Zonta Says No is a Zonta International campaign to raise awareness of and increase actions to end violence against women and girls around the world. The campaign, which began in November 2012 continues to build on its success. The feature for 2015 is the service and advocacy actions of Zonta clubs and districts to prevent and end violence against women and girls in their local communities. Learn more about the international program at zontasaysno.com.

Equal rights and a life free of violence is NOT a women’s issue. It is a societal issue that has to be solved by women and men working together to achieve common goals. We Zontians are strong contributors to the needed change and are convinced that with CONVICTION, COMMITMENT & COURAGE we can do it.

From 2014 on the campaign began to move from awareness raising activities to more impact oriented advocacy actions. The next step in 2016 will be to achieve local and national government and community commitment. Therefore clubs are encouraged to engage in advocacy activities across district boarders to achieve awareness on national levels. Resources can be found at the Zonta Says No website here.  In New Zealand, clubs are also spreading the message. See some of the 2016 stories below. The 20152014 and 2013 stories can be seen here.

Zonta Club of Whangarei

Lit up the Canopy Bridge in Orange. Also, did a walk around the Whangarei loop walkway, everyone dressed in Orange. Resulted in a great public presence in Whangarei, the campaign was very visible to the public.

Zonta Club of Hatea Whangarei

Join with the Whangarei Club and walked the Whangarei Loop walkway.
Resulted in a great public presence in Whangarei, the campaign was very visible to the public and a
good example of clubs working in partnership.

Zonta Club of Mangawhai

Knit bombed large tree outside Art Gallery . Resulted in huge public attention & congratulations via local community Facebook.

Zonta Club of Hibiscus Coast

Had a static display at the Whangaparaoa Library for 2 weeks, club members met on the 26th November and walked through the Whangaparaoa shopping centre with the ZSN banner, giving out pamphlets. Joined the North Shore club and marched in the Browns Bay Christmas parade. Browns Bay Parade with North Shore club provided a good profile for the ZSN campaign with our club banner, orange balloons and pamphlets/information about where to ask for help.

Zonta Club of North Shore

Marched in the Browns Bay Xmas parade with orange car, orange balloons and information about where to get help if you are a victim of violence. Good profile for the ZSN campaign- information given out to a wide sector of the community.

Zonta Club of Auckland

Had a static display in the window of the Auckland Library with orange shoes representing the victims of violence. Hosted an expert panel of speakers from the Domestic Violence sector, facilitated by Pam Corkery which explored the reality for women and children today.
Panellists include: Louise Nicholas, crusader for victims of sexual assault, Richie Hardcore, White Ribbon ambassador and well-known campaigner against violent assault, Vic Tamati, champion of the It's Not OK drive, Associate Professor Janet Fanslow from the School of Population Health at Auckland University who has been engaged in violence prevention research since 1989, Barrister Louise Reed and solicitor Alissa Bell, experienced lawyers in the Family Court.

Zonta Club of East Auckland

Successful Club commitment to the Zonta Says No campaign in Howick Village on 26 November 2017. Zonta signs and ribbons were distributed to Howick businesses . We had an informative display in the Howick Library for the month of November and information was replenished during this period. On the 26th orange bunting, Zonta banner, wooden dolls and balloons formed a display at the rotunda in the centre of Howick. 2,000 ribbons were distributed to the public, and had a police presence, Howick Town Crier, and a Howick Local Board member attend. Our MacLean’s College Z Club girls were present and contributed positively.
A highly visible presence in the Howick township. Received positive feedback from Howick businesses. Excellent engagement with the community. Good joint project with the Z Club.

Zonta Club of West Auckland

Attended and assisted at community barbecues run by WAVES and Police highlighting it's not OK- gave out ribbons and pamphlets. The door we created with strong imagery advertising the positive and negatives was displayed at the Ranui Library.

