16 Days of Activism: 25 November – 10 December: DAY 5

What is the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign?

The campaign was launched in 2012 to raise awareness of Zonta’s efforts to end violence against women and girls at the local, regional, and international levels. In 2014, the campaign began to move from raising awareness of the different forms of gender-based violence to more impact-oriented advocacy actions.
Since 2015, the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign utilized the Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention) as a framework and raised awareness worldwide to this first legally binding instrument to fight violence against women (VAW) and domestic violence.
In 2017, Zonta clubs addressed trafficking in human beings as one of the most widespread human rights violations utilizing another significant Council of Europe (CoE) Convention: The CoE Convention on Actions against Trafficking in Human Beings, a comprehensive, legally binding treaty.
In recent years, the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign has been focused on child marriage, one of the worst obstacles girls are facing globally and a severe human rights violation.
The Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign is a Zonta International campaign. Like the UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign, Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women focuses on actions to raise awareness and prevent violence against women and girls; however, it is a separate campaign focused on Zonta’s advocacy activities.
The goal of the campaign is to sensitize the public to violence against women as a human rights violation and to raise awareness of Zonta’s advocacy efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls locally and globally through actions undertaken by Zonta clubs.