Zonta Club Marathon is Taking a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
16 Days of Activism November 25th – December 10th 2018
Thirty-five percent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. As part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence—an international campaign that aims to inspire action and end violence against women and girls around the world.
The 2018 Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign will match Zonta International’s efforts to help end child marriage which, this year alone, will affect more than 12 million girls worldwide, according to Girls Not Brides. At the local level, Zonta clubs across the world have organized activities and events as part of the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign, which focuses on the service and advocacy actions of Zonta clubs and districts to prevent and end violence against women and girls in their local communities.
“Early marriage is probably the most appalling act of violence against girls. It is closely associated with and often triggers other forms of violence,” says Zonta International President Susanne von Bassewitz. “Under the umbrella of Zonta Says NO, Zonta members and clubs around the world will not only provide funding, but engage in advocacy activities as well to end child marriage.”
Each year during the 16 Days of Activism campaign, which runs from 25 November – 10 December, Zonta International encourages its clubs to participate in advocacy efforts that focus on prevention, protection and prosecution.