A club that will Advocate for Life Without Violence

Zonta Woodstock members envision a world where women’s rights are recognized as human rights, and every woman can achieve her full potential.

In such a world, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men.

In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.

Advocacy is the expression of support for or opposition to a cause, argument, or proposal.  Advocacy may include influencing laws, legislation, or attitudes.  Zonta advocacy is an action taken in “the public interest” or for “the greater good” concerning advancing the status of women and girls and their human rights.

Zonta Woodstock’s Advocacy incorporates Zonta International’s Zonta Says NO ten-year campaign with community education and outreach with like-minded organizations in Oxford County during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.  

Our club continues to support the United Nations’ UNiTE Orange the World campaign by wearing orange on the 25th of every month and during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence from November 25 to December 10th.

Some of the Zonta Woodstock members are sporting their new advocacy toques purchased from the Zonta Club of Toronto in support of their club projects.

Zonta Says NO Campaign


members & partners advocate for life without violence

Zonta International advocates promoting the human rights of women at international, national and local levels.

The Zonta Says NO flag flies at Woodstock Museum Square.

Zonta Woodstock will continue to engage DART partners, community organizations, and Oxford County high schools, Woodstock General Hospital, local businesses and community members in supporting the Zonta Says NO campaign.  

Our 2021 Zonta-DART campaign includes the orange Zonta Says NO and OAITH’s Wrapped in Courage purple.  

There are community displays of tabletop trees decorated with orange ribbons, the Woodstock Lely cows in orange and purple, flying our Zonta Says NO flag and Leah Marshall, Fanshawe’s Sexual Violence Prevention Advisor in Counselling & Accessibility Services will be encouraging Woodstock’s Fanshawe College students to take action.  

The campaign will be kicked off on November 25th with the raising of the Wrapped in Courage flag at the Parkinson Road Woodstock Fire Station at 10 AM and the Zonta Says NO flag in Woodstock’s Museum Square at 1 PM. Both events will include attendance by Mayor Birtch who will proclaim the day as the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women in Oxford County. Both flags will fly during the 16 Days of Activism and switch locations mid-campaign.

Each of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence will have a daily social media post with the opportunity for you to take action.

Woodstock Lowers Flags to Half-mast on Dec. 6hth

Making Change by Building Relationships

Our club has partnered with the Domestic Assault Resource Team (D.A.R.T.) Oxford, our County’s first responders to violence, since 2013.

This year we will continue our DART partnerships including DASO – OAITH’s Wrapped in Courage campaign by wearing purple as a symbol of the courage it takes to seek support and safety from violence.

Woodstock Police Services’ Constable Angela Wilson and  Constable Stephanie DeClark beside their digital sign announcing the 2021 Zonta-DART 16 Days of Activism campaign.

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Jess Cambioa owner of Camboia&Co is passionate about supporting women and local businesses, and creating beautiful gift boxes.

Darryl owner of Big D’s Sandwich Shack is joining the campaign.

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OAITH’s Monthly Femicide Statistics

The Ontario Association of Interval and Transitional Housing (OAITH) releases monthly femicide statistics in Ontario. Their work on Femicide Reporting is done in partnership with Dr. Mavis Morton University of Guelph.

Link to Statistics

Remembering the lives of these women wouldn’t be possible without the support of the students taking SOC 4030 F18 Advanced Topics in Criminology.

We greatly appreciate their commitment and care in ensuring these femicides and acts of horrific violence are not forgotten.

Looking Back

Woodstock Zonta Says NO Campaign Community Partner CIBC

CIBC, Ingersoll staff promotion the Zonta Says NO campaign from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10, 2019.

Zonta International advocates promoting the human rights of women at international, national and local levels.

2019 GROWgirls Oxford Attends

The 2019 GROWgirls Oxford on Nov. 29, 2019. Grade 9 girls from Oxford County attend the student lead event. 

Zonta Says NO Community Partner Scotiabank Dundas Branch

Scotiabank, Dundas St., Woodstock staff promotion the Zonta Says NO campaign from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10, 2019.

Tessa Virtue Attends 2019 GROWgirl Oxford Event

Growgirls Community Partner

Woodstock Zonta Says NO Cookies & Orange Ribbons

Individually Wrapped Cookies

Building Community Partners with Zonta Says NO

Tabletop trees decorated with orange ribbons.

Zonta International Zonta Says NO Campaign Banner
Empowering Women