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Opinion Letters Franklin Zonta Club joins international campaign

Zonta Club of Franklin, is a local chapter of Zonta International. Founded in 1919, ZI is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. With more than 30,000 members in 64 countries, Zonta has 1,200 clubs worldwide. Zontians volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international scholarships and service programs aimed at fulfilling Zonta’s mission and objectives. (zontainternational.org).

A campaign,“ZONTA says NO” has been launched by Zonta International to raise awareness of and increase actions to end violence against women and girls around the world.

“We can't and mustn't ignore the fact: violence against women and girls is still pervasive in all kinds of countries and societies. It’s in our back yard. Zonta International has been committed to its prevention and eradication for many years. In 2013, as the UN's Commission on the Status of Women focuses on fighting violence against women, we support the initiative with ‘Zonta Says NO,’ a worldwide campaign saying no to violence against women. Do not look away. Join us!" said ZI president Lynn McKenzie

If you or someone you know are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault, there is assistance with REACH, serving Macon and Jackson counties. You may call the REACH Crisis Line 24 hours a day at Macon County at (828)369-5544 or Jackson County, (828)586-8969 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Other counties have similar domestic violence programs or simply dial 911 in an emergency.

The upcoming Zonta sponsored fundraiser, Boots & Bling,” on Sept. 14, at the Bloemsma Farm Barn will benefit services and programs for local women. In addition to REACH of Macon and Jackson County, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to New Life Woman’s Center. “New Life” serves women in Western North Carolina by providing a safe haven for women and women with children in need for up to 90 days.

Please join us in our “Zonta says NO” campaign to end violence against women and girls.

Peggy Milton, VP-Zonta Club — Franklin, N.C.





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published: 10/18/2013
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