Zonta Club of Billings

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2017 Status of Women

Zonta Club of Billings honored 5 Passages staff members who worked closely with Zonta members to create and support their new Mentoring Project. Staff recognized at the Status of Women luncheon were: Jan Begger, Mindy Brookshire, Lacey Stovall, Diane Fisher and Kristin Rude.

The purpose of the award is to honor a group or individual in our community who have committed themselves to furthering the advancement of women through education, economic equality, legal and legislative representation and health and wellness.


16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence
November 25th, December 10th 2015
Domestic Violence Proclamation

At the request of the Zonta Club of Billings, the City of Billings officially proclaimed November 25th-December 10th the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence in Billings, MT.  To hear more about this listen to it at YPR by clicking here...

No More Empty Shoes Art Show

During the month of October, the Zonta Club of Billings, in partnership with Angela’s Piazza and local artist Julie Pederson Atkins, organized art classes for victims of violence, giving the women a creative outlet to alleviate stress and anxiety.  The art is being shown to the public on December 8th, along with information regarding violence against women, in a display entitled, “No More Empty Shoes.”   

The Club sponsored the Billings premier of “The Invisible War,” in November 2012.  This documentary illustrates the concerning issue of sexual assaults upon women in the military perpetrated by their fellow military members.  The showing was held at a downtown theater.
Anti-Trafficking Forum

The Zonta Club of Billings planned, sponsored and presented an anti-trafficking forum, in an effort to raise the status of women and combat the violence that results from sex trafficking. 

Invitations were sent state-wide to groups working with women and youth, federal and state and local law enforcement officials, service clubs, churches; counselors and youth counseling providers; local bar association; CASA and guardians at litem; school districts and similar entities. 

There is rising public awareness about the problems which come with the large influx of young men working the Bakken oil development areas in Eastern Montana and Western North Dakota, and we wanted to capitalize on that burgeoning awareness to introduce the topic of sex trafficking of women and girls. 

Approximately 50 community members and service providers attended the forum. Legislative efforts in the state were discussed as well as existing resources to address the multiple layers of addressing the issue of the commercial sexual exploitation of women and girls.  The work of the participants identified  gaps in services and resources to address this issue.  The participants also identified next steps, including the possibility of creating a statewide Anti-Trafficking Task Force.