Voices Against Violence

Globally, 1 in 3 women will experience violence in their lifetime; however, gender-based violence starts early. More than 50 percent of sexual assaults are committed against girls under 16 years of age; 64 million girls are child brides; and 140 million girls have undergone female genital mutilation.

Zonta International has committed US$986,000 to UN Women to prevent and reduce gender discrimination and violence against women and girls through non-formal education and youth engagement and leadership.

Working with young people to break gender stereotypes and prevent violence

UN Women and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) developed a unique international non-formal education program on ending violence against girls and women. As part of this program, a curriculum have been developed for ages 5 to 25. The curriculum provides age-appropriate knowledge on the issue of violence against women and girls and facilitates learning and awareness-raising among the participants as peer educators and advocates. It encourages young people to identify various forms of violence against women and girls, understand the root causes of such violence, and learn what their rights are and what services exist to support survivors.

Training of trainers

Zonta International is supporting four regional “training of trainers” workshops. These regional workshops train young leaders about violence against women and girls and human rights, and enable them to implement the curriculum with you at the grassroots level. Participants also have an opportunity to meet with local organizations working on violence against girls and young women. While learning about violence and how to use the curriculum, participants gain advocacy skills and understand how to influence decision makers and community members to respond to and prevent violence against women and girls. They also learn how to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the curriculum in their own communities.

Each workshop trains at least 100 youth leaders, who in turn train 3,000 leaders in their home countries to deliver the curriculum. It is estimated that 800,000 young people will be involved by June 2016.

Rolling out the curriculum

In 2014-2016, 12 countries will roll out the curriculum with Zonta International’s support. Those 12 countries are Philippines, Japan, Korea, India, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Nigeria, Malawi, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, USA and Brazil.




Trainers who attended the four Voices against Violence training workshops have produced their own national training plans. As a result, there are action plans in 35 countries.
At the fourth regional Voices Against Violence training in Lomé, Togo, in January, 47 participants were trained from nine French-speaking countries. Learn more in a new update.
At the third regional Voices Against Violence training in New York, USA, in October 2015, 45 participants were trained from 12 countries. Learn more in a new update.