Members of the Zonta clubs of Saint Sofia and Alba Langhe Roero, District 30, celebrated their fifth anniversary of partnership with a Night at the Opera event in Sofia, Bulgaria.
During the event, members from the two clubs read from a book of memories, where five years ago members recorded their intentions for future projects. Members also made new plans for their joint actions. Club presidents Rossina Todorova, from the Zonta Club of Saint Sofia and Angelica Mosca, from the Zonta Club of Alba Langhe Roero, exchanged gifts and a certificate that reinforced the sisterhood of the clubs.
The keynote speaker for the event was Nadezhda Stoycheva, co-founder and director of Animus Association Foundation, a center for rehabilitation, counseling and psychotherapy. During her speech, she outlined women's rights, talked about the issue of trafficking in humans and the impact of the NGO sector in Bulgaria in the last 20 years.
The Zonta Club of Saint Sofia awarded Stoycheva with a special token of appreciation for her long-standing efforts to raise a voice for women's rights and for her participation in the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign.
Plamen Kartaloff, director of the Sofia Opera and Ballet, received the Zonta Club of Saint Sofia’s annual award for his contribution to the empowerment of women. The plaque he received was marked with the Zonta International emblem, as well as an image of the Saint Sofia church.
In a short speech, Kartaloff thanked the club for the award and urged Zontians to continue their joint projects focusing on empowerment of women and gender equality.
A Night at the Opera continued with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sofia Opera and Ballet building, followed by an opera performance. At the end of the performance, a photo and yellow Zonta roses were gifted to the Bulgarian opera singers on the stage.