November 24, 2020, was a cold clear night when Zontians from both sides of the International border between Canada and the USA came to witness the lights at Niagara Falls turn Orange in honor of Zonta’s 16 Days of Activism and our Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women and Girls campaign.
Due to Covid-19 our plans for the celebration were limited by the need for social distance and wearing masks. I know many more would have attended but due to travel and weather restrictions, we were a small but mighty group on the US side.
The Zonta Club of Niagara Falls, Canada held a Candlelight Vigil on their side of the Falls. Both sides waited for the lights to turn orange. On the American side at Terrapin Point, a small group of Zontians from the Niagara Falls US club, Buffalo club and Hamburg-Orchard Parkclub waited for that 9 pm Orange light to shine out with our Zonta Says No Banner. We brought flashlights and flashed them to the Zontians at Tablerock but don’t know if we were seen. It was freezing cold on both sides of the border but we celebrated our solidarity and passion for justice for Women and Girls.
Hopefully next year our celebration of the 16 Days of Activism and Zonta Says No will be bigger and stronger.