A local chapter of a global organization is working to end violence against women.
“Our mission statement is that we are a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy,” said Teresa Millett, President of Zonta Club of Bangor.
It’s a mission that members of Zonta clubs across the country and the world have been on since 1919.
The local chapter, Zonta Club of Bangor, is helping to spread a message. The message is:
“Zonta says no,” said Alex Turallo, an advocacy chair
It’s the new campaign launched by Zonta to help end violence against women.
“The statistics say that globally, one in three women will be abused at some time in their life,” said Turallo.
They’re using shoes to remind us that victims wear all kinds of shoes and walk among us daily.
“We want to be able to speak for the people who can’t speak right now,” said Turallo.
Nearly forty members in our area and about 1,300 Zonta clubs around the world will be handing out shoes to help shed light on domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
“And locally, somebody who wants to break-off a relationship and move out would not be murdered,” said Turallo.
They’re working with agencies like Spruce Run and law enforcement to try and shed light on violent acts, including the rising problem of human trafficking.
“People don’t want to talk about it. people are, for whatever reason, are afraid to delve into it. and that’s an issue that needs to be brought to the forefront, because it is out there, it is in Bangor. People need to know,” said Millett.