Zonta Clubs select, fund and participate in community projects fundamental to promoting women’s economic self-sufficiency, political equality, access to education and health care and the elimination of violence against women.
Each year, Zontians dedicate thousands of volunteer hours and millions of dollars to effecting these changes, while the Zonta International programs funded by the Zonta International Foundation impact these issues on a global level.
Zonta International Service Projects
Helping women in developing countries has been a passion of Zontians since the organisation was founded in 1919. Today, Zonta’s International Service Program continues to help women in developing countries improve their legal, political, economic, educational and health status. Through funding from the Zonta International Foundation, the Program has provided training, education, health, sanitation, agricultural and micro-credit assistance to women, primarily through projects implemented by the agencies of the United Nations and other recognised non-governmental organisations.
Since 1923, Zonta has provided more than US$13 million to projects benefiting women in 36 countries.
During the 2016-2018 Biennium, two projects are being supported by the International Service Fund:
- Towards Elimination of Obstetric Fistula and Reduction of Maternal and Newborn Mortality in Liberia
- Let Us Learn Madagascar: An Integrated Program for Adolescent Girls
To learn more about the International Service Program and the projects being funded this biennium, click here.
Zonta International Strategies to End Violence Against Women (ZISVAW)
Globally, gender-based violence is the most pervasive and least recognised 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 recognised NGOs for projects that seek to change personal and/or political knowledge, attitudes and behaviour 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.
During the 2012-2014 Biennium, three projects are being supported by the ZISVAW Fund:
- Mass Communication with a Purpose: Global Partnership on Edutainment for Social Change
- Safe Cities for Women in Honduras
- Empowering Women in Rural Samoa to Combat Violence
Zonta Says NO
In line with the ZISVAW projects, Zontians around the world are working to end violence against women through the Zonta Says NO campaign. For more information go to www.zonta.org
The Zonta Club of Dunsborough usually donates one-sixth of all its fundraising to ZISVAW.
Never alone – Luke Batty Foundation – be inspired by the actions of Australian of the Year 2015, Rosie Batty
Not Now, Not Ever – Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland by the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland, chaired by the Honourable Quentin Bryce AD, CVO
Address to open the Zonta Area 5 Workshop by Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AM, Governor of Tasmania, Launceston, June 2015 http://www.govhouse.tas.gov.au/sites/default/files/speeches/zonta_area_5_workshop.pdf
Australian Bureau of Statistics has some disturbing data regarding victims of selected Family and Domestic Violence-related offences
Relationships Australia has some links to useful information and activities around Australia