Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations and a global epidemic. It knows no national or cultural barriers and affects millions of women and girls in peacetime and conflict. It includes physical and sexual violence, and harmful practices such as rape, female genital cutting and human trafficking. Violence against women and girls threatens countries, inhibits economic progress, and prevents women from contributing to their community and creating better lives for themselves and their families.

Throughout the world, 35 percent of women have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. However, some national violence studies show that up to 70 percent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime from an intimate partner


On April 1, 1952, the Zonta Club of Kauai —a member of Zonta International, a leading global organization of more than 30,000 members worldwide dedicated to empowering women through service and advocacy—and will support the 16 Days of Advocacy to support the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign. Zonta International’s nearly 1,200 clubs in 67 countries are participating in this effort in their local communities to raise awareness of and increase actions to end violence against women and girls around the world through service and advocacy. Today, 1 in 6 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.

Lawmakers who do not actively support protecting women from violence are denying women an inherent human right. Enough is enough. Women cannot, and should not have to, fight for safety from violence. We need to unite communities in the global appeal to all governments to end violence against women once and for all.

Take action:  The Zonta Club of Kauai urges you to make positive changes in your community.

Some suggestions are:  Identify the issues that you find most important in your country/community. Then send a letter/petition to your Kauai legislator urging them to support all forms of violence against women.

Arrange a public meeting with a prominent speaker/panel and discuss solutions to violence against women in your community.

Invite men in your community to take a stand against gender inequality and ask them to join the HeForShe campaign (http://www.hershegroup.org/Programs).  

Educate yourself and others. Read the latest report from the World Health Organization: “Global and Regional Estimates of Violence Against Women.”  See where your country ranks and share what you learn.

Join the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign and participate in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign from 25 November-10 December. Donate to Zonta International’s Strategies to End Violence against Women (ZISVAW) program. Violence against women is a complex issue and is perpetrated in many ways. We cannot solve this issue alone, so please join us in saying NO.

[1] World Health Organization, Global and Regional Estimates of Violence against Women, 2012.

For more information on Zonta Club of Kauai and Zonta International:  

Email:  zontakauai@gmail.com (for membership & meeting information)



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