Online Summit

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Zonta International is hosting a one-day online summit to share how as a society we can come together and say NO to violence against women and girls. Join us to hear live guest speakers, participate in an interactive workshop and leave with life-changing actions you can take. Together, we can make the world safer for women and girls now and in future generations.

Violence Against Women Is a Men’s Issue
9 – 10:30 AM CST

Join Zonta International and renowned educator, author and social theorist, Jackson Katz, Ph.D., for an important conversation on why violence against women is a men’s issue. 

As a multi-disciplinary researcher, Jackson Katz has immersed himself in studies on the relationship between hyper masculinity and gender-based violence. He is one of the early architects of the now broadly popular “bystander” approach to the prevention of gender-based violence. Bystander training offers ways for everyone in a given peer culture to play a constructive role before, during or after incidents of harassment, abuse or violence. Katz is also a pioneer in media literacy, especially on the ways in which gender (especially masculinity) is represented in media portrayals. His extensive work with men in positions of community leadership, the U.S. military, university and professional athletes, and students of all ages provides valuable insight into how groups like Zonta International can engage men and boys as allies.  

Get ready for some provocative views and a lively chat stream as Dr. Katz shares top insights from his global work on gender and violence followed by a dialogue with Zonta International Executive Director Allison Summers and open Q&A with attendees. 

Who is Jackson Katz? 

Jackson Katz, Ph.D., has long been a major figure and thought leader in the growing global movement of men working to promote gender equality and prevent gender violence. He is co-founder of the multiracial, mixed-gender Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, one of the longest-running and most widely influential gender violence prevention programs in North America and beyond. Katz is the author of numerous articles and two books, including the classic bestseller The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help. He created the award-winning Tough Guise documentary series, as well as The Bystander Moment: Transforming Rape Culture at Its Roots. His TEDx talk, Violence Against Women Is a Men’s Issue, has more than 5 million views and has been translated into 27 languages. He has lectured and trained in all 50 states, eight Canadian provinces and every continent except Antarctica. 

Taking Your Zonta Says NO Action to the Next Level
2 – 3:30 PM CST

Since 2012, Zontians around the world have come together to raise awareness and take action to prevent violence against women and girls as part of the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign. Join Zonta International and clubs from across the Zonta world for an interactive workshop to learn from Zonta Says NO activities around the globe, discuss lessons learned and challenges overcome with your fellow Zontians, and leave ready to take your Zonta Says NO action to the next level.


  • Zonta Club of Accra Jubilee, Ghana
  • Zonta Club of Greater Rizal II, Philippines
  • Zonta Club of Hunter Newcastle, Australia
  • Zonta Club of Mainz, Germany
  • Zonta Club of Punta del Este-Maldonado, Uruguay
  • Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley, USA

Young Voices for Change
7 – 8:30 PM CST

Zonta International’s Young Women in Public Affairs awardees are changing the world and addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time, including gender and racial inequality, gender-based violence, trafficking, gun violence and more. Join Zonta International for an engaging and insightful conversation about the many forms of gender-based violence and how young people are working for change with a few of our Young Women in Public Affairs awardees from across the globe. Their stories and commitment to change will inspire you.

The panelists will include:

  • Eloise Amirtharajah, Australia
  • Dipisha Bhujel, Nepal
  • Carolyn Huang, Canada

*Not including fees.
All proceeds, less fees, go to the Zonta Foundation for Women International Service Fund to support global initiatives to address gender-based violence. Members who participate will have this donation count toward their Every Member Every November Zonta Foundation for Women giving total.