In the News: Zonta Club of Greater Dhaka launches 16-day activism campaign on child marriage, gender-based violence

The Zonta Club of Greater Dhaka has chalked out plans to celebrate 16 Days of Activism campaign from November 25 to December 10 with a goal to globally develop advocacy actions with a focus on preventing child marriage and gender-based violence against women.

During the 16 Days of Activism, the intention is to take local, national and international actions to influence the making and implementation of laws, as well as changing gender-based attitudes and behaviors to end violence against women, the club said in a press release.

Tehmina Enayet, President Elect, an entrepreneur and connoisseur of art, is a strong proponent of women’s empowerment and wholeheartedly believes in the cause of Zonta, ‘Stop Child Marriage’ and ‘Say No to Violence Against Women and Girl Child.’

Zonta Club of Greater Dhaka’s President Dr Simeen M Akhtar, and the Advocacy Chairperson Tootli Rahman and the club members have organised seven events to commemorate this occasion. These programs are focused to increase the awareness in society and for the community to take a stand ensuring all health precautions.

Dr. Simeen M Akhtar, President of Zonta Club of Greater Dhaka, believes that all Zontians working towards the Goal and Mission of Zonta International has been continuing to make a difference through its commitment of service through advocacy.

The 16 Days of Activism started off by a student rally on Sunday.

On Monday, the club will issue a press release regarding the campaign.

A radio program will be broadcast on Tuesday.

A rally has been arranged in Kurigram, with the club’s partner Ashar Alo Patshala, the students who have been stopped from child marriage will be participating in the rally.

On Friday, Zonta Club’s Flag Ship partner Sporsho’s Visually challenged students will be having a reading session, advocating for girls through the Braille Book sponsored by Zonta Club of Greater Dhaka, “Good Touch –Bad Touch.”

A rally in Baridhara with Rickshaw Pullers wearing Orange T- Shirts will be held on December 7.

Lastly, LIVE Painting Session by two eminent artists of Greater Dhaka in Gulshan Park will be held on December 9.

Tehmina Enayet said that pursuing the cause of women and girls through Zonta will give more credibility and force and help achieve the 100-year goal of Zonta through education and advocacy.

Despite the COVID pandemic affecting the people globally, Zontians all over the world continue their work and make special efforts during the 16 Days of Activism to be more focused to end discrimination against women, to stop violence against women and stop child marriage, the release added.

In the News: Anti-violence campaign gets a boost with Zonta Club of Warren, PA, USA

The Zonta Club of Warren and the Warren County Commissioners have teamed up to send a message: “No to Violence Against Women.”

“Our local Zonta has been following 16 Days of Activism the last several years,” Phyllis Wright wrote in a letter to the commissioners, “and in 2021 wants to expand our participation and show the world that Warren County Pennsylvania says NO to Violence Against Women.”

The commissioners presented and approved a proclamation declaring Nov. 25 through Dec. 20 as “Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women, Warren, Pennsylvania.”

That proclamation cites various statistics regarding physical and sexual violence as well as trafficking and encourages “all residents to prevent gender-based violence by educating the community on its harm, to advocate for survivors of gender-based violence and to act in service on their behalf.”

Zonta International is a “leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy,” according to the organization’s website.

Wright’s letter to the commissioners details that the 16 Days of Activism corresponds with Nov. 25 — the International Day for The Elimination of Violence Against Women — and Dec. 10, Human Rights Day.

The 16 Days of Activism continues to be coordinated each year by The Center for Women’s Global Leadership,” Wright wrote.

It’s local advocacy with international support.

“The UN supports this civil-society led campaign through the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence Against Women Campaign,” Wright explained. “The UNiTE Campaign utilizes the color orange to represent a brighter future, free from violence against women and girls, as a unifying theme running through all of its global activities.”

The local Warren Zonta Club currently has 31 members.

In the News: Zonta Club of Petoskey takes a stand against gender-based violence

From Nov. 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to Dec. 10, Human Rights Day, the Zonta International 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to spur action to end violence against women and girls around the world.

The Zonta Club of Petoskey Area will participate in this campaign with a red dress display at the Petoskey District Library. Organizers said that often Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirit people (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit – MMIWG2) go missing three times — in life, in the media, and in the data. The hanging red dresses honoring the MMIWG2 who never made it home, or who have been harmed by violence, are meant to strengthen awareness of this crisis in a visually striking way.

Infographics and brochures will also be available during the 16 days of Activism. Follow Zonta Club of Petoskey on Facebook for daily social media posts during the campaign.

The display will take place in the library lobby, located at 500 E. Mitchell St., starting Nov. 27 and will end Dec. 10.

Zonta Club of Petoskey thanked Meredith Kennedy of Miigwech, Inc. for leading a MMIWG2 presentation to the Zonta group; Stacey Ettawageshik Lead Survivor Outreach Specialist for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians for providing information and resources for the display; and the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan for loaning red dresses for the display from their Gold Mine stores.

Zonta Club of Petoskey was chartered in December of 1971 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The club has donated more than $350,000 to area organizations in their 50 years, and raises money each year to provide grants to organizations and initiatives that support and empower women and girls in the area. Zonta Club of Petoskey is one of 38 clubs in Michigan and one of 1,100 clubs worldwide with more than 28,000 members. Zonta International celebrates 102 years of service this year.

