Category Archives: Advocacy

Janesville Zontians Volunteering for Bags of Hope

Members of the Janesville Club helped bag groceries for families in need around the holidays.  Bags of Hope is sponsored by the School District of Janesville.  Every year, 2 weeks worth of groceries are collected, sorted, bagged, and delivered to over 300 families in the Janesville community.  Zonta was proud to be a part of it.


Day 16 of the 16 Days of Action Against Gender Based Violence


Today is the last day of our #16daysofactionaginstgenderbasedviolence

If there’s one thing I hope you remember, it’s this number.

Call if you experience violence in the home.  1-800-779-SAFE (7233)



Zonta Club of Janesville takes stand against Gender-Based Violence

Thirty-five percent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. The Zonta Club of Janeville is participating in the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign that aims to inspire action and end violence against women and girls. The Zonta says “NO” to Gender-Based Violence awareness campaign runs from November 25-December 10, 2023.

To kickoff the advocacy campaign in Janesville, the pedestrian bridge at ARISE Town Square will be lighted ORANGE from November 25-30.  Zonta thanks the City of Janesville for its cooperation with this.

The Zonta Club has also erected a silhouette outside of the Janesville Woman’s Club featuring messages about Gender-Based Violence.   Thank you to the Woman’s Club Foundation for their cooperation with this part of the campaign.

“Violence has no place in our community. It needs to be eradicated,” says Zonta Club president Cathy Myers. “We’re hoping to drive home that point through these activities,” Myers says. Additionally, local Zontians will engage in a social media campaign about the prevalence and impact of gender-based violence.

Use the links at the top of the page to visit Janesville Zonta’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Come Celebrate International Women’s Day!

Join us in honoring the women in your lives who have made a difference. Bring in a story to share and picture (optional) about a woman who has helped empower you, who has made a positive difference in your life. This program is free and open to all.

Beginning at 6:00pm, Vocal Soloist Jan Knutson and students from Parker Arts Academy will perform musical selections, honoring women composers and songwriters. We will share stories throughout the evening. The Hedberg Public Library will join us by presenting a display at the event.

Light refreshments will be served; the JPAC cash bar will be open.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Janesville Performing Arts Center Gallery; 408 S. Main St., Janesville, WI.

This program is free and open to all. If you are interested in telling a story, please contact Edie Baran:, or call/text 608-931-5705. We ask that your story be no longer than 5 minutes long. You may also just post your story on the display board at the event. Please visit the Janesville Zonta Facebook page for more details and to preview women’s stories.

Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Zonta International envisions a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to 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.  For more information about the ZONTA of Janesville, email or message us on Facebook!

Improve access to medical forensics for survivors of violence

Every 68 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted, and one out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.

The Alaska Comprehensive Training Forensic Academy (ACTFA), a pilot program run through the University of Alaska Anchorage, promotes forensic training for nurses and health care providers to build capacity for communities to respond to all types of violence.

The bipartisan S. 2655, or the Ensuring Forensic Care for All Victims Act, authorizes demonstration grants based off the ACTFA. Its purpose is to create funding opportunities through national demonstration grants to develop trauma-informed standards of care that
promote generalist forensic medical training tailored to meet health care professional and first responder needs.

The Ensuring Forensic Care for All Victims Act was introduced in the Senate by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John Hickenlooper (D-CO) in August 2021. Please urge your senators to co-sponsor and support S. 2655. If they have already sponsored or cosponsored the bill, you can send a message of thanks