Advocacy

Chartered March 11, 1980
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Empowering Women Locally

House Bill 315 passes

In June, 2019, Governor Wolf signed into law House Bill 315 that Representative Murt has submitted for many years making female mutilation a felony of the first degree (imprisonment up to 20 years and a fine not to exceed $25,000). This bill amends the Crimes Code by adding a new section 3132 called Female Mutilation and defines the offenses.

Representative Murt addresses the crowd at the Zonta Says NO to Domestic Violence rally in November 2017. He dilengently addressed this issue at each of our “Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women” rallys for six years.

On June 26, 2019 Zonta members joined the Unchained At Last rally held at the Capitol to support an end to child marriage in the state. Executive Director Fraidy Reiss, who is a survivor of a forced marriage was the key speaker. Rep Jesse Topper introduced the bill in the House to raise the minimum age to marry to 18. Sen John Sabatina is the primary sponsor of the Senate version of the bill.

The Buyer Beware Act: Combatting Human Trafficking in the Commonwealth –
PA House Bill 12 P.N. 36 & Senate Bill 60 P.N. 44

Human trafficking represents a violation of an individual’s basic human rights and unfortunately, this happens way too often in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Keep watch of the success of these bills at www.legis.state.pa.us.

Zonta Says No! – 16 Days of Activism

Each year for the past six years, the Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey has held a rally at the State Capitol to recognize the International 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. The “Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women and Children” Rally will be held this year on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at noon in the State Capitol Main Rotunda. Please join us!

ZI encourages all Zonta Clubs to observe this activity throughout the world.

  • Zonta International believes no woman should live in fear of violence.
  • Zonta International believes we cannot achieve our mission of gender equality and empowering women without social justice.
  • Zonta International says “No” to child defilement.

Zonta International believes no woman should live in fear of violence. Zonta International believes we cannot achieve our mission of gender equality and empowering women without social justice. Zonta International says “No” to child defilement. On June 20, 2018, the House subcommittee that oversees U.S. Foreign Aid spending came out with its recommendation for the 2019 budget.  Soon after the Senate did the same, and we got everything we asked for.

In fact, the committees recommended an increase in funding the state department’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Office (the nerve center of all U.S. anti-trafficking efforts), full funding for the Child Protection Compacts that the TIP Office overseas, and full funding for the Program to End Modern Slavery – the new funding account made possible by the passage of the End Modern Slavery Initiative Act.

The Safe Harbor Bill (SB 554) Passes

In October, 2018, this bill was passed by both PA houses and became law with Governor Wolf’s signature.

Sponsored by Senator Greenleaf, The Safe Harbor Bill SB554 was created to provide immunity to sexually exploited juveniles and will treat them as victims instead of criminals.  It will provide these young girls services of restoration instead of incarceration. On December 4, 2017, Zonta members advocated for the passage of this bill.

The end of human trafficking is a cause that Zonta International has advocated for since 2002.

Candlelight Vigil

October is Domestic Violence Month. Club members attend the annual candlelight vigil hosted by Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry County (DVSCP) at the Camp Hill Borough building. The posters represent the victims of domestic violence in the Cumberland and Perry counties.

The Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey strives to reach out to other like-minded organizations to collaborate on projects or events. Those organizations are (but not limited to) Shalom House, Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry County (DVSCP), Greenlight Operation, She’s Somebody’s Daughter (SSD), White Dove Domestic Violence Organization, and the YWCA Carlisle & Greater Harrisburg.