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Zonta Club raises awareness of violence against women

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By Kristi O'Harran
Herald Columnist
  • Roy E. Hughes' "North Cascades Beautiful: An Artist's View."

    Roy E. Hughes' "North Cascades Beautiful: An Artist's View."

Zonta Club of Everett asks folks to take note that Friday is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The day was proclaimed by the United Nations in 1999.
"Come together to raise awareness of violence against women and girls – a problem so pervasive that up to 70 percent of women experience some form of violence in their lifetimes," said Cindy Phillips with Zonta. "Nov. 25 also marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign, an international campaign to raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue."
During the 16 Days Campaign, special events are offered around the world to bring attention to the issue. The theme of this year's campaign is "From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let's Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women."
The statistics on sexual violence in wars and other conflicts are staggering, and bringing attention to this particular form of violence is critical, Phillips said.
In 1999, Zonta International started the Zonta International Strategies to End Violence against Women Program. Since the program's inception, more than $2 million has been provided to support 40 projects in 23 countries.
Zonta International is a global organization working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. The Zonta Club of Everett is a service organization working to improve the status of women everywhere.
For more information, go to, email or call 425-348-3501.
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Roy E. Hughes, of Snohomish, is the author of "100 Beautiful Views of Glacier National Park."
But he hasn't stopped with Montana. He's used his artistic talents again to write and illustrate "North Cascades Beautiful: An Artist's View." It offers more than 75 artistic renderings of hiking areas in the North Cascades.
He draws from more than 40 years of hiking experience and each picture includes text. There is also a map for each area.
Hughes works in watercolors, acrylics and oils.
To order a copy, go to or email
Hughes attended the University of Washington, served in the U.S. Army, taught school in Edmonds and Monroe and earned a doctorate in educational technology.
"I've hiked the North Cascades for 40 years," Hughes said in 2009. "Going to the mountains is spiritual for me. It's good for the body, mind and soul."
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Give and receive Saturday in Everett.
Joe Trieu, owner of Evergreen Beauty College, said they are offering free Santa pictures and haircuts at 802 SE Everett Mall Way in Everett.
Please bring money and toys for the Everett Women and Children's Shelter.
The event begins at noon. Santa will be on hand for photos until 3 p.m. Kids get a free haircut until 6:30 p.m.
"Each family will walk away with a commemorative picture in a holiday frame," Trieu said.
In addition, ladies can get a nail polish change and free holiday make-up sparkles.
For more information, email or call 425-423-9186.

Kristi O'Harran: 425-339-3451,
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