Zonta International (ZI) and our members work at the international, national, and local levels realize our vision of a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential, where women have access to all resources and are represented in decision-making positions on an equal basis with men, and where no woman lives in fear of violence.
Zonta International was created in 1919 to make a difference in Women’s Rights, Ethics in Business, and World Peace.
ZI is uniquely positioned within the United Nations to represent the special concerns of women and children throughout the world.
Zonta International Biennium Projects and Goals for 2020-2022
- Advocating for Gender Equality
- Ending Child Marriage
- Ending Gender-Based Violence
- Expanding Access to Education
Envisioning a Sustainable and Gender-Equal Future – Climate Change
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. Climate change threatens human rights, such as the right to life, food, water, health, education, livelihood, and safety. See highlights of the following key actions here.
The Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign begins on November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ends on December 10th, Human Rights Day. Zontians worldwide will say NO to violence against women and take a stand to end child marriage. Zonta International’s goals worldwide are for all women to live without fear of domestic violence; from being attacked by strangers and harassed by male colleagues at their workplace; women are protected against rape in situations of conflict; girls and are not forced into a union that is called child marriage; and displaced vulnerable women and girls can focus on building resilience. The global campaign is to get more people to not look away but to speak up and take action. For more information, see zontasayno.com.
Click here to listen to this short video to promote the 16 Days of Activism.
Zonta International Service Project History
Zonta International Foundation (Now Zonta Foundation for Women)
Since 1923, Zonta International has provided more than US$46.3 million to empower women and girls and expand their access to education, health care, economic opportunities and safe living conditions. Through donations to the Zonta Foundation for Women, Zonta improves women’s lives, their children’s lives and the communities in which they live and work.
In 2020, the Zonta International Foundation changed its name to the Zonta Foundation for Women. The new name better represents (1) Zonta is, and always has been, about empowering women. This new name puts our work on behalf of women and girls front and center, and (2) Operating under a name that includes the word “women” will help elevate visibility and provide immediate recognition of what the Foundation stands for.
For more information or to send donations to the Zonta Foundation for Women, see The Foundation website.
The Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey donated $3000 for the past three years to the Zonta Foundation for Women, supporting three Education Funds (Amelia Earhart Fellowship, Jane M. Klausman Women in Business and Young Women in Public Affairs), the International Service Fund, and the Rose Fund/Endowment Fund. See The Foundation for more information about these funds.