Zonta USA Advocacy Action Center

Zonta International is a global organization of individuals dedicated to building a better world for women and girls. The Zonta USA 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. In addition to the actions below, click here to support our joint efforts with UNICEF USA to end child marriage in the United States.

Support courageous Iranian protesters
On September 16, 2022, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini was detained in Iran by the morality police for not correctly wearing a hijab. Following a three-day coma, she died in custody. Her death ignited mass protests across the country, triggering a heavy-handed regime response. As a result, hundreds of protesters have been killed by regime security forces and thousands more have been detained on false charges. Many of those in custody—particularly women—have experienced cruel and inhumane torture.

The concurrent resolution condemning the Iranian regime's human rights abuses against the brave women and men of Iran peacefully demonstrating in more than 133 cities was passed in the House by a vote of 420-1 in January 2023. For the concurrent resolution to move forward, S. Con. Res. 2 must be agreed to in the Senate.

In addition to expressing support for the courageous Iranian protesters demonstrating for their freedoms, the bipartisan resolution also condemns the brutal beating and death of Amini and the violent suppression by the Iranian regime of women and men participating in demonstrations. Finally, the resolution encourages continued efforts by the Biden Administration to respond to the protests, including the recent sanctioning of the Iranian morality police.

Please use our pre-drafted letter to urge your representative to co-sponsor and support S. Con. Res. 2. If they have already sponsored or co-sponsored the bill, you can send a message of thanks.

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