what we are
Sonja Honig Schough
Zonta International Foundation 2016-2018
What is Zonta
Zonta International is a worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions working together to empower women through service and advocacy. Nearly 30,000 individuals are members of 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 67 countries. Zonta Clubs are members of Zonta international.
Founded in 1919 in Buffalo, New York, USA, Zonta takes its name from the Lakota Sioux – Indian word meaning “honest and trustworthy”.
Throughout Zonta International’s history, improving the status of women politically, legally, professionally and in all other facets of life has been the motivating force. Zonta International and Zonta Club programmers are making this happen, laying the groundwork for women to achieve not just their personal goals but to improve conditions for women worldwide
Mission & Vision
Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.
Zonta International envisions a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential.
In such a world, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men.
In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.
To improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health, and professional status of women at the global and local level through service and advocacy.
To work for the advancement of understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of members.
To promote justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
To be united internationally to foster high ethical standards, to implement service programs, and to provide mutual support and fellowship for members who serve their communities, their nations, and the world.
2016-2018 Biennium Goals
1. Zonta’s service programs reflect our mission.
2. Zonta International is a leading advocate of women’s rights.
3. Zonta International builds and sustains a vibrant global membership.
4. Zonta International maintains resources to support mission and vision fulfillment.
5. Zonta’s Centennial Anniversary celebrations have visibility around the world.
The Zonta Code
1. To Pledge myself to uphold and practice the ideals of Zonta.
2. To honor my work and consider it an opportunity for service.
3. To increase the measure of that service by consistent self-improvement.
4. To contribute by study and action to the improvement of the legal, political, economic and professional status of women.
5. To Work for the advancement of understanding, good will and peace, through a Word fellowship of executives in business and the professions united in the Zonta Ideal of service.
6. To keep ever before me the best of all creeds “Whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so unto them” .A worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions. Working together to advance the status of women The Objects of Zonta International shall be:
(a) To provide service at the global and local level;
(b) To improve the legal, political, economic, education, health, and professional status of women;
(c) To work for the advancement of understanding, goodwill, and peace through a World fellowship of executives in business and the professions;
(d) To promote justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms;
(e) To be united internationally to foster high ethical standards, to implement service programs, and to provide mutual support and fellowship for members who serve their communities, their nations, and the universe, Zonta International Biennium Theme Advancing the status of women worldwide.
Zonta International’s business was administered from New York Until 1928 when Chicago, Illinois was chosen as the site for Zonta’s permanent headquarters. From 1928 to 1987, as the Organization grew, Zonta moved several times to accommodate the changing needs of the organization and its membership. In 1987, Zonta International moved its headquarters to 557 west Randolph where it remained until 2009 when it moved to 1211 West 22nd Street in Oak Brook, Illinois.
Zonta & UN
Zonta International service has been closely linked with the United Nations since Zonta expressed support for the fledgling UN in 1946. As an international non-governmental organization (NGO), Zonta brings women’s concerns to the UN, suggests solutions, draws public attention to issues and encourages its members to participate at the local level.
Zonta maintains representatives of its United Nations Committee at UN sites in Geneva, New York, Paris and Vienna. Committee members attend UN conferences, and UN agency, committee and commission sessions.
Accredited NGOs, like Zonta, participate in these sessions by providing written statements and oral presentations on issues being considered. NGOs also may organize panels relating to the general debate.
Zonta International Service programs
1. Expanding and improving girl’s education in Madagascar.
2. Respecting the rights and responding to the needs of adolescent girls in Niger.
3. Prevention and response to gender-based violence in Rwanda.
4. Addressing Human Trafficking and Unsafe Migration in Nepal.
Zonta International Local Service programs in Dist. 25
II. Skill Development.
III. Maternal Health.
Advocacy programs in Dist. 25
I. Awareness on Women’s rights.
II. Violence Against Women.
1. Amelia Earhart Scholarship.
2. Young Women in public affairs award
3. Jane M. Klausman women in Business scholarship.
I. International Women’s Day & Rose Day.
III. ZISWAW (Zonta International Strategies for Violence Against Women.
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