I say NO to Violence Against Women!
I am greatly encouraged by the fact that even in such challenging times, Zonta has not backed down from our efforts to stand against gender-based violence.
Even though our traditional advocacy actions may not take place this year, we cannot waver from our mission, especially now. As the world faces the COVID-19 pandemic, instances of violence against women and girls are on the rise. Now, more than ever, it is essential that we work together, with our communities, partners and future generations, to end gender-based violence.
Through the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign, Zonta clubs and members around the world are uniting to raise their voices to bring awareness to this issue and advocate on behalf of gender-based violence survivors and victims. Our campaign, which started nine years ago, continues to grow and evolve every year. It is amazing how much of a difference each and every action has made for a community, a family, a woman. I look forward to seeing the innovations you take on in these challenging times.
Each of our International Service Projects addresses gender-based violence and offers opportunities to educate women and girls on their rights. Participating in Giving Tuesday on 1 December is one way to show your support of our four initiatives.
Zontians will not back down. Zontians say NO to Violence Against Women.
With warm regards,
Sharon Langenbeck, Ph.D.
Zonta International President 2020-22