a new apartment.

If community members would like to help collect items needed by SAF, you can drop them off at Oswego County Opportunities Midtown Plaza office, located next to Joann Fabrics.

Vice president of Zonta Club of Oswego, Tammy Thompson said, “We are excited to partner with Oswego County Opportunities, SAF Program to raise awareness about Domestic Violence and Violence against women in our Community. While the Zonta Says No To Violence Against Women movement is 16 days of activism, the club plan on working closely with the SAF Program to support their efforts all year long.”

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About Zonta International

Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a global organization of 30,000 professionals in 67 countries advancing the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Zonta International’s ongoing efforts to end violence against women and girls at the international level are carried out in partnerships with the United Nations and its agencies through the Zonta International Strategies to End Violence against Women (ZISVAW) program.

Since the program’s inception in 1999, more than US $3.5 million has been provided to support 43 projects in 33 countries.

To learn more, visit www.zonta.org