Advocacy

Advocacy is a key tenet of Zonta Club of Anchorage’s efforts to advance the status of women.  Zonta International recommends action in accordance with the Objectives of Zonta International to improve the status of women and to promote legislative awareness, advocacy and equal rights.

Elder Abuse

On December 4, 2013 the Zonta Club of Anchorage partnered with Alaska Adult Protective Services. Together we focused on raising awareness of Elder Abuse and the elimination of Elder Abuse. Several Zontians manned tables at 3 grocery stores around Anchorage distributing information about protecting Elders and other Vulnerable Adults. In addition, over 2,000 flyers were mailed to agencies such as Senior Centers, Food Banks, and Convenience Stores throughout the State requesting they distribute them to their clients and customers. Magistrate Una Gandbhir, an attorney specializing in Elder Law and our President 2002-04, attended the Club’s lunch meeting October 2nd to share her knowledge about this topic.

Zonta Says No

The Zonta Club of Anchorage is no stranger to sexual violence. Working with non-profits across the state of Alaska, we are helping draw attention to Alaska’s high rates of sexual violence and intimate partner violence. We have worked as volunteers at fundraisers, provided funds to shelters and help distribute materials on sexual violence. Non-profits we have recently partnered with include S.T.A.R (Stand Together Against Rape) and AWARE (Aiding Women in Abuse & Rape Emergencies).

The Zonta Club of Anchorage adopted the Emmonak Women’s Shelter as our long-term advocacy project in 2013. Emmonak Women’s Shelter serves an area of 6,000 square miles; much of which is accessible only by air. Our support includes raising funds & shipping supplies to the shelter.

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ADVOCACY DAYS

Mar 8 Int’l Women’s Day
Sept 8 Int’l Literacy Day
Sept 21 Int’l Day of Peace
Oct 15 Int’l Day of Rural Women
Oct 17 Int’l Day for Eradication of Poverty
Oct 24 United Nations Day
Nov 25 Int’l Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Nov 25- Dec 10 16 Days of Activism
Dec 1 World AIDS Day
Dec 2 Int’l Day for the Abolition of Slavery/Suppression of the Traffic in Persons
Dec 10 Int’l Human Rights Day