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12-3-13 Zonta Says NO Campaign

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12-3-13 Zonta Says NO Campaign
We as citizens of this community, recognize the worldwide problem of violence against women occurs even here in Lee County, Florida; and Whereas, violence against women is traumatic to the body, mind and spirit and can prevent people from being fully active participants at home and in the world; and Whereas, violence against women costs the nation billions of dollars annually in medical expenses, police and court costs, shelters and foster care, sick leave, absenteeism and non productivity; and Whereas, in spite of some progress, we need only to look at our newspapers or watch a television newscast to see the unfortunate truth that violence against women has not yet been eliminated here in Lee County or around the world; and Whereas, we support efforts of individuals and join organizations, such as the Zonta Club of Fort Myers, the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva, and the Zonta Club of Bonita Springs, to raise awareness, stimulate discussion, and advocate for local solutions that will curb violence against women; and Whereas, these local people join thousands of others from around the world to assert that the right of women and men to be free of violence is a fundamental human right; NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim that on November 25, 2013 and during the 16 Days of Activism all citizens are urged to support work to end violence against women and to eliminate the detrimental consequences it has on the well-being of our community.