The City of Key West, Florida

The Southernmost City in th Continental United States

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Ending Violence Against Women

Mayor Teri Johnston and the City Commission has proclaimed 16 Days of Activism beginning November 25th in honor of an important effort by the Zonta Club of Key West. The effort is aimed at raising awareness about violence against women.

“Gender violence and abuse,” reads the proclamation, “can affect women of all ages, living in any community, but it is a topic too often kept secret or highlighted only when horrific acts play out in newspaper and media reports.”

“Violence against women is not a women’s issue,” read the proclamation, “but a societal issue, often rooted in misinterpretations of history, inadequate laws, culture, and religions, traditional ideas of feminine and masculine identities.”

The Zonta Club of Key West, which includes 27 members that are women of professional and executive backgrounds, encourages the community to wear orange, the color designated in the “Zonta says No” campaign. 

The effort is part of a larger movement in which Zonta Clubs all over the world are engaging in an anti-violence campaign in conjunction with the United Nations and Zonta International.

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In the photo: City Commissioners Gregory Davila and Jimmy Weekley, Zonta member Alison Kerr, Commissioner Mary Lou Hoover, Zonta member Judge Bonnie Helm, Mayor Teri Johnston, Zonta member Barbara Avila Commissioner Sam Kaufman, Zonta members Silvie Hughes, Nicole Belles and Marilyn Douthett, and Commissioner Billy Wardlow.