WHAT IS ZONTA INTERNATIONAL?
active in more than 69 countries and has about 32 000 members.
This organization has a great variety of members mainly women, who
lead different lives but
share a common goal: to improve the legal, professional, political
and economic status of women throughout the world.
Zonta is an international service club, inter professional, apolitical
and non- denominational. It provides common ground for members,
who have responsible positions in business and the professions.
Its members use their abilities in the service of others through
programs which promote women's health, education and their economic,
social and cultural lives.
Zonta has three International Service Projects and a number of permanent
scholarships supported and financed by the 1250 Zonta clubs around
the world. These projects and scholarships benefit women and children,
particularly through organizing education and training. Each club
also has its own local program.
a Non Governmental Organization (NGO), and has an advisory position
in the Economic and Social Council of UN. It has observers at the
United Nations, UNESCO, UNICEF, ILO (International Labor Organization)
and the Council of Europe. Zonta International has representatives
in the United Nations in Geneva, New York, Paris and Vienna.
Zonta International supports ratification of the UN Convention on
Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
the Optional Protocol to the Convention.
Zonta International is committed to the principle that women's rights
of Zonta not only provides an opportunity to improve the status
of women; it provides fun and friendship with like-minded women.
Click below to see how Zonta International is organized:
Zonta International Organization and Communication Chart
The United Nations
The Zonta Vision
Biannual Theme and Goals
A short history of Zonta
Zonta International was founded on November 8, 1919 in Buffalo (State
of New York)
by Mary E Jenkins, editor of Herald of Syracuse. It brought together
during the First World War, occupied important positions. Through
work they became more aware of their moral, and social roles. They
by the example of the men's clubs (Rotary and Kiwanis), which had
just been created, and they directed their action towards the promotion
Worldwide Zonta International has been divided into 30 districts
each of which include
one or more countries. Zonta is directed by an International board
which is led by the ZI President and composed of various international
committees. The club delegates elect this ZI Board and the ZI President
for a two-year period at the biennial International Convention.
governor of each of the 30 districts establishes a link between
the clubs, the
district, and the international Board.
The seat of Zonta International is located in Chicago. The total
administration of Headquarters in Chicago comprises an Executive
Director and a staff of approximately
Board 2004-2006 is composed of the following members:
Zonta International President - Mary Ellen Bittner, USA
Zonta International President-Elect - Olivia Ferry, Philippines
Zonta International Vice-President - Beryl Sten, Sweden
Zonta International Treasurer/Secretary - Darlene Kurtz, USA
Zonta International Director 2003-2005 - Vivian Cody, USA
Zonta International Director 2003-2005 - Mari Ramsten Vangdal,
Zonta International Director 2004-2006 - Annette Binder, Germany
Zonta International Director 2004-2006 - Elba Pereyra de Gomensoro,
Zonta International Director 2004-2006 - Maria Imelda (Dandy)
Santos Gomez, Philippines
Zonta International Director 2004-2006 - Lynn McKenzie, New Zealand
Zonta International Director 2005-2007 - A. O. Omotayo Morgan,
Zonta International Director 2005-2007 - Maria José Landeira
Zonta International Director 2005-2007 - Simone Ovart Bruno, Italy
The United Nations
The United Nations
Committee consists of, but is not limited to, representatives appointed
to the various United Nations sites. It disseminates and receives
pertinent information and promotes relations between the United
Nations, its agencies, and Zonta International. The
United Nations Committee Chairman is Jackie Shapiro.
Zonta has eleven UN representatives and one consultant during the
current biennium. Eight are in Europe and four in the United States.
Additionally, Zonta has sent representatives to Economic Commissions
in various regions. Zonta has often supplied panelists for "expert
group" meetings of the UN such as a recent gathering on "Promoting
Women's Enjoyment of their Economic and Social Rights" held
in Turku, Finland.
UN Committee reports through the Zonta International UN Chair to
the Zonta International Board and makes recommendations for actions
- United Nations Subcommittee
Nordmeyer - Coordinator for the UN - Subcommittee-Europe
will focus on:
progress for women in Europe.
Zontians' expertise through cooperation with decision-makers
relevant women's issues,
information with Zontians
Karin will represent Zonta in the Council of Europe
Zonta International wants to promote a world in which human rights
and fundamental freedoms are ensured for all women and the legal,
political, economic, educational, health, and professional rights
of women are not restricted because of gender.
the forthcoming biennium, Zonta will emphasize three specific
will work to:
- ensure that
all women receive basic education and health care and that women
have access to higher education on equal terms with men
all forms of discrimination and violence against women through
prevention and through development of innovative approaches to
trafficking in women in accordance with our support of the UN
Protocol supplementing the Convention against Transnational Organized
- Focus on
our important mission in order to really achieve progress for
- Select only
service projects and advocacy efforts that aim at advancing the
status of women
our identity as an international organization by addressing global
- Gain public
recognition and trust through knowledge-based responsible actions
- Become an
organization whose opinions are sought and valued.
