Violence against women and girls is a serious public health concern. Every day, women and girls face violence in the home, in their communities, in conflicts, and in aftermaths of natural disasters. It is estimated that up to 70 per cent of women experience some form of violence in their lifetime. No human development goal can be achieved as long as women and girls continue to suffer from violence or live in fear of it. Recognizing that gender inequalities and gender-based violence keep women and girls from accessing reproductive health services which can be life-saving, UNFPA has a assumed leadership role in addressing this major human rights issue.
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin
Executive Director UNFPA
UN Women commends Zonta International and its 30,000 members in 64 countries worldwide for their efforts to raise awareness of the issue of violence against women and girls in their local communities and around the world through the Zonta Says NO campaign. Zonta International has a long history of supporting programs and projects that seek to prevent and end gender-based violence in all its forms, and we are proud of our continuing collaboration.
Acting Head of UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships Bureau Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations
As an organization dedicated to bringing about a day when ZERO children are affected by violence, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF applauds Zonta International for its commitment to ending violence against women and girls. We are proud to have Zonta as a partner in our work to save and protect the lives of women and children in Rwanda, which is on the brink of achieving an HIV-free generation by 2015 and we look forward to many more years of continued partnership to ensure that all children have the opportunity to survive and thrive.
Caryl M. Stern
President & C.E.O. U.S. Fund for UNICEF