For almost 100 years, Zonta International has contributed to help achieve a world free of violence against women and girls through service and advocacy.
Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations and a global epidemic. It knows no national or cultural barriers; it takes place at home, in the workplace and in open spaces, and affects millions of women and girls in peacetime and conflict. It includes psychological, physical and sexual violence, and harmful practices such as rape, female genital cutting, child marriage and human trafficking. Violence against women and girls threatens countries, inhibits economic progress, and prevents women from contributing to their community and creating better lives for themselves and their families.
Our ongoing service efforts are demonstrated through numerous local projects and programs, through the Zonta International Strategies to End Violence against Women (ZISVAW) program and through Zonta’s partnerships with the United Nations and its agencies.
Our ongoing advocacy impact is built around the advocacy campaign “Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women.” Launched in 2012, the campaign has raised awareness of the global pandemic of women’s rights violations and has united Zonta clubs worldwide in conducting impactful advocacy actions to fight violence against women and gender inequality.
All Zonta clubs and districts are encouraged to take advocacy actions throughout the year:
To promote the human rights of women
To promote Sustainable Development Goal No. 5 “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”
To end violence against women and girls
During the 16 Days of Activism, 25 November-10 December, all Zonta clubs and districts are encouraged to take part in the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign and to take local, national and international actions to influence the making and implementation of laws, as well as changing gender-based attitudes and behaviors to end violence against women.
In 2017, the Zonta Says NO to Violence against Women campaign will give Zonta clubs the options:
- To combat violence against women and domestic violence with the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention (Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence) as the centerpiece
- To focus specifically on human trafficking, a grave national and transnational human right’s violation, with the CoE Anti-Trafficking Convention (Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings) as the centerpiece.
The two Council of Europe conventions provide the practical framework and the advocacy tools upon which actions can be based. Like the Istanbul Convention, the Anti-Trafficking Convention is open to accession by any country in the world and therefore a concrete tool for all Zonta clubs worldwide to specifically fight trafficking in human beings.
Please join us! And share your story!
Please use the tools provided on the Take Action page to develop and conduct Zonta advocacy actions to end violence against women and girls worldwide. And remember to share your actions and their impact through Share your Story. These actions will be featured on the Zonta Says NO campaign webpage and official social media pages.
If you need more details or if you have questions regarding the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign and how you and your club can get involved, visit the FAQs page or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of women and girls in our local communities and around the world!
To better understand Zonta International’s partnership with the United Nations and the Council of Europe, we have created introductory images that you can select and download.