Globally, gender-based violence is the most pervasive and least recognized human rights violation.
Rooted in inequality, it affects women of every race, class, culture, ethnicity, age and country. Zonta International strives to promote and protect the human rights of all women and girls and reduce the incidence of violence through the Zonta International Strategies to End Violence Against Women (ZISVAW) Program by:
- Supporting prevention and advocacy strategies locally and internationally.
- Awarding grants to United Nations agencies or recognized NGOs for projects that seek to change personal and/or political knowledge, attitudes and behavior contributing to gender-based violence.
- Increasing awareness and actions related to preventing violence against women by encouraging Zonta club involvement in local and national advocacy initiatives and service projects.
Since the program’s inception in 1999, more than US$3.5 million has been provided to support 43 projects in 33 countries.
2014 – 2016 Biennium
Two projects are being supported by the ZISVAW Fund:
- Respecting the Rights and Responding to the Needs of Adolescent Girls in Niger ($1,000,000)
- Voices Against Violence: Non-Formal Education Curriculum for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts on Ending Violence against Women and Girls ($986,000)