In the News: Zonta Club of London partners to Orange The World

WALLASEY Town Hall will be illuminated in orange from tonight, along with other iconic buildings and landmarks across Liverpool City Region, in a 16-day global campaign aimed at ending gender-based violence and abuse.

For the second consecutive year, Savera UK, a Merseyside-based leading charity that tackles culturally-specific abuse such as ‘honour’-based abuse (HBA), forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM), has joined forces with Zonta Club London (part of Zonta International) to support the United Nations’ ‘Orange The World’ campaign.

The two organisations are partnering to raise awareness of gender-based violence and abuse in the UK and around the world, through a series of events and initiatives that will take place during the United Nation’s 16 Days of Activism, which runs from International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls to Human Rights Day on December 10.

Landmarks being illuminated include Liverpool Town Hall, St George’s Hall, Cunard Building, World Museum Liverpool, Merseyside Police Headquarters, Rose Hill and its Canning Place offices, Greystone Footbridge in Knowsley, Mersey Gateway Bridge in Halton and Wallasey Town Hall.

Everton FC will support the campaign by illuminating Goodison Park in solidarity, while Sefton Council will be “lighting up digitally” on 25th November to mark the start of the 16 days of the campaign.

Individuals are also being invited to light an orange candle or light at home after sunset and place it in a window, as a mark of remembrance and symbol of hope.

Savera UK and Zonta London’s campaign also features an activism toolkit that will make it easier for people to participate in and engage with the 16 days of activism. The toolkit addresses themes such as allyship, advocacy and knowledge, and includes a bank of resources including social media assets and fact sheets, information about local and national organisations tackling gender-based violence, and events that people can attend to learn more.

The campaign will culminate in an online panel discussion Culture is Beautiful: No Excuse for Abuse on Thursday, December 9 from 4pm-6pm.

The discussion which will tackle the harmful ways that culture is wrongly conflated with human rights abuses against women and girls.

This year’s campaign ‘Orange the World’ campaign is described as more vital than ever, as violence against women remains devastatingly pervasive in our society.

In the 28 weeks following the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard on March 3 this year, 81 other women were killed in circumstances where the suspect is a man.

A recently-released government survey also found that 97% of 18–24 year-old women have been sexually harassed, while 80% of all women have been sexually harassed in public.

Savera UK’s chief executive and Founder, Afrah Qassim, said: “The statistics about gender-based violence are shocking yet, sadly, no longer surprising.

“Across their lifetime, one in three women – around 736 million – will be subjected to physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner or sexual violence from a non-partner. This figure has remained largely unchanged over the last 10 years.

“It has never been more important for people to take action against gender-based violence.

“Activism takes many forms and even the smallest steps, such as educating yourself about different forms of abuse or identifying yourself as an ally can have an enormous impact. Our Orange the World toolkit provides a starting point for people to enact change.”

For more about the Orange the World 2021 campaign and download the toolkit, visit:

In the News: Zonta Club of Prowers County spreads Zonta Says NO message

This year, as in year’s past, the Zonta Club of Prowers County, a part of Zonta International, is taking part in the 16 day-long Zonta Says No campaign, November 25th through December 16th.

Posters are being distributed to local businesses and a banner asking for support for the Campaign has been set up at the Lamar Welcome Center and Chamber of Commerce, as well as a series of informative chalk messages on the sidewalk blocks in front of the building.

Red sand has also been poured into the cracks along the sidewalks at that site as well as in front of the Lamar Community Building, the City Complex and the Prowers County Courthouse. This is part of the Red Sand Project in which Lamar High School students are participating to heighten community awareness about the causes of human trafficking and exploitation.

The Lamar City Council recently approved a proclamation recognizing the Zonta Says No Campaign and 16 Days of Activism to end Gender Violence from November 25th through December 10th.

Zonta Club of Ilocos Norte oranges up

The Zonta Club Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, kicked off the 16 Days Of Activism by urging those in their communities to promote the color of orange. The club wants everyone to wear orange, have orange in their hair, and orange your body. The club believes that by toting this bold and aggressive color boldly and aggressively, we can bring awareness to the issue and end violence against women now.

Zonta Clubs in Pori illuminates city hall in orange light

The Zonta Club of Pori I and Pori II, Finland, collaborated with the Soroptimist International Pori to light the Pori City Hall in orange lights from 25-29 November to raise awareness on violence against women.

For the fourth year, the Zonta Club of Pori I wrapped orange scarves around statues in Pori on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. These activities aim to get people to ask about the meaning of the color orange, which means hope, and boost awareness of gender-based violence.

Zonta Club of Hong Kong East supports Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign

Each year, the Zonta Club of Hong Kong East, Hong Kong, joins the Zonta Says NO Against Women campaign to change gender-based attitudes and behaviors to end gender-based violence and raise awareness from the general public on the subject.

This year, club members dressed in orange during their business meetings to show their support to the campaign, send their love and care to those in need and hope to make the world a better place for all.