2021 Toolkit for 16 Days of Activism against Violence Against Women.

16 Days of Activism: 25 November – 10 December 7


Rather than focusing on one specific theme for the campaign, this toolkit provides Zonta clubs and individual members with ideas for a wide variety of actions that can be taken at the individual, club and/or district level.

Clubs will not be expected to take action every day but can tailor actions to meet the needs of their local communities and capabilities of the club. Actions can be taken at any time during the 16 Days of Activism.

1: Envisioning

• Envision a World Without Violence social media video challenge.
• Post a message of intent for the 16 Days of Activism and beyond.

2: Knowledge

• Research gender-based violence issues in your local community, state or country and highlight these issues via club/individual social media channels.

3: Orange

  • Wear orange and share a picture or video on social media.
  • Orange your city.
  • Use a Zonta Says NO sticker on an instagram post.

4: Listening

  • Host a virtual forum/speaker on gender-based violence.
  • Listen to and elevate stories of survivors and advocates.

5: Remembrance

  • Remember those women and girls who have died as a result of gender-based violence through a red dress campaign, shoe display or other method.

6: Allyship

  • Invite men and boys to join you in your actions.
  • Put together a photo campaign of men and boys in your community with Zonta SaysNO to Violence Against Women signs and share via social media.

7: Giving

  • Make a donation to the Zonta Foundation for Women International Service Fund to support efforts to end gender-based violence and child, early and forced marriage.

8: Advocacy

  • Ask a state or local official to make a Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women proclamation.
  • Call for your country’s ratification of the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention.
  • Take action to end child marriage at the state or national level.
  • Review your company’s sexual harassment policy and advocate for updates, ifneeded.

9: Discussion

  • Host a discussion about ending violence in a webinar or on social media.

10: Awareness

  • Raise awareness of gender-based violence via social media, chalk art, yard signs, billboards or another public display.

11: Tribute

  • Highlight survivor stories via social media.

12: Student Engagement

  • Partner with your local Z or Golden Z club, Girl Scouts, Girl Guides or other student groups.
  • Work with students to address cyberviolence against women and girls.

13: Outreach

  • Organize a letter writing/postcard campaign to elected/appointed officials on an issue of importance in your community, state or country.
  • Write a letter to the editor on a gender-based violence issue in your community.

14: Community

  • Host a book club with a focus on gender-based violence or women’s empowerment.
  • Interview your local police chief or elected official to talk about issues in your community and publish the interview on your website and share on social media.
  • Organize a Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women march or virtual march in your community.

15: Service

  • Help survivors of domestic violence.
  • Initiate the MASK-19 initiative to help women in your local community get the services they need.
  • Support local organizations responding to the increase in domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

16: Reflection

  • Reflect on what you learned during the 16 Days and share your reflections via social media or with family and friends.
  • Share your story with Zonta International; include photos, where appropriate.

 Download the complete toolkit (PDF form) from the Zonta.org website

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