What is Advocacy?
Zonta International’s Advocacy Definition:
“Advocacy is the expression of support for or opposition to a cause, argument or proposal. Advocacy may include influencing laws, legislation or attitudes.”
Zonta Clubs are urged to express themselves about and become involved in issues which:
- improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women;
- advance understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of executives in business and the professions; and
- promote justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Zonta Clubs must remain nonpartisan and nonsectarian in advocacy action and on issues.
Awareness includes becoming educated about issues affecting the status of women as well as becoming educated about opportunities for legislative advocacy.
To read all of Zonta International’s Policies and Guidelines regarding Legislative Awareness and Advocacy: www.zonta.org/MemberResources/Tools/AdvocacyTools.aspx
Senate Resolution Designates September for Ovarian Cancer Awareness
On July 30, the Senate approved, by unanimous consent, a resolution (S. Res. 205) designating September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Sponsored by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), the measure identifies some of the symptoms of ovarian cancer and seeks to increase public awareness of the hard-to-detect disease.