For Immediate Release
December 2, 2014
Contact: Nicole Lesson
Miami Lakes, FL - A symbolic display of shoes in front of Town Hall on November 25 kicked off the Zonta Club of Miami Lakes “Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women” and “16 days of Activism” international campaign to raise awareness and increase actions to end violence against women and girls locally and around the world.
During the event, Mayor Wayne Slaton proclaimed Nov. 25, 2014 as Zonta Club of Miami Lakes Day and encouraged residents to support the Club’s efforts to raise awareness, stimulate discussion and advocate for local solutions that can help curb violence against women. Zonta Club of Miami Lakes President Helen Brown gave a speech and said that in Miami-Dade County, there were nearly 10,000 victims of domestic violence, which represents an increase of more than one percent from 2012, according to a 2013 Uniform Crime Report.
The Zonta Club of Miami Lakes, is the local chapter of Zonta International, and is comprised of business professionals who work tirelessly in the local community through service and fundraising projects to benefit charities focused on improving lives of women.
November 25 is also International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and marks the beginning of “16 days of Activism” which is symbolically linked to Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day. During this time, the Zonta Club of Miami Lakes will hold several events in the Town including an informational display at the Miami Lakes Branch Library and a Zonta Says No Walk. Go to www.zontamiamilakes.org for more information.