According to the World Health Organization nearly 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced either physical and or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
That’s why one local Zonta group is helping to raise awareness right here in Alpena.
“Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women” is a Zonta International ampaign to raise awareness of, and increase actions to end violence against women and girls around the world.
The campaign originated in 2012 and is part of the 16 Days of Activism ending on December 10th – Otherwise known as Human Rights Day.
Today the Zonta Club of Alpena was busy placing a banner and dozens of orange flags outside of the Alpena County Annex Building.
As Zonta member Sue Latuszek explains, each flag has a meaning.
“Our club has chosen to raise awareness of this global epidemic and how it affects our local community by displaying these 40 flags, representing the number of cases of violence against women filed in Alpena County for January 1st to October 31st of this year.”
For more information about how you can get involved in ending violence against women, visit the Zonta International Facebook page at Facebook.com/ZontaSaysNo.