President's Corner

Zonta International emphasizes work to address unsafe migration on World Day of Social Justice

20 February 2018

Zonta International emphasizes work to address unsafe migration on World Day of Social Justice

Zonta International upholds the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people experience because of their gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.

Today, on 20 February, Zonta recognizes the World Day of Social Justice. The United Nations’ theme for 2018 is “Workers on the Move: the Quest for Social Justice.”

According to the UN, “most migration today is directly or indirectly to the search for decent work opportunities. Even if employment is not the primary driver, it usually features in the migration process at some point.”

The International Labour Organization estimates there are roughly 150 million migrant workers, and 44 percent of them are women.

Zonta International is currently partnering with UN Women to address unsafe labor migration and human trafficking among women in Nepal, which has long been a country of origin for labor migration and trafficking in persons, particularly women and children, for the purposes of sexual, labor and other forms of exploitation. 

Other ways Zonta works toward social justice are through our clubs’ participation in service and advocacy projects in communities around the globe and our Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign.

We believe that we cannot achieve our mission of gender equality and empowering women without social justice. Today, we reaffirm our commitment to strive for social justice in our world.




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

»Read her biography.