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Zonta's Campaing against Violence Against Women

VAWA Re-authorization | Local Zonta Projects | Zonta International Projects | Resources

Building on the theme of the 2013 Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) “Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls”, “Zonta Says NO” is a campaign to raise awareness of Zonta’s efforts to end violence against women and girls here in the Yakima Valley and around the world.

Washington State Domestic Violence Statistics

View the DV counts for Washington State in 2016.


Advocacy Makes a Difference - Write to your Elected Representatives

Our Facebook campaign to get people to write to their legislators about VAWA helped bring sabout not only a good results (reauthorization), but also the chance to hear direct from the represenatives about the issues - see a letter from Maria Cantwell sent to one of our campaigners!


Survivor Tells the Story of her Years of Domestic Violence

3 day Domestic Violence Training in Yakima

February 21-23 offered in Yakima by Abuse Recovery Leadership Training - Empowering you to help victims of domestic Abuse in Yakima! Learn more about the training.

VAWA 2013 Update

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) (S.47) has been introduced into the Senate and both Senator Cantwell and Senator Murray for Washington State has Co-Sponsored this bill. Learn more about the bill.

US Ratification of CEDAW

Zonta International joined other non-governmental organizations in adding its name to a letter to all 100 members of the US Senate to encourage US ratification of CEDAW. The letter was delivered to all  members of the Senate on January 3rd - the first day of the new 113th Congress. Members of Zonta International also visited the US Capitol that day to show their support for ratification of CEDAW. Learn more about CEDAW2013

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) up for Re-authorization

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), enacted in 1994, recognizes the insidious and pervasive nature of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and supports comprehensive, effective and cost saving responses to these crimes. VAWA programs, administered by the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, give law enforcement, prosecutors and judges the tools they need to hold offenders accountable.

Please join Zonta ‘s Campaign to say “No” to violence against women by supporting the reauthorizing VAWA in 2013 through the 113th Senate. In 2012 VAWA was proposed for reauthorization by Senate bill 1925 which died in the U.S. House of Representatives. If you are unfamiliar with this bill, please educate yourself on the importance of the provisions proposed by the Senate as they help to ensure protection for those women who are members of extremely vulnerable communities in the United States.

Learn more:
Ten Things we would lose if Congress doesn't come up with a Real VAWA!
YWCA position on the VAWA reauthorization
National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women
Provisions in VAWA for Immigrant Victims of Violence Against Women in the United States

Encourage your congressmen/women to vote for the reauthorization of VAWA and to include it's Provisions related to Immigrant Survivors of Violence Against Women in the United States!

Senator Maria Cantwell - email Senator Cantwell
Senator Patty Murray - email Senator Murray
Representative Doc Hastings - email Representative Hastings


Zonta Club of Yakima's Local Projects

Many of the local service grants that we award each year help women who have experienced domestic violence. See the full list of funded projects on our Service Projects page.

Since 2011, our Advocacy efforts in the Yakima valley have focused on raising awareness of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in the Yakima Valley. Trafficking is an extreme form of violence against women.


Zonta International's Projects Overseas

Did you know that Zonta has supported projects to fight violence against women and girls at an international level for 13 years through the Zonta International Strategies to End Violence against Women program and donated more than US$2 million to these projects?

Zonta International is supporting three projects through the Zonta International Strategies to End Violence against Women (ZISVAW) Fund during the 2012-2014 Biennium.



Learn more about agencies that are leading the fight to end violence against women:

National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women
UNiTE - United Nations Secretary General's Campaign to end Violence Against Women
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence - providing a voice for the issue of ending domestic violence in Washington
Yakima YWCA - our local domestic violence shelter leads the fight against domestic violence in the Yakima Valley

Why Victims Don't Just Leave - Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence



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