16 Days of Activism
Zonta Burbank joins the global campaign to end gender violence
November 25 - December 10, 2022 - It was an advocacy blitz for the Zonta Club of Burbank as it painted the city orange for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, a global campaign led by the Center For Women's Global Leadership. The campaign begins on November 25, the International Day For The Elimination of Violence Against Women and ends on December 10, Human Rights Day. Orange is the color adopted by the global campaign and symbolizes a brighter future for all.
Led by Zonta advocacy committee chair, Gloria Salas, the club engaged in a series of activities aimed at raising awareness and encouraging action to end gender-based violence in all its forms. The campaign began with a Proclamation from the City of Burbank, presented by Mayor Jess Talamantes. Then the lights at City Hall, Burbank Water and Power and Nickelodeon were turned orange in a radiant display of government and corporate support. Zonta member, Marva Murphy, set up a display at the Central Library telling the story of Zonta's advocacy to end gender violence, and Girl Scouts painted orange cut-outs of women which were placed in area businesses that promote Zonta and the campaign. Zonta club president, Kelli Potts, led a group of Zontians with a table display at the Burbank Farmer's Market and the campaign wrapped up with a self-defense workshop for the public at Inspire Martial Arts & Fitness.
The Zonta Club of Burbank is thankful and grateful for the support it has received from the City of Burbank and its agencies to bring attention to the campaign to end violence against women. - Gloria Salas
Zonta's involvement in the 16 Days of Activism global campaign began in 2017. Since then, the City of Burbank, the Burbank Police Department and local political leaders have become consistent and visible champions - first by agreeing to turn the lights on City Hall to orange and more recently by marching with Zontians from the police and fire department headquarters to City Hall.