A list of questions and answers has been prepared to help you understand the purpose and goals of the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign and your role in helping to ensure the campaign is a success.
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- What is “Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women”?
The Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign was launched in 2012 to raise awareness of Zonta’s efforts to end violence against women and girls at the club, district and international levels. In 2014, the campaign began to move from raising awareness of the different forms of gender-based violence to more impact-oriented advocacy actions.
In 2015, the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign utilized the Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention) as a framework and raised awareness worldwide to this first legally binding instrument to fight violence against women (VAW) and domestic violence.
In 2016, the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign will continue with the Istanbul Convention as its centerpiece.
The convention is open to accession by any country in the world. Zonta clubs, areas and districts will develop advocacy actions with a focus on preventing violence, protecting victims and prosecuting perpetrators. The goal is to achieve local and national government and community commitment to fight VAW and domestic violence.
The Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women-campaign is a great opportunity to unite Zontians around the world in one common goal and to promote the ZISVAW (Zonta International Strategies to End Violence against Women) projects.
- How will the campaign assist Zonta in increasing advocacy actions to address the issue?
The campaign will encourage clubs and districts to research and identify issues related to gender-based violence at the local, regional and national levels and to address these issues through concrete, results-oriented advocacy plans and actions.
The Council of Europe Istanbul Convention is a tool for best advocacy practice upon which concrete actions can be based.
- How will the campaign assist Zonta in increasing its credibility and visibility?
Internally, the campaign will support increased advocacy actions to prevent and end violence against women and girls at the club, district and international levels. Through increased visibility via the Zonta International website, The Zontian magazine and Zonta International’s social media platforms, Zonta will likewise raise external awareness of its advocacy efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls worldwide, thereby increasing Zonta’s global credibility as an organization advocating to end violence against women and girls.
- How is “Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women” different from the UN UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign?
The “Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women” campaign is a Zonta International campaign. Like the UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign, Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women focuses on actions to raise awareness and prevent violence against women and girls; however, it is a separate campaign focused on Zonta’s advocacy activities at the club, district and international levels.
- What are the goals of the “Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women” campaign?
The goal of the campaign is to sensitize the public to violence against women as a human rights violation and to raise awareness of Zonta’s advocacy efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls, locally and globally through actions undertaken by Zonta clubs, areas and districts worldwide.
- How do clubs and districts get involved?
Clubs are encouraged to participate in service and advocacy activities that focus on ending violence against women and girls throughout the year, but particularly during the 16 Days of Activism (25 November International Day for the Elimination of VAW – 10 December Human Rights Day). Clubs can continue on with existing activities focused on ending violence against women and girls, or they can start a new advocacy or service initiative using the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention as a framework for their actions.
Advocacy tools have been developed to assist Zontians in their advocacy efforts specifically related to the Istanbul Convention. More general resources are also available and can be adapted for local advocacy. Clubs are encouraged to share their advocacy activities with the Zonta International community via zontasaysno.com.
Clubs with Z and/or Golden Z clubs are encouraged to invite the members of those clubs to participate in their sponsoring club activities or to initiate activities of their own.
- What are the costs of the campaign for my club or district?
Advocacy actions do not have to cost money; they take time and energy.
However, clubs and districts can purchase Zonta-branded campaign items from the online Zonta Store. Costs are kept to a minimum to enable as many clubs and members to participate and show their support for ending violence against women and girls with Zonta’s logo clearly visible.
- What are Zonta’s current international violence against women projects and how does the campaign link to these projects?
Zonta International is supporting two projects through the Zonta International Strategies to End Violence against Women (ZISVAW) Fund during the 2016-2018 Biennium.
- Delaying Early Marriage in Niger, a project in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
- Addressing Human Trafficking and Unsafe Migration in Nepal, a project in collaboration with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
Zonta is also funding projects addressing gender-based violence in Liberia and Madagascar through the Zonta International Foundation’s International Service Fund.
- Towards Elimination of Obstetric Fistula, a project in cooperation with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF
- Let Us Learn Madagascar, a project in cooperation with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF
The “Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women” campaign will raise awareness of Zonta International’s contributions to the prevention of violence against women and girls at the international level and will encourage additional support for these projects.
The campaign reflects on Zonta as a leading advocate for women’s rights.