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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.

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Previous Talks

Advocacy: Global to Local

In this Zonta Talk, Zonta clubs around the world present their successful local advocacy activities and lessons learned. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and present their own examples live in an interactive session.

Session 2

Original date: 16 November 2019

Moderator:
     Tuija Kirveskari-Tahtinen, Co-Chair, Zonta International Advocacy Committee

Presenter:
     Bobbee Cardillo, Member, Zonta International Advocacy Committee

Panelists:
     Ela Pandya, Member, Zonta International Advocacy Committee
     Claudia Giessler, Zonta Club of Basel
     Elaine Weinert, President, Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hersey
     Ulla Ronnmark, President, Zonta Club of Kungälv
     Heather Kimball, Zonta Club of Hilo


Watch and listen here (session begins around 10:30): Advocacy: Global to Local, Session 2


Session 1

Original date: 15 November 2019

Moderator:
     Janet Prowse, Member, Zonta International Advocacy Committee

Presenter:
     Mal Das, Member, Zonta International Advocacy Committee

Panelists:
     Marie Stewart, Zonta Club of Redcliffe Inc
     Susan Davies, Zonta Club of Brisbane Inc
     Helen Bowie, Zonta Club of Wellington

Watch and listen here (session begins around 5:30): Advocacy: Global to Local, Session 1



 

Perspectives on Child Marriage

Learn more about the crime of child marriage that takes away human rights from tens of thousands of girls each day.

In this Zonta Talk, you will hear:

  • An update on the Global Programme to End Child Marriage from Nankali Maksud
  • Firsthand perspectives from Zambia from Zonta International President Susanne von Bassewitz
  • Examples of how Zonta districts and clubs are addressing child marriage beyond funding from:
    • The Zonta USA Caucus
    • The Zonta Club of Beirut, Lebanon
    • The Zonta Club of Pampanga, Philippines
  • Q&A

Original date: 25 October 2019 

Moderator: 
     Fiona Ruff, Co-Chairman, Zonta International Advocacy Committee

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

Presenter: 
     Nankali Maksud, Senior Adviser, Prevention of Harmful Cultