FAQs

FAQ

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.

If you have a question that is not addressed below, please email programs@zonta.org.

1. What is the “Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women” campaign?

The Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign is a great opportunity to unite Zontians around the world in one common goal to end gender-based violence. Under this common goal, Zonta clubs, areas and districts develop advocacy actions with a focus on preventing violence, protecting victims and prosecuting perpetrators.

The 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.

Since 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 2017, Zonta clubs addressed trafficking in human beings as one of the most widespread human rights violations utilizing another significant Council of Europe (CoE) Convention: The CoE Convention on Actions against Trafficking in Human Beings, a comprehensive, legally binding treaty.

In recent years, the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign has been focused on child marriage, one of the worst obstacles girls are facing globally and a severe human rights violation.

Rather than focusing on one specific theme, the 2020 campaign cycle encourages Zonta clubs and individual members to engage with their communities with new ideas for a wide variety of actions that can be taken at the individual, club and/or district level.

Clubs will not be expected to take action every day but can tailor actions to meet the needs of their local communities and capabilities of the club. Actions can be taken at any time during the 16 Days of Activism.

2. 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 practices upon which concrete actions can be based.

3. 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 Zonta’s global credibility as an organization advocating to end violence against women and girls will be increased.

4. 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.

There are also many partner organizations that elevate and enhance the Zonta Says NO campaign, including, the White Ribbon Campaign and Orange Your World. Please ensure that any partnership adheres to our Affiliation with other Organizations policy and guidelines.

5. 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

6. 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, e.g. combating child, early and forced marriage, 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.

View the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women toolkit here.

7. 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.

8. What are Zonta’s current international violence against women projects and how does the campaign link to these projects?

Zonta International is supporting four major projects during the 2020-2022 Biennium. Each project addresses gender-based violence within the communities and evaluates and acts upon the best way to educate and protect the women and girls against violence.

  1. Adolescent Girls’ Health and Protection in Peru: a project in cooperation with UNICEF USA.
    • Specific objectives include:
      • Improving the response of the health sector in the provision of quality, comprehensive and differentiated adolescent care, with an emphasis on mental health care and violence prevention for girls.
      • Improving the capacity of the protection and education sectors to promote health and prevent and address all types of violence in schools, especially gender-based violence, in a timely manner.
  2. Strengthening Response to GBV Survivors in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste, a project in cooperation with UNFPA.
    • Specific objectives include:
      • Women and girls who experience violence use quality essential services for long-term recovery from violence in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste.
  3. Let Us Learn Madagascar; Empowering Girls through Education: Phase III, a project in cooperation with UNICEF USA.
    • Specific strategies include:
      • Address the issue of violence in schools and the interlinkages between violence in communities and violence in schools through child protection activities.
      • Continue training support for teachers and school personnel on child rights.
      • Establish one children’s club per school and train club leaders to implement action plans for awareness sessions on child rights/child protection in schools and communities.
      • Support the adoption of a code of conduct against violence at the region level.
      • Strengthen the referral and intake services for children who
        are victims of violence, both in schools and in the community.
  4. Ending Child Marriage: A Program to Accelerate Global Action: Phase II, a project in cooperation with UNFPA and UNICEF via UNICEF USA.
    • Expected outcomes include:
      • Marginalized adolescent girls improve their knowledge, skills and attitudes on their rights, relationships, sexual and
        reproductive health, and financial literacy, including in humanitarian contexts.
      • Adolescent boys, families, traditional and religious leaders, community groups and other influencers demonstrate more
        gender-equitable attitudes and support for girls’ rights.
      • Education, health, child protection and gender-based violence systems increase capacity to deliver coordinated, quality programs and services that meet the needs of adolescent girls and their families, including in humanitarian contexts.

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.

As of 18 November 2020

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