BACKGROUND FOR DISTRICT 12 ADVOCACY PLATFORM
Advocating for a cause, whether expressing an opinion or endorsing proposed legislation, requires the ability to act or respond in a timely manner. Zonta is sometimes hampered by the necessity of gaining approval for action, either at the club or district level, when clubs meet monthly and district boards even less frequently. Yet there are some issues that are so fundamental to our beliefs as Zontians that there is no debate about our intention to support these efforts.
The resolution approved at District Conference in September, 2011 identifies three broad categories to which we will direct our attention:
* Pay equity (equal pay for equal work)
Current legislative action: Paycheck Fairness Act
* Gender-based violence (human trafficking, domestic violence, child marriage, rape, etc.)
Current legislative action: Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act
* Equal rights under the law (women's rights as human rights)
Current legislative action: CEDAW, ERA
The District LAA (Advocacy) Committee will produce "issue templates" for each of these priority issues and post them to the District 12 website (www.zontadistrict12.org/advocacy/). These are pre-approved letters, which can be used by District 12 clubs and/or individual Zontians wishing to advocate on behalf of any of these issues.
Appropriate uses for the templates will include communications to:
List of Advocacy Project Ideas
Advocacy Award Criteria
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