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Zonta International stands up for women’s rights and equality on Human Rights Day

10 December 2016

Zonta International stands up for women’s rights and equality on Human Rights Day

Zonta International envisions a world in which women's rights are recognized as human rights. Through our programs, projects and actions, we are dedicated to promoting justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Each year, Human Rights Day is observed on 10 December. This year on Human Rights Day, the United Nations calls on everyone to stand up for someone’s rights.

For the fifth year, we are concluding our Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign on this day. Throughout the 16 Days of Activism, our clubs have stood up for all human rights by taking actions to raise awareness of and advocate for the elimination of violence against women.

In addition to the service and advocacy work of our nearly 1,200 clubs worldwide, Zonta is committing more than US$5 million in the 2016-2018 Biennium to improve women’s lives by increasing their access to education, health care, legal services and economic opportunities while supporting efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls through our international projects, and to promote gender equality in education through our scholarships and awards.

We are very, very proud of all our clubs and members who have stood up for the rights of all women and girls globally over the last two weeks. Though the 2016 Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign has come to an end, our members will continue to advocate for women’s rights and human rights.

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SONJA HÖNIG SCHOUGH

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Sonja Hönig Schough is the 2016-2018 President of Zonta International and the Zonta International Foundation.

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