Sunday, December 6, 2015

At the UN: Eliminating Violence Against Women

Each attendee received an orange scarf
to demonstrate support for stopping violence against women.
“What an amazing morning,” said Liala Strotman, a member of Peconic Bay Zonta. Acting on an open invitation to Zontians, Liala went to the United Nations in New York City on November 25, 2015, to attend the official commemoration of the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

She reported that the event was emotional as well as fact filled, with past accomplishments noted and plans discussed for continuing advocacy on this issue.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave opening remarks. “The Secretary General is a huge supporter of empowering and protecting women and girls,” noted Liala.

Liala made new friends from the Middle East:
Roula Azar Douglas, author, journalist and woman activist
Saba Al Asfoor, president of Bahrain women’s association for human development

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