President's Corner

Zonta International encourages unity on the International Day of Peace

21 September 2017

Zonta International encourages unity on the International Day of Peace

As an organization focused on achieving equal rights for all, Zonta International is committed to a peaceful world where all of humanity lives in safety with respect and dignity. Today, on the International Day of Peace, we emphasize that commitment and call on our clubs and individual members to do the same.

Observed each year on 21 September, the International Day of Peace is a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

This year’s theme is, “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” According to the United Nations, “the theme honors the spirit of TOGETHER, a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life.”

This year, the International Day of Peace is focusing on engaging and mobilizing people around the world to show support for refugees and migrants.

Zonta International supports diversity, non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants. This biennium, our project in Nepal is addressing—in part—unsafe migration of women and girls. Through our partnership with UN Women, we are strengthening individual competencies of women migrant works to become independent economic actors. Women at risk of trafficking and unsafe migration are equipped with livelihood training and economic opportunities that empower them and protect them from falling into the hands of traffickers.

“In times of insecurity, communities that look different become convenient scapegoats,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement. “We must resist cynical efforts to divide communities and portray neighbors as ‘the other.’ Discrimination diminishes us all. It prevents people—and societies—from achieving their full potential.” He added, “Together, let us stand up against bigotry and for human rights. Together, let us build bridges. Together, let us transform fear into hope.”

Zonta International believes that together, we can change the world. We stand together against discrimination and for human rights.




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

»Read her biography.