Violence against women is a worldwide pandemic. It crosses every social and economic class, every religion, race and ethnicity. At least one out of every three women worldwide has experienced violence during their lifetime.
We in Zonta International cannot accept this. We need to use our energy to eradicate violence against women both locally and internationally through our service and advocacy.
We encourage all Zonta clubs and districts to continue the work in their communities through the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign. New and ongoing efforts will be featured on the Zonta Says NO campaign webpage and official social media pages.
Kicking off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ending on 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism campaign aims to raise awareness of and increase actions to end violence against women and girls around the world.
The Istanbul Convention, the Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, provides the practical framework and the advocacy tools upon which actions can be based. The Convention was the centerpiece of the campaign in 2015 and will be continued in 2016. More information on the Istanbul Convention can be found here.
Globally, Zonta International strives to change the societal norms that perpetuate violence against women.
Thank you, in advance, for supporting the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women awareness campaign.