16 Days of Activism

Zonta International’s participation in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is in full force. Our clubs are holding events in their communities and raising their voices on social media to promote the campaign. Zonta Headquarters is providing fresh content each day – on this page you’ll find videos, infographics, podcasts and engagement activities relating to gender-based violence.

 DAY 16 – A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT LYNN McKENZIE

“What you’ve done has been amazing!…Please use the energy from this campaign to continue to highlight this very important issue…You have all helped to make this campaign a success. Thank you for saying NO to violence against women.”

 DAY 15 - ADVOCACY’S ROLE IN PREVENTING VAW

 Listen below to Kay Meyer, Chairman of the Zonta International Advocacy Committee describe the role of advocacy in the prevention of violence against women in the local and global level. She also shared ideas and advice on how each and every Zontian can get involved today and continue their efforts beyond the 16 Days of Activism.


DAY 14 – THE ENDLESS SHAME OF VAW

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 DAY 13 – VAW FACTS

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 DAY 12: FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION/ CUTTING

From the UNICEF Report: Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A statistical overview and exploration of the dynamics of change:

“The 1993 Vienna World Conference on Human Rights was a landmark event in which two important developments occurred. First, ‘female genital mutilation’ [(FGM/C)] became classified as a form of violence against women (VAW); second, the issue of VAW was for the first time acknowledged to fall under the purview of international human rights law.

With FGM/C considered as a form of violence against women, the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) can be invoked.

The abandonment of FGM/C is framed not as a criticism of local culture but as a better way to attain the core positive values that underlie tradition and religion, including ‘doing no harm to others’. We have found that, addressed in this way, efforts to end FGM/C contribute to the larger issues of ending violence against children and women and confronting
gender inequalities.”

Read UNICEF’s full report here:
UNICEF: Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A statistical overview and exploration of the dynamics of change

 DAY 11: 15 WAYS MEN CAN BE EMPOWERED BYSTANDERS

From the Battered Women Support Services:
15 ways men can be empowered bystanders

 DAY 10 – ZONTA SAYS NO HALFWAY UPDATE

We are now halfway through the 16 Days of Activism, and we have already had great success with the campaign. The activity among clubs has been staggering, and Zonta Says NO is receiving internal and external attention worldwide. This infographic details our progress so far – be sure to visit zontasaysno.com and our social media pages to follow the conversation.Halfway

 Day 9 – FACTS ON CHILD BRIDES

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 DAY 8 – VAW FACTS

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Day 7 – UPDATE ON RWANDAN INTERNATIONAL SERVICE PROJECT with ZONTA INTERNATIONAL PARTNER UNICEF

Listen below to Lacey Stone, Manager of Civil Society Partnerships at the US Fund for UNICEF describe how Zonta International’s Service Project in Rwanda is tracking, and what is expected in the future for the country’s one-stop centers that have been assisting victims of violence.


Day 6 – GLOBAL SLAVERY INDEX

world slavery indexClick the image above to download the Global Slavery Index report in your language of choice.

 Day 5 – VAW FACTS

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 Day 4 - G20 COUNTRIES: THE WORST & BEST FOR WOMEN

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Day 3 - WHY DO YOU SAY NO?

Head to Facebook to discuss why you say NO to violence against women. Today, we’re using the hashtag #orangeurworld to share discussion with SayNO – UNiTE to End Violence Against Women. Click here to join in!Capture

 Day 2 – ZISVAW FACTS

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Day 1 - KICK OFF VIDEO

10 thoughts on “16 Days of Activism

  1. lovestravel1

    This is a powerful image and project that is easily replicated by our clubs. To date many clubs worldwide have done this project and it is on target with our mission. Kudos!

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  2. Sue McCarthy

    After 18 months of campaigning (when no-one wanted to talk about this emotive subject) our small W.I. in East Devon has just had a Resolution “calling on all governments and peoples of the world to ban FGM and Cutting worldwide”. This Resolution was passed unanimously at the Triennial Conference of The Association of Countrywomen Worldwide, in Chennai, India recently. With yours and other campaigns things are looking hopeful!

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  3. IMRANA SHAHIDULLAH

    I say NO to violence against women and girls because I feel there is still need to face and fight persecution by not only the men but the society. Although much is being to addressed to deal with and bring an end to this evil issue, there is still a lot of violence against women and the girl child all over the world. I feel that much has to be done still in this issue. Enough is Enough and we the women have to be given our rightful place as cited in all the religions and the banner bearers of the religions. Saying a firm and Emphatic NO is our way of showing not only our anger but our firm determination to resist the violence. This is a novel and clear representation of our feelings. I as a woman who cares very strongly about the end to violence against women and girls carry on my fight as I still retain flame of hope( however dim) that there WILL be an understanding between people which will foster cooperation and create an united front against this issue the of the gender and social differences. IMRANA SHAHIDULLAH, ZONTA CLUB IV, DHAKA.

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  4. Gisèle PINAUD ZONTA CLUB DE MOULINS France

    Oui il y a encore beaucoup à faire, mais en unissant nos efforts, nous sommes plus fort pour faire comprendre l’importance de cette démarche.
    Nous oeuvrons toutes pour celà par nos gestes de tous les jours.

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  5. Dr. Mary Ann Spanos, Zonta Club of Jamestown NY USA

    I feel this is the reason our club was founded in Buffalo NY in the early 1900’s: To bring attention to the disparity that exists for women in our own neighborhoods and around the globe. We have come a long way but unfortunately there is still much to do to ensure that women are treated with respect and dignity and afforded the opportunities that some of us have because of where and when we were born. My mother was the first of her family to get a college education and in one generation that became the expectation for her daughters. We can change the world for our sisters and we can start by just saying “No”.

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    1. Palarp Sinhaseni

      I was on a T.V.program (True Vision ) in Bangkok Thailand explaining our Zonta president endorsed UN comission (secretariated by UNWomen) in a program :unite to say no to VAW . Our clubs in area6 district 17 BKK1.BKK2,Bkk3,Bkk9 have all done remarkable ,exciting advocacy with orange color and ribbons.Bkk1 had 100 vans with vinyl saying no to VAW running around Bangkok. This is quite timely since we are witnessing conflict demonstration here this week.
      Palarp Sinhaseni
      Area 6 director,district 17

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  6. Fertinalegua Kjolner

    This is the best thing to ever happen in the Bahamas. Many women needs help but are afraid to come forward! With the support of the Zonta in New Providence it will make a difference. Building confidence in our mothers and children.

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