Advocacy & Service
Per the United Nations, every day more than 39,000 underage girls are married. Child brides are at greater risk of intimate partner violence and sexual abuse, being trapped in poverty and serious health complications or even death due to early pregnancy. Zonta has participated in advocacy efforts around the globe to shine a light on child marriage with our Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign and other partnerships and events.
Locally our club brings awareness with an educational poster and display of 39 pairs of girls’ shoes. The posters list child marriage statistics both worldwide and in the Pacific Northwest. Playing to positive reviews, the display has been hosted by our city and college libraries, Southwest Oregon Regional Airport, theatre lobbies and now due to COVID 19, thanks to Crow/Clay & Associates AIA, windows in the Historic Hub building in downtown Coos Bay.
16 Days of Activism
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was initiated in 1991 by the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute, held by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University.
Since 2010 the Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area has participated in this conscious raising campaign with candle light vigils on the Coos Bay Boardwalk, assembling “Dignity Bags” for the Safe Project, proclamations by county and city governments, and social media postings.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Since 2015 Zonta Coos Bay Area has partnered with Southwestern Oregon Community College and the Safe Project, to bring this event to raise awareness of gender violence to the SWOCC Campus.