Zonta Clubs of Whangarei, Hatea Whangarei and Mangawhai

The Zonta Clubs of Whangarei, Hatea Whangarei and Mangawhai joined forces to create a swathe of bright orange in Whangarei on a very gloomy, drizzling day. The advantage of the weather was that the colour stood out even more, and as more than 30 people walked from Town Basin carrying placards they received many toots and waves from passing motorists. Mangawhai's orange dolls gave a focal point at the restaurant where members had the opportunity for discussion and giving out information. A great impact and great opportunity for the three clubs to be together informally. The new bridge over the basin has been lit up orange for three days for the event.

A few more photos taken today of the Orange walk around the loop. Great morning with the Whangarei, Hatea and Mangawhai Zonta Clubs joining together

Zonta Club of Rotorua – 'IMAGINE’ A World Where No Woman Lives in Fear of Violence

Photo: Zonta Club of Rotorua bike riders at the start of '16km for 16 days challenge' - Karen Hunt, Chris Stevens, Barbara Stewart, Janette Irvine, Robyn Cowley, Jenny White, Pam McGrath.
Photo by Desirae Kirby.

Orange Dolls spreading the message in Rotorua

Members of the Zonta Club of Rotorua joined hundreds of others from community groups walking to celebrate White Ribbon Whanau Day at the village green. A doll was presented to Mayor Hon. Steve Chadwick (photo at left) and to Police Area Commander Inspector Bruce Horne (photo at right). Other dolls will be displayed at the library, mall and community centre.

The Orange Wave in Christchurch. The four Christchurch clubs had a great turnout for their combined Orange March around the city, carrying the orange doll silhouettes which have become a strong symbol of our campaign.

Zonta Club of Manawatu

Club members joined with the Women’s Art Initiative, one of their local projects, for a rally on White Ribbon Day, to record their opposition to violence towards women.

Zonta Club of Auckland West

The quandary:4,600 responses by police to domestic violence call-outs in West Auckland in the last 10 months! Horrifying figures! How can we take an active part and make a difference with our “Zonta Says No to Violence” campaign? A challenge for a small club.

So, instead of trying to undertake a project on our own, we joined with other community groups to work on a joint White Ribbon project. Thus, we started working with WAVES, Waitakere Anti-Violence Essential Services, in August. Two Zonta Club members attended regular White Ribbon meetings in Henderson, where Zonta soon became known to a number of other community agencies, all working in some way to protect women and families, with particular emphasis on stopping violence.

The group made the decision to have a multi-action approach to the White Ribbon campaign in order to spread the message as far and wide as possible. A flyer with ’10 ways to get involved with White Ribbon week’ was produced; BBQs in a number of different locations in West Auckland were held, each one organised by a different agency. The third approach was an exhibition called “Behind Closed Doors”, which was mounted at Ranui Library, and a very successful ‘Open Mic’ night was organised by a group of young people.

Zonta members were involved in much of the planning and decision making and we were made to feel that our contribution was valuable. Several of us, wearing our orange tee shirts, participated in the BBQs. The purpose was to engage with as many people as possible in conversations about stopping violence, while handing out free sausages and white ribbons.

A group of Zonta members worked collaboratively on an exhibit in the “Behind Closed Doors” exhibition, which was opened formally on Thursday 26th November. The opening was attended by Penny Hulse, Deputy Mayor of Auckland and a number of other prominent figures in West Auckland. Feedback on our entry was really positive.

On reflection, this project had a number of advantages for Zonta: It gave several members the opportunity to work together on a community project that was about advocacy for women. Members of the other organisations who were part of the working party all recognized the Zonta members as contributors and readily accepted our ideas and willingness to participate. It helped put Zonta on the West Auckland map and, while we gained personal satisfaction, we also felt we were able to ‘make a difference’. Participation cost us our time and a very small amount of money; the benefits are hard to quantify, but definitely worth the effort and should be continued next year.

