Zonta Club of Niagara Falls, NY Inc.

Club Theme: "Women's Development is World Development"

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Zonta Says No

Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women
A campaign to end violence against women and girls

“Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women” is a Zonta International campaign to raise awareness of and increase actions to end violence against women and girls around the world.


The campaign, which began in November 2012, features the service and advocacy actions of Zonta clubs and districts to prevent and end violence against women and girls in their local communities.  It also highlights Zonta International’s ongoing efforts to end violence against women and girls through the Zonta International Strategies to End Violence against Women (ZISVAW) program and through Zonta’s partnerships with the United Nations and its agencies.


Building off the 2012 16 Days of Activism and the theme of the 2013 CSW – elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. Take a look at  Zonta Says NO campaign web page.

Service and Advocacy Booklet 2015-2016

Kick off to 16 Days of Activism - Turning Niagara Falls Orange!!

16 Days of Activism Project

“Leaving Dorian” is a book by Linda Dynel, a Lockport author, has been writing as long as she can remember, but she didn’t plan for her first book to be a primer about the domestic violence that racked her life. She calls her book “Leaving Dorian” a memoir of hope, and it is being read by those who run domestic shelters or who work with victims of spousal abuse.


One club participated in the 16 Days of Activism by purchasing some of her Linda's books.  We donated them to various organizations in hopes of spreading her powerful message to not only the victims of domestic abuse, but those who assist them.


We also collect items at our meetings to create "Bags of Hope". The contents vary from personal items (soap, toothpaste, combs), to clothing (hats, scarves and gloves), to household items (towels and sheets), to non perishable food items. They items in the "Bags of Hope" are based on the specific needs identified by each organization.

Zonta member Maggie Pollock (right) donating Leaving Dorian books to the Director of Carolyn's House, J.Suzan Ben.

Cathy at the Magdalene Project accepting 5-bags of personal care items and Leaving Dorian Book during our 16 Days of Activism.

Zonta Club of Niagara Falls President Gretchen Leffler (center) , Zonta club member Dr. Lindsay Edwards (right) make a presentation of "Leaving Dorian" books to Karrie Gebhardt the Director of Passage House, a Domestic Violence Shelter(also a Zontian).  These books were donated to the shelter for both "staff" development purposes as well as for the residents in the Domestic Violence Shelter to read.
Niagara Falls, NY  Zonta Club Member Angie Henderson delivers "Leaving Dorian" book to the Lewiston, NY Public Library. Accepting the book is Lewiston Library Staff person, Shannon.
Zontian Daisy Waters presenting a Leaving Dorian book to the Acting Director of the Niagara Falls Public Library, Jennifer Potter. Ms. Potter said that they deal with Domestic Violence issues all the time on a one-to-one basis with women who visit the library.