Zonta International Launches “18 Days of Activism” with Teen Summit in Cebu

Zonta International has kicked off the “18 Days of Activism” as part of its core advocacy efforts to end violence against women and children, and to promote gender equality through positive youth action.

A major highlight of this initiative was the recently held “Teen Summit” organized by the Zonta Club of Cebu 2, in collaboration with the Z Club of Childlink High School-Cebu and Move Mandaue. This well-attended one-day event took place at the DepEd Ecotech Center and brought together 100 student participants from schools such as Mandaue City Science High School, Mandaue City School for the Arts, St. Theresa’s College, Our Lady of Joy Learning Center, and Childlink High School-Cebu. Teachers from these participating schools were also present, ensuring a disciplined and cooperative atmosphere.

Dr. Salustiano Jimenez, Department of Education regional director and featured speaker, emphasized the importance of hard work and dedication as keys to success. He inspired attendees with the quote, “I will aspire to inspire, before I expire.”

Janet Mananay, a professor at Cebu Normal University, delivered an insightful talk on “transformative leadership,” encapsulated by the acronym V-I-C-E, which stands for Visionary, Inspiring, Considerate, and Ethical.

Dr. Rhodora Bucoy, former chairperson of the Philippine Commission on Women, addressed the topic “Transforming Gender Inequalities, Changing Lives: Towards a Gender-fair, Violence-free Inclusive Society.” She encouraged the youth to use their talents and idealism to challenge misogynist norms and promote values based on respect for human rights, diversity, inclusivity, and democracy. “Be part of the challenge to rebuild a more equal and inclusive world where no one is left behind,” she urged.

The summit also featured workshops where participants expressed their commitment to gender equality through original songs, dances, poems, and paintings—all created within two hours.

We extend our congratulations to the prime movers of this highly successful summit: Zontians Ma. Teresa Tio and Dr. Elsa Basubas.

“An activity like the summit always brings out leadership, team building, problem-solving skills, creativity, and open-mindedness, which align with the goals of the Z Club,” said Tio.

SOURCE: Utzurrum: Leadership, team building and more at Teen Summit