What is Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women?
The Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign was launched in 2012 to raise awareness of Zonta’s efforts to end violence against women and girls at the club, district 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.
Zonta Club of Melbourne has developed advocacy programs to focus on preventing violence, protecting victims and prosecuting perpetrators.
This year, Zonta Club of Melbourne will have the opportunity to specifically address human trafficking in Florida as one of the most widespread human’s rights violations utilizing the East Coast Human Trafficking Task Force, Brevard County Sherriff’s Office, and Bikers Against Human Trafficking. The goal is to engage local government, the public-school system, Sherriff’s Department and community commitment to fight VAW and domestic violence and all forms of human trafficking.
The Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women-campaign is a great opportunity to unite Brevard and the surround counties in Florida around one common goal.