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Zonta International’s Vision
Zonta International envisions a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential.

In such a world, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men.

In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.

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16 Days of Activism

The theme of the 2018 Campaign is “End Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work.” This year’s theme builds on the momentum and achievements during the 2017 campaign, when over 700 organizations in 92 countries campaigned around the theme of “Together We Can End GBV in Education.” Our goal for 2018 is to continue to target the institutions in which gender-based violence is perpetuated and push for systemic change and accountability.

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 THE BRIDGE

SPECIAL EDITION: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

Official Zonta Mission: Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

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It's National Domestic Violence Awareness Month!


Don't stay silent. It's time to speak up all month long.


October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which first began in 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a Day of Unity to connect battered women's advocates across the country.


Domestic violence affects millions, both women and men, of every race, religion, culture and status. It's not just punches and black eyes -- it's yelling, humiliation, stalking, manipulation, coercion, threats and isolation. It's stealing a paycheck, keeping tabs online, non-stop texting, constant use the silent treatment, or calling someone stupid so often they believe it.

Since the Violence Against Women Act passed in 1994, we've come a long way. This landmark legislation, led by then Senator Joe Biden, combined new provisions that hold offenders accountable and provide programs and services for victims. Between 1993 and 2010, the overall rate of domestic violence dropped nearly two-thirds and state laws have reformed to address issues such as dating abuse in the workplace, stalking, employment discrimination and more.

Every October, we rededicate ourselves to breaking the cycle. Here are just a few ways you can get involved:

  1. Host a documentary film about domestic/dating abuse at your work, organization, school, club or group.

  2. Talk to friends and family about this issue and join the conversation on social media.  #DVFacts   #JoyfulHeart   #loveisrespect   #DVAM2018

  3. Take a selfie or group photo and share why and how you are standing up against domestic abuse. Post it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.  #NOMORE

  4. Collect cell phones for survivors or to raise dollars that support domestic abuse programming.

  5. Contact your local media and lawmakers by calling, emailing or sending them a letter asking them to be aware and work for change. 

  6. Support survivors by donating nonperishable foods, household products and personal care items to your area safe home.

  7. Download and share awareness and educational materials! Go to https://ncadv.org/statistics for great ideas. 

  8. It's On Us: Take the pledge to keep women and men safe from sexual assault and avoid being a bystander. This simple commitment says you will recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault and will intervene in situations where consent hasn't been given.

Nearly three out of four Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. Now is time to take a stand. Support survivors and speak out against domestic violence all month long.

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