Day 16: 16 Days of Activism – Human Rights Day 2021

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December, the day the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.

The United Nations’ theme of Human Rights Day this year is “EQUALITY – Reducing inequalities, advancing human rights”—which relates to Article 1 of the UDHR: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

“Our objective at Zonta International has always been for women to be treated equally,” said Zonta International President Sharon Langenbeck. “As long as inequality exists, human rights will be abused.”


For the last 16 days, Zonta members around the world have been advocating to end gender-based violence through the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign. Zontians in nearly 20 countries lit up monuments in orange, created public displays to build awareness, held webinars and workshops to educate their communities, and so much more.


Day 15: 16 Days of Activism – Potential to End Child Marriage

Although our 16 days are coming to their end, by no means have we ended our fight to End Child Marriage. The impact of its end would be exponential and allow for girls to be children, not brides.

Day 14: 16 Days of Activism – Child Marriage Myths

Some may think that child marriage doesn’t impact the US… but unfortunately it is everywhere. Let’s End Child Marriage.

Day 13: 16 Days of Activism – Child marriage and a cycle of poverty

Child marriage impacts every aspect of a young girls life and perpetuates the cycle of poverty. Let’s End Child Marriage.

Day 12: 16 Days of Activism – Child Marriage Increases Risk for Violence in Girls’ Lives

Child marriage also puts girls at risk for violence throughout the rest of their lives. This includes not only sexual and physical violence, but also psychological and emotional violence.

Day 11: 16 Days of Activism – Health Impact of Child Marriage

Another aspect of a girl’s life that is impacted from child marriage is her health. The devastating consequences are shocking, real, and upsetting.

Day 10: 16 Days of Activism – Child Marriage Impacts Education

Child marriage impacts many aspects of a young girls life, including education. However, education can be a large deterrent for child marriage.

Day 9: 16 Days of Activism – Ending Child Marriage

Let’s turn our focus for the remainder of the 16 days to ending child marriage, one of Zonta’s biggest initiatives. The statistics are shocking and it’s not just a problem in other countries… it is a problem right here in the United States.

Day 8: 16 Days of Activism – Gender-related Killing of Women and Girls

Day 7: 16 Days of Activism – Street Harassment

While warmer weather is more than welcome during the colder winter months, it brings us outside more, and increases the chances of unwelcome street harassment. As we have seen over the past week, gender violence and human rights violations come in many forms. Let’s STOP street harassment.