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 and affects millions of women and girls in peacetime and conflict. It includes physical and sexual violence, and harmful practices such as rape, female genital cutting 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.
“Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women” is a Zonta International campaign to raise awareness of and increase actions to end violence against women and girls around the world.
The campaign, which began in November 2012, features the service and advocacy actions of Zonta clubs and districts to prevent and end violence against women and girls in their local communities.
From 2014 on the campaign began to move from awareness raising activities to more impact oriented advocacy actions. The next step in 2016 will be to achieve local and national government and community commitment. Therefore clubs are encouraged to engage in advocacy activities across district boarders to achieve awareness on national levels. The Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention) provides the practical framework and the advocacy tools upon which actions can be based. The Convention was the centerpiece of the campaign in 2015 and will be continued in 2016.
The campaign also highlights Zonta International’s ongoing efforts to end violence against women and girls through the Zonta International Strategies to End Violence against Women (ZISVAW) program and through Zonta’s partnerships with the United Nations and its agencies.
Throughout the 16 Days of Activism, 25 November-10 December, the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign encourages all Zonta clubs and districts to participate by sharing their new and ongoing actions to end violence against women and girls. These actions will be featured on the Zonta Says NO campaign webpage and official social media pages.
Please join us! And share your story!
Visit the Take Action page to find all existing campaign images and resources. 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.