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 the “Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women” campaign?
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.
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.
Since the introduction of the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign, Zonta clubs, areas and districts have developed advocacy actions with a focus on preventing violence, protecting victims and prosecuting perpetrators.
Starting in 2018 and continuing this year, the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign will focus on child marriage, one of the worst obstacles girls are facing globally and a severe human rights violation. Zonta clubs around the world are called upon to create awareness of this harmful practice among their members and to the public. The goal is to achieve local and national government and community commitment to fight child, early and forced marriage.
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 Zonta’s support for the Global Programme to End Child Marriage.
- Does the CoE Istanbul Convention address early marriage?
The Istanbul Convention criminalizes the different forms of violations, including domestic violence, child, early and forced marriage, female genital mutilation, rape, psychological harm, etc. The Convention seeks to change the hearts and minds of individuals by calling on all members of society, particularly men and boys, to change their attitudes. The Convention claims the implementation of measures to fulfill their core issues: protection, prevention and prosecution. The strength of the Convention is the monitoring mechanism to evaluate how well the provisions of the Convention are put into practice by State parties to the Convention (States who have ratified the Convention). The Convention is open to accession by any country in the world and therefore a concrete advocacy tool for all Zonta clubs worldwide.
- 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.
- 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, specifically with the focus on child marriage this biennium. Thereby Zonta’s global credibility as an organization advocating to end violence against women and girls will be increased.
- 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, 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.
- 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 one major project through the Zonta International Strategies to End Violence against Women (ZISVAW) Fund during the 2018-2020 Biennium: Ending Child Marriage. By combining donations to the project with service and advocacy activities at district and club levels, Ending Child Marriage will have the potential to become a signature initiative for Zonta.
- Ending Child Marriage: A Programme to Accelerate Global Action, a project in cooperation with UNICEF USA and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
International Service Projects 2018-2020:
- Let Us Learn Madagascar: An Integrated Program for Adolescent Girls, a project in cooperation with UNICEF USA.
- Eid Bi Eid (Hand in Hand): A Program to Improve the Resilience and Empowerment of Syrian Refugees and Vulnerable Jordanian Women, a project in cooperation with UN Women.
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 20 October 2019