Other agencies involved included: WAVES; CYF; Police; Community Waitakere; Family Works; Man Alive; Greater Glen Eden Community; Shakti; Everyday Theatre

Zonta Club of Auckland West “Behind Closed Doors” entry.

Zonta Club of Mana

Zonta Club of Mana held an awareness campaign in the Porirua CBD on Wednesday 25 Nov which is White Ribbon Day. We invited survivors and supporters to write their name and a comment on a White Ribbon which we then stuck to an orange framed board. The sausage sizzle was very popular and helped to attract the shy ones.  Kath Davenport cooking sausages - they helped break the ice.

Zonta Club’s of North Shore and Hibiscus Coast

The members of these two clubs joined together on a bus trip around the northern Auckland Bays, spreading the Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women message.

Zonta Club of East Auckland and Macleans Z Club

Members gave out 2000 orange ribbons in Howick on Saturday 28th November. Orange dolls wearing sashes were on display and the band rotunda was decorated. The Zonta and Z Club members were supported by the Counties Manukau Police, local MP Jamie Lee Ross and family, and Adele White from the Community Board of the Auckland City Council. Retailers displayed information cards on counters and in windows. It was a great day for Zonta and Z Club fellowship.

Zonta Club of Ashburton

About 30 Zonta members, one Hon Zontian, the local girl guides, and some "extras" marched through Ashburton, from the new home of Work and Income, past the old Winz building (the site of the shooting of two local women) on through the local farmers’ market, ending at the Ashburton District Court. On the way balloons, and bookmarks with the Zonta logo and safety information were handed out to interested supporters. At the end of the walk, participants revived with orange barely sugars.

Zonta Club of Marlborough

The Zonta Club of Marlborough has a "Zonta Says No" display in the Marlborough District Library & orange doll displaying the message in the window.  Article in the Marlborough Express news on the 23 November covering Taking the Pledge Against Violence with the club putting orange dolls in eight retail outlets in Blenheim.

Zonta Club of Marlborough Club set-up a display at the White Ribbon Event held in the Railway Station Carpark - site of a regular Saturday morning market. This location was to enable the South Island tour of the White Ribbon Riders to arrive and be part of the event. We were intrigued to discover there were a number of women on the ride. The Zonta Says No raffle continues till 10 December at various locations and proceeds are to go to the Marlborough Women’s Refuge.

Click here to view the news article in the Marlborough Express news on the 23 November covering Taking the Pledge Against Violence with the club putting orange dolls in eight retail outlets in Blenheim.

Zonta Club of Marlborough

Zonta Club of Marlborough Club set-up and display at the White Ribbon Event held in the Railway Station Carpark - site of a regular Saturday morning market. This location was to enable the South Island tour of the White Ribbon Riders to arrive and be part of the event. We were intrigued to discover there were a number of women on the ride. The Zonta Says No raffle continues till 10 December at various locations and proceeds are to go to the Marlborough Women’s Refuge.

Zonta Club of Oamaru

The Oamaru Zonta Club in conjunction with Safer Waitaki held a White Ribbon Breakfast at the Brydone Hotel on Friday 20th November with 65 people in attendance.

The guest speaker was Jude Simpson who herself is a survivor of family violence. Jude's abuse began when she was a child and continued long into her adult life. Jude recounted her many harrowing experiences and the audience were very moved by her account.

Jude's story, however, also has a message of hope. Her potential was recognised and with the right intervention and education Jude has been able to turn her life around. Jude is now employed by the NZ Police and is a strong advocate for the message- " Family Violence is Not Okay".

The profits from the breakfast will be going to the Women's Refuge.
Jude Simpson (centre in white top) with Members of Oamaru Zonta Club at the White Ribbon Breakfast. Article by Adrienne Wylie.

Zonta Club of Waimakariri

Zonta Club of Waimakariri wrote to Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key concerning proposed changes to New Zealand's family violence laws. This was forwarded to the Minister of Justice, Hon Amy Adams for response.