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Pittsburgh, Nov. 1, 2007 — Peggy Schmiedecke, Admissions Record Coordinator and member of the Zonta Club of Downtown Pittsburgh, recently attended the 2007 Zonta International 50th District Conference at Chautauqua Institution. At that conference, Zonta District 4 Governor Sandy Travers awarded Schmiedecke with the 2007 Governor's Choice Award in recognition of outstanding service during fiscal year June 1, 2006, to May 31, 2007.

During that period of time, Schmiedecke was instrumental in bringing awareness to the global issue of violence against women by taking a petition of signatures to Sen. Jane Orie (R-Pa.) and asking the Pennsylvania legislature to recognize Zonta’s 16 Days of Activism, an international campaign from Nov. 25 through Dec. 10 that focuses on women, violence and human rights.

The legislature agreed to Schmiedecke’s request; an Oct. 17 news conference announced the upcoming two-week campaign, which is an organizing strategy for individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. In addition, the legislature recognized Sunday, Nov. 25, as International Day Against Violence Against Women. Schmiedecke is thrilled with the outcome.

“Zonta is committed to advancing the status of women by providing mission-focused service, locally and globally, in order to improve women’s legal rights, health, education, and economic status, and to prevent violence against women. Being an advocate of this campaign is very important because until women can live free from physical and psychological violence, they do not live with full human rights,” said Schmiedecke, a resident of McCandless Township who has been involved with Zonta for nine years.

For more information on Zonta Pittsburgh, interested people may visit its website at The Zonta International website is

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