Combine Service and Advocacy
- Combine service
and advocacy efforts to enhance the effects of our work.
relevant women's issues and address those through actions that
support each other.
- Act at the
proper level - club, district, international - cooperate when
needed to maximize results.
- Work with
like-minded organizations when appropriate.
Recruit, Retain, Rejuvenate
- Recruit qualified
dedicated members with diverse qualifications from many fields
- Retain members
through meaningful service and advocacy, inspiring meetings, fellowship
clubs by showing flexibility, open minds; and opportunities for
mentoring,leadership training and networking
- Build a strong,
committed and active membership for the future of our organization.
International Service Program Projects.
NIGER - CARE International: Mata Masu Dubara " Women on the
MicroCredit* and health education for HIV/AIDS-Affected women
2004-2006 Funding: US$297,393
of very small loans to those outside the normal banking system,
to very poor people for self-employment projects that generate
income, allowing themselves to care for themselves and their families)
is a disease that affects the health, social and economic status
of women. Women now account for almost half of all cases of HIV/AIDS.
Research shows that limited access to information and low-income
levels dramatically inscrease the risk of HIV infection, particulary
CARE International is working to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS
while providing care and support for those affected, and to find
lasting solutions to wider social and economic problems that exacerbate
the AIDS crises.
Mata Masu Dubara Project will:
positive attitude and behavior change and reduce the stigmatization
of women by proving HIV/AIDS education and training materials
to the 25 participating villages with an estimated population
of 79,000 people.
train and follow-up on 120 Mata Masu Dubara savings and loans
groups for 3,600 women affected by HIV/AIDS
a network of Mata Masu Dubara groups that will strengthen the
collective voice of women in the region to advocate for improved
HIV/AIDS services and a better social status.
a cadre of at least 120 Village Agents, or female leaders who
will be responsible fo outreach and the formation of additional
savings and loan groups with an HIV/AIDS component.
the long-term sustainablity of local HIV/AIDS services by increasing
the capacity of local organizations to provide services.
BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA - Anti-trafficking Project -Phrase
11 - US$300,000 - ZONTA / STAR NETWORK
in women and girls for sexual exploitation is a lucrative global
industy and a serious issue that affects the economic, social
and security conditions for women, their families, and communities
in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH).
In the 2002-2004 Biennieum, the Zonta International Foundation
awarded US$320,000 to the STAR Network of World Learning to conduct
project activities for its Bosnia and Herzegovina Anti-Trafficking
Community Mobilization project (BATCOM).
The BATCOM Project is designed to strenghthen the capacity of
BH women to lead community mobization compaigns to prevent trafficking
in women and girls for sexual exploitation, and to gnerate maximum
levels of local involvement from health officials, police, teachers,
cultural workers, religious leaders, and youth groups.
The project address both policy advocacy - for the education of
public officials in designing enforceable laws and policies and
stop trafficking, respond compassionately to victims, and punish
offenders - and local prevention through vigorous community education
directed at young people, families and schools.
AFGHANISTAN : Improving Women's Lives - US$50,160
In the 2004-2006
Biennium, the Afghan Institute of Learning will continue activities
at the Women's Learning Center in Mir Bacha Kot and the girls'
Home school, as well as begin a new Women's Learning Center, open
a new permanent health facility, train female teachers, train
additional birth attendants, and provide human rights education
to women and girls. AIL believes there are at least 27,000 women
and girls who will be direct beneficiaries of the AIL Women's
Learning Center programs in Mir Bacha Kot in 2004-2006
worked for over 30 years in collaboration with Unicef, Unifem,
(US$50,000) Funding to Unicef in the 2004-2006 Biennium will accelerate
Unicef activities toward eliminating Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus
in Afghanistan by 2005 through the continuation of the immunization
campaign and promotion of clean birthing activities.
goal in Afghanistan is to reduce the incidence of MNT to less
than one case per 1,000 live births in every district by the year
2005. The foundation's funding will support immunization efforts
for over 41,000 women, including three doses of the Tetanus Toxoid
vaccine and vaccine delivery, as well as education on safe birthing
practices, training, and national and district planning and coordination
of the initiative.
The clubs organize a great variety of activities to collect the
funds necessary for service actions which are organized on the
local, regional and international level.
These actions are also organized in partnership with companies
Operating expenses are exclusively financed by the member contributions.
Zonta International publishes quarterly:
This publication is in English, and sometimes with translations
in French, German,Spanish Italian and Japanese etc.
INTER ZONTA, in France