Advocacy and Education

Chartered March 11, 1980
Member of Zonta International

Empowering Women Locally

Zonta strives to collaborate with a global network of professionals and like-minded organizations that are committed to our campaign to empower women and to end violence against women and children. Those organizations are (but not limited to) Shalom House, Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry County (DVSCP),  Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), Greenlight Operation, She’s Somebody’s Daughter (SSD), Randi’s House of Angels, the YWCA Carlisle, the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, and Unchained at Last.

The Advocacy Committee has been conducting visits with local legislators to learn how we can best advocate for our mission during and after a pandemic. In March 2021, they visited with Representative Sue Helm at her East Shore office and with Representative Sheryl Delozier at her West Shore office.  In April, they had a Zoom Meeting with Stephanie Applegate, Communications Director for Senator Ryan Aument and in May, they will hold a Zoom meeting with Sen. Mike Regan’s Legislative Assistant. In July 2021, the committee had a Zoom Meeting with Representative Patty Kim.

Zonta Club celebrates the 16 Days of Activism from 25 November to 10 December. In 2020, the club created posts on social media each day – see the video created to introduce the event.

In April 2021, the Advocacy Committee coordinated an 8-day social media blast to observe each day of National Victims’ Right Week (April 18-24) during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The posts included input from legislators and organizations who share our Zonta mission for this effort.

Check out the dropdown pages under this tab for Legislation in the Pipeline and Passed Legislation.

Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women & Children Rally

Since 2012, the Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey has held a rally at the State Capitol to recognize the Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. This year, the rally will be held on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. Join us in our continuing campaign to End Violence against Women and Children.  See the Events tab for more information about the rally. The rally was canceled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Watch for information about the scheduled rally in 2021!

International 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign

During the 16 Days of Activism, 25 November–10 December, all Zonta clubs and districts are encouraged to take part in the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign and to take local, national and international actions to influence the making and implementation of laws, as well as changing gender-based attitudes and behaviors to end violence against women and girls.

  • Zonta International believes no woman should live in fear of violence.
  • Zonta International believes we can achieve our mission of gender equality and empowering women with social justice.
  • Zonta International says “No” to child defilement.

 

DVSCP Candlelight Vigil

October is Domestic Violence Month. In 2019, club members attended 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.

Each year in October, (DVSCP) hold a vigil to honor the victims of Domestic Violence in these two counties. This year because of the Covid pandemic, they did not hold a vigil as usual, but DVSCP member Tonya Miller created a video to honor their memory. Click here to play it.