Advocacy

Zonta is a key tenet of the 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.

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 to 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.

A Campaign to End Violence Against Women and Girls

“Zonta Says No”  is a Zonta International campaign to raise awareness of and increase actions to end violence against women and girls around the world.  Beginning in November 2012, the campaign features the service and advocacy of Zonta clubs and District to prevent and end violence against women and girls in their local communities.

Building off of 2012 Days of Activism and the theme of the 2013 UN Counsel on the Status of Women – eliminate and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls – the Zonta Says No campaign invites all Zonta clubs and districts to participate by sharing their new and ongoing actions to end violence against women and girls.  These actions will be featured on a special Zonta Says No campaign web page and official social media pages.

Choose Respect March

The Zonta Yellow Rose Foundation has sponsored the “Choose Respect March” in downtown Anchorage since 2015. We lead the march from the Delany Park Strip to Town Square where there is a short program. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, the alarming increase in domestic violence, child marriage and child abuse with thousands of children out of school and women and men forced to work from home, there is an even greater need to call attention to and educate the public to choose respect.  Our focus is “Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women.”  This March involves our entire community and attendance has increased each year.

Statistics on Sexual Assault in Alaska can be found here:

Advocacy Days

  • March 8 – International Women’s Day
  • September 8 – International Literacy Day
  • September 21 – International Day of Peace
  • October 1 – International Day of Rural Women
  • October 17 – International Day of Eradication of Poverty
  • October 24 – United Nations Day
  • November 2 – December 10 – 16 Days of Activism
  • December 1 – World Aids Day
  • December 2 – International Day for the Abolition of Slavery/Suppression of the Traffic in Persons
  • December 10 – International Human Rights Day