Violence against women is not just a women’s issue. It is a worldwide pandemic that crosses every social and economic class, every religion, race and ethnicity.
Zonta International has contributed to help achieve a world free of violence against women and girls for nearly 100 years. Fittingly, we begin our sixth Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign today, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
The United Nations’ theme for the 2017 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is “Leave no one behind: end violence against women and girls.” With the Zonta Says NO to Violence against Women campaign, Zonta aims to affect local, national and international actions to influence the making and implementation of laws, as well as change gender-based attitudes and behaviors to end violence against women and girls.
The campaign, which will conclude on Human Rights Day on 10 December, features the service and advocacy actions of Zonta clubs and districts to prevent and end violence against women and girls in their local communities. These actions will be posted on the Zonta Says NO campaign webpage and official social media pages.
In addition to our global advocacy campaign to end violence against women, Zonta is partnering with UNFPA to end early marriages in Niger and with UN Women to stop trafficking and unsafe migration of women and girls in Nepal.
Today and for the next 16 days, Zontians worldwide will say NO to violence against women. Join us at zontasaysno.com.