President's Corner

On World Humanitarian Day, Zonta International reaffirms that civilians are #NotATarget

19 August 2017

On World Humanitarian Day, Zonta International reaffirms that civilians are #NotATarget

World Humanitarian Day (WHD) pays tribute to those who risk their lives in humanitarian service and rallies support for the people affected by crises around the world.

Zonta International has contributed more than US$21 million to international partners like UNFPA, UNICEF USA and UN Women, allowing us to improve women’s health, provide better economic opportunities and prevent gender-based violence in 63 countries. Without these health and humanitarian aid workers, our global impact would not be as great as it is today.

This biennium, our projects in Nepal and Madagascar are addressing the inequalities women and girls face in part as a result of natural disaster and a years-long political crisis, respectively. We are proud of the work being done through these projects, and they would not be possible without our UN partners on the ground.

This year, the WHD campaign is #NotATarget. Conflict is taking a massive toll on people’s lives around the world. The workers who risk their lives caring for those affected by violence are increasingly being targeted. For WHD 2017, humanitarian partners are coming together to reaffirm that civilians caught in conflict are #NotATarget.

“This year, on World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations and our partners are calling on all global leaders to do everything in their power to protect people caught up in conflict,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement. “Let the world know: Civilians are Not A Target.”

Zonta International is joining in solidarity with the millions of people caught in armed conflict to make the statement that civilians are #NotATarget.

Join us and get involved with the UN’s online campaign at




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

»Read her biography.