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Young Women In Public Affairs Award
DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 14, 2023
TIME FOR ACTION:
Eliminating Child Marriage
Zonta's Young Women in Public Affairs Award Program was introduced in 1990 to encourage more young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing their commitment to volunteerism, public service and civic causes.
Zonta Club of Olympia has annually provided a $1000 award to a young woman aged 16 to 19 in our local and Puget Sound communities. Since inception, Zonta International has awarded over $1,300,000 to YWPA recipients in over 60 countries.
Learn more here for the instructions and application to apply for the 2023 scholarship!
Meet Our 2022-23 Toy Kay Scholarship Winner!
Akuyea Karen Vargas
Photos by Nora Phillips
Akuyea is quite an amazing force. She is a well-respected community leader and has done impressive work to further racial equity in Kitsap County. Akuyea is currently attending the Evergreen State College where she is focused on ethnic studies.
Learn more about her story and our scholarship programs here.
Pictured: Toy Kay and Akuyea Karen Vargas 2023
URGENT: WASHINGTON STATE
House Bill 1455 Child Marriage
As of 2022, only seven states have passed laws ending child marriage and Washington is not one of them. Currently, there are many loopholes that allow marriage under the age of 18.
HB 1455 will be eliminating some of those loopholes that exist in Washington State such as:
Void of marriages that were attained under the age of 18.
Void of marriages with persons incapable of consenting or when consent was obtained by force.
Removing the exception of parental/guardian consent to underage marriage.
Take a closer look at the amendments being proposed here.
HB 1455 is scheduled for a public hearing on January 31st, 2023.
You can help the End Child Marriage project by signing in support of this bill. See how by following these steps below:
First, visit the WA State Legislature page.
Choose the committee: Civil Rights and Judiciary and the date 1/31/23.
Choose the bill: HB 1455 Child Marriage
Choose the option: I would like my position noted for the legislative record
Submit as yourself and you did it!
Call your state rep today and make the ask for either sponsorship or support if they aren’t on the list!
Check back for updates on HB 1455!
Learn more about the how Zonta International is supporting the End Child Marriage project in this flyer and in the video below.
Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Event
Annual Fundraiser Update
Our Murder Mystery fundraiser on September 17th, 2022 was highly praised, well attended, and a wonderful success! Between our amazing sponsors and the generosity of the event attendees, we raised about $20,000 for our grant recipients! Thank you so much to everyone who attended and to the fundraising committee for all of the hard work that goes into putting on such a major event.