Globally, gender-based violence is the most pervasive and least recognized 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 recognized NGOs for projects that seek to change personal and/or political knowledge, attitudes and behavior 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

Funding: US$802,124 to the UN Trust Fund, administered by UN Women
Project Description: pdf

  • Safe Cities for Women in Honduras

Funding: US$250,000 to UN Women (The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women)
Project Description: pdf

Project Update April 2014: pdf

Bi-monthly Update April 2014: pdf

  • Empowering Women in Rural Samoa to Combat Violence

Funding: US$109,876 to the UN Trust Fund, administered by UN Women
Project Description: pdf


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. Learn more.


The Zonta International Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals or requests for funding.