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USA Advocacy Action Center

Zonta International is a global organization of women and men dedicated to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. The Zonta International Advocacy Action Center is a tool for our members in the United States and other individuals who share our commitment to gender equality to take action to improve the lives of women and girls. With your help, we can make a difference. Here are some things you can do.

Protect survivors of sexual assault on college campuses

1 in 5 is too many

Protect survivors of sexual assault on college campuses

One in five undergraduate females in the United States will experience sexual assault by the time they finish college, according to the Office on Violence against Women and the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The vast majority of sexual assault and rape cases in the United States, however, go unreported.

The bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act, introduced in the Senate by Senator Claire McCaskill and in the House by Representatives by Carolyn Maloney, would protect students and professionalize the response to and reporting of sexual assault by:

  • Establishing new campus resources and support for student survivors.
  • Requiring fairness in the campus disciplinary process.
  • Ensuring minimum training standards for on-campus personnel.
  • Creating historic new transparency requirements.
  • Ensuring coordination with local law enforcement.
  • Establishing stiffer penalties for violations.

Please contact your senators and representative and ask them to support the bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act to ensure that all students feel comfortable coming forward to report sexual assault and so that more perpetrators can be brought to justice.

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Women's rights are equal rights

Ensure women have equal rights under the law

Support ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment

Many Americans mistakenly believe that women and men enjoy equal rights under the U.S. Constitution; however, that isn’t true. While the 14th Amendment guarantees equality under the law for men, it says nothing about women.

In June of last year, members of Zonta clubs from across the United States came together in Washington, D.C. to urge their senators and representatives to support legislation to remove the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Both the Senate bill (S.J. Res 5) and House bill (H.J. Res 53) have seen additional co-sponsors since June, but your efforts are still needed.

The Equal Rights Amendment was passed by Congress in 1972; however, it has never been fully ratified. Its ratification would provide a constitutional guarantee that all men and women are truly equal under the law and that these rights cannot be easily abridged. Without the ERA, women do not have equal rights under the law.

The Equal Rights Amendment will make it clear that sex discrimination in employment, education or any other space is a violation of women’s constitutional rights as Americans. It will also provide a clearer and stricter judicial standard for deciding cases of sex discrimination.

Now is the time to contact your senators and representative to urge them to support the Senate bill (S.J. Res 5) and the House bill (H.J. Res 53) which remove the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Together, we can ensure equal rights for women under the law. 

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