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Mayor Harry Rediger during the Nov. 21, 2016 Cape Girardeau City Council meeting read a proclamation regarding the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (Nov. 25-Dec. 10) in Cape Girardeau.
Pictured are members of the local Zonta International organization accepting the proclamation from Rediger. Pictured left to right: Kim Keser, Dr. Christy Fowler, Linda Greaser, Mayor Harry Rediger, Cheryl Klueppel, Polly Holten, Melanie Baxter, Verlene Luna, Amanda Lincoln
The proclamation calls for all citizens and civic organizations to support work to end gender violence and to eliminate the detrimental consequences gender violence has on the well-being of our community. The proclamation’s text is as follows:
Whereas, as citizens of this community, we recognize the worldwide problem of violence against women occurs even here in Cape Girardeau; and
Whereas, gender violence 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, gender violence devastates relationships, families, communities, work places, schools, neighborhoods, villages, cities and towns the world over; and
Whereas, gender violence 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 gender violence has not yet been eliminated here or around the world; and
Whereas, we support efforts of individuals and organizations, such as the Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau, to raise awareness, stimulate discussion, and advocate for local solutions that will curb gender violence; and
Whereas, these Zontians stand in solidarity with 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 I, Harry E. Rediger, Mayor of the City of Cape Girardeau,
Missouri, do hereby proclaim the 16 days between International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women on November 25th, and International Human Rights Day on December 10th, 2016, as the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence in the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and I call upon all citizens and civic organizations to support work to end gender violence and to eliminate the detrimental consequences gender violence has on the wellbeing of our community.
In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Seal of the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, this 21st day of November, 2016. — Harry Rediger, Mayor