President's Corner

Friendships make Zonta’s impact possible

30 July 2017

Friendships make Zonta’s impact possible

The world today faces many challenges. Gender inequality is one of the most pervasive and addressing it requires the commitment and collaboration of women and men around the globe.

While we all come from different backgrounds and cultures, one of the simplest forms of shared human solidarity is friendship—something we value very much at Zonta International – and the basis of our global and local efforts to fight for gender equality and the rights of women and girls. We are stronger when we work together.

The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the premise that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

The UN resolution also emphasizes involving young people, as future leaders, in the community. Zonta has long supported the future of young female leaders with our education programs, and has recently committed to welcoming the next generation of Zontians with our new Young Professional membership category.

This fall, thousands of Zontians will converge in different locations around the globe for district conferences. It is a place where new friendships will be formed and old friendships reaffirmed. And next year, we will all have the opportunity to join together as friends and activists at the Yokohama Convention.

Zonta places a strong emphasis on friendship and highly values the camaraderie that results from club activities, district conferences and our convention. Without these friendships, our clubs and the Zonta world as we know it would not exist. On this International Day of Friendship, we celebrate the friendships, fellowship and dedication to our mission that has made a difference for countless women and girls around the world.

Please watch the below video, which features Zontians sharing how their friendships with each other have positively impacted their lives, and share it with a friend.




Susanne von Bassewitz is the 2018-2020 President of Zonta International and the Zonta International Foundation.

»Read her biography.