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Zonta Talks

Zonta Talks turn members from readers and viewers to participants. The intention is to engage us all even more in topics relevant to Zonta’s future, which will empower us to further empower other women. Every Zontian can take part. Zonta Talks come in addition to our bi-yearly magazine, The Zontian, the monthly e-newsletters, our website, www.zonta.org, and our presence on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube).
Thank you to all of those who participate on the calls and continue to use these recordings and documents as resources.

Upcoming Talk

Did you know that Zonta International holds General Consultative Status with the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council and Participatory Status with the Council of Europe?

On our next Zonta Talk session, find out:

  • What this means
  • How it effects Zonta International’s global advocacy efforts
  • How our Zonta teams engage in these important forums to further our mission to empower women worldwide.            

Join the Zonta International Advocacy, UN and Council of Europe Committees for a closer look at our global advocacy. Register today for:

Zonta Advocacy at the UN and Council of Europe

21 September 2019

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Save the date for more upcoming Talks:

  • 25 October | Topic: Child Marriage
  • 16 November | Topic: Advocacy

Previous Talks

Hand in Hand: Empowerment of Women in Humanitarian Settings

Jordan is currently hosting 1.4 million Syrian refugees, nearly 10 percent of Jordan’s pre-crisis population, which has increased competition over resources, placed additional strain on social services and heightened community tensions in some areas with unintended consequences, including greater restrictions on women’s mobility.

Eid bi Eid is a multi-year initiative to support the government of Jordan to address issues of employment and gender inequality, exacerbated by the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis. The project began in 2015 to support the immediate needs of refugee women and vulnerable Jordanian women affected by the crisis. The second phase, which began in 2017, utilizes a resilience framework for achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment goals and promotes individual and community ability to absorb shock. This is done through the provision of livelihoods opportunities and protection support for refugee women living in camp and non-camp settings, as well as Jordanian women living in hosting communities.

View the presentation below to learn more about the Eid bi Eid (Hand in Hand) program from our partners at UN Women, and hear about the experiences of four Zontians who participated in a recent site visit to Jordan.

Original date: 24 August 2019 

     Megan Radavich, Assistant Executive Director, Programs and Advocacy, Zonta International

     Susanne von Bassewitz, President, Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation

     Marta Garbarino, Partnership and Advocacy Analyst, UN Women Jordan

     Christine Gerberding, Chairman, Zonta International Public Relations and Communications Committee
     Joy Orlich, Chairman, Zonta International Development Committee
     Chavali Osathanugrah, Member, Zonta International United Nations Committee, ESCAP

Read responses to attendee questions here.

Watch and listen here: Zonta Talk - Hand in Hand: Empowering Women in a Humanitarian Setting

Retaining Members: What Works?

Engaged members move Zonta International’s mission forward. This is why it is important to think critically about how Zonta can retain members, keep them involved in club activities and dedicated to Zonta’s mission.

Watch and listen below to hear members discuss important topics related to membership, such as balancing ideas from seasoned and new members, attracting young professionals and advertising Zonta in unique ways.

Original date: 1 December 2018

Monica de la Cerda, Chairman, Zonta International Women in Technology Committee

Lynn McKenzie, Past International President; Chairman, Zonta International Membership Commitee
Janice Green, Member, Zonta International Membership Committee
Maria Larsson, Member of the Zonta Club of Sundsvall

Susanne von Bassewitz, President of Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation

Watch and listen here: Zonta Talks: Retaining Members: What Works

Child Marriage

Worldwide, almost 650 million women alive today were married before their 18th birthday and an estimated 280 million more girls are at risk of becoming brides. If current trends continue, the number of girls and women married as children will reach nearly 1 billion by 2030.

To end this violation of human rights, Zonta International has committed US$2,000,000 to UNICEF USA to support the UNICEF/UNFPA Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage in 12 countries: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.

Watch and listen below to learn more about child marriage and Zonta's initiatives to eliminate this harmful practice.

Original date: 20 October 2018 

   Monica de la Cerda, Chairman, Zonta International Women in Technology Committee

   Rachel Steinberg, Senior Director Global Cause Partnerships, UNICEF USA

   Pamela Morgan, Member of the Zonta International United Nations Committee
   Susanne von Bassewitz, President of Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation

Watch and listen here: Zonta Talks: Child Marriage