Local government presents Florida Zonta clubs with proclamation calling for end of violence against women

55975-shareyourstoryOn 5 December, Lee County Commissioners, Florida, declared their support for the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign with a proclamation calling for the end of violence against women.

The proclamation was presented to District 11 Lieutenant Governor Linda Robison and members of the Zonta Clubs of Bonita, Cape Coral, Fort Myers and  Sanibel/Captiva.

Prior to the event, Zontians staged a street demonstration in front of the Lee County Justice Complex to educate to the public about violence against women.

Zonta Club of Istanbul says no to violence against women at meeting during 16 Days of Activism


The Zonta Club of Istanbul, Turkey, in District 28, shared their thoughts and feelings with other women in a meeting during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

A club member who is a lawyer is always ready to inform survivors of gender-based violence about the laws and her rights.

At the meeting, the club made a donation to a shelter that houses violence victims and their children.

In the news: Zonta Club of Kathmandu brings awareness to gender-based violence with ‘Raise Your Voice’ program



Chandni Joshi, chairperson of Women’s Think Tank at the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare and (right) Meenakshi Gopinath, director of Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace, light candles to inaugurate the talk program ‘Raise Your Voice’ organized by Zonta Club of Kathmandu. Credit: The Kathmandu Post


Marking the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, the Zonta Club of Kathmandu, Nepal, District 25 held a talk programme in the Capital on Sunday. Titled ‘Raise Your Voice’ the program saw six prominent national and international speakers present on issues regarding violence against women and women empowerment.

Speakers included UN Women Country Representative Wenny Kusma; Chair of Women Think Tank at the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, Chandni Joshi; and the director of Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace, Meenakshi Gopinath, stressed the need for awareness and advocacy against violence against women and girls.

Click here to read the full story from The Kathmandu Post.

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Previous to the 16 Days of Activism, the Zonta Club of Kathmandu launched a Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women badge  in the presence of Bandana Rana, elected member of United Nations committee for The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and Strategic Director of Saathi, Miss Nepal 2016 Asmi Shrestha, social activist Chari Maya Tamang, and Sashi Adhikari, Assistant Dean, Faculty of Law, Tribhuvan University and member of Supreme Court Bar Association.

Day 16: Human Rights Day

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Everything we do at Zonta International is because we envision a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights. Through our international service and education programs, our clubs’ service projects and our advocacy actions at the national and local levels, Zontians are committed to equality, justice and human dignity.

Each year, Human Rights Day is observed on 10 December to commemorate the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. According to the UN, “This Human Rights Day kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which every human being is inherently entitled to—regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”

Click here to read more from President Sonja Hönig Schough.

Day 15: #MeToo


In the last two months, millions of women and some men have spoken out and shared their stories of sexual harassment and sexual assault on social media with the hashtag #MeToo. This week, Time Magazine named The Silence Breakers Time’s Person of the Year. While high profile stories of movie stars, musicians and powerful women and men have grabbed the attention of the media in recent weeks, it is the stories of ordinary people from all walks of life that have transformed #MeToo from a hashtag to a movement. Millions of voices are coming together to say that silence is no longer acceptable, victims must be heard and change needs to happen.

While we acknowledge the strength and courage of the millions of individuals who have spoken about their experiences with #MeToo, we must also not forget those women and men who have not spoken out for fear of not being believed, losing jobs or stalling careers or continued physical, verbal and emotional violence. We must be a voice for those who do not have a voice.

Whether or not you have personally been the victim of sexual harassment or sexual assault, now is the time to come together and take action. Click here to continue reading President Sonja Hönig Schough’s blog post and discover a few ways we can all, women and men alike, speak out and be a voice for others.

Zonta Club of Joliet Area involves community in Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign with 16-day scavenger hunt

The Zonta Club of Joliet Area, USA, in District 6, is inviting the community to participate in a scavenger hunt as part of its Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign.

The club placed 13 signs of orange women around Joliet and is asking people to pose in photos with the signs and post them on social media throughout the 16 Days of Activism. Next week, the club will pick a winner of a dinner and overnight stay at a local casino and hotel.

To promote the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign, club members had displays at a Take Back the Night event and a Health and Wellness Women and Girls Expo.

Zonta Club of Alessandria educates citizens on gender-based violence with street performances

The Zonta Club of Alessandria, Italy, in District 30, is advocating to end gender-based violence with a theater performance.

The club took the show, “E’l modo ancora m’offende” (“It’s still offensive to me”) to the two cities in the Alessandria province from 30 November to 2 December.

Judge Giuliano Turone wrote the show, performed by the theater company La diritta via. The club is hoping to use the performance to help citizens recognize violence, face it and eliminate it.


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Zonta Club of Mackay Inc spreads anti-violence message to its community with digital billboard displays

The Zonta Club of Mackay Inc., Australia, in District 22, is advocating to end violence against women through a display on five local digital billboards.

RP Digital supports local nonprofit organizations by providing free electronic billboard messages across the Mackay region. For no cost to the club, the company is displaying the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women message throughout the 16 Days of Activism, and will also display it once a month over the coming year.

More than 50,000 cars drive by the billboards daily, ensuring that many Mackay residents will see the message and be made aware of the issue of gender-based violence.


In the news: Zonta Club of Lebanon raises awareness of domestic violence with pinwheels on courthouse lawn


About 29 orange pinwheels are planted on the Boone County Courthouse lawn. Each represents a person who has died as a result of domestic violence in Indiana since 2014, explained Joanna Shoemaker with the Zonta Club of Lebanon, USA, District 6.

Shoemaker said this display is part of the larger 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence campaign that is being celebrated by Zonta clubs internationally. The 16-day period started Nov. 25 and will end on Dec. 10.

The campaign is aimed to get the average person to realize how many people domestic violence touches. By showing the deaths involved, people can see the most extreme outcome.

“It is jarring to see it, and you realize that this is happening right here in your community,” said Christine Sterle, the club’s vice president.

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