Envision a World Where No Woman Lives in Fear of Violence
Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations and a global epidemic. It knows no national or cultural barriers; it takes place at home; in the workplace; and in open spaces. It affects millions of women and girls in peacetime and in conflict. Violence against women include psychological, physical, and sexual violence, and harmful practices such as rape, female genital cutting, child marriage, and human trafficking. Violence against women and girls threatens countries, inhibits economic progress, and prevents women from contributing to their community and creating better lives for themselves and their families.
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.
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.
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 Programs.