Advocacy

Zonta International is committed to improving women’s human rights at international, national, and local level. We seek to influence the drafting and implementation of laws and general attitudes and behaviors. Zonta advocates for real equality, not just formal equality. We do this by giving women a voice through the following campaigns:

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Zonta Says NO

“Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women” is a global campaign that fights against violence against women. Since its inception in 2012, the campaign has raised awareness of international violations of women’s rights. Annually, Zonta clubs carry out campaigns against gender inequality and violence against women. From November 25 to December 10, essential buildings will be colored orange.

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Child Marriage

Since 2014, Zonta has supported projects that work to end child marriage. In 2018, we donated US$2 million to UNFPA-UNICEF’s Global Programme to End Child Marriage - the first private sector donor to the Global Programme. To support Phase II of their program, we donated an additional US$1,500,000. Thus, we continue to prevent child marriage, increase opportunities for young ladies, and support married girls.

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The Istanbul Convention

The Istanbul Convention recognizes violence against women as a human rights violation based on gender. The convention requires states to implement gender equality policies, making it an essential instrument for the “Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women” campaign. Zonta International can contribute to The Istanbul Convention by using its power, knowledge, and persuasion to ensure that states and governments become parties to this important treaty.

Advocacy

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