President's Corner

Zonta International stands up for human rights on Human Rights Day

10 December 2017

Zonta International stands up for human rights on Human Rights Day

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.”

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights—the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages—empowers us all. We must stand up not only for our own rights, but for the rights of others.

Today marks the end of our sixth annual Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign, in which our clubs around the world have stood up for women and girls and all human rights by taking actions to raise awareness of and advocate for the elimination of violence against women and girls worldwide.

I am so proud of our clubs and members who have worked to advance the rights of all women and girls globally over the last 16 days. Though the 2017 Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign has come to an end, we will continue to advocate for women’s rights and human rights.




Susanne von Bassewitz is the 2018-2020 President of Zonta International and the Zonta International Foundation.

»Read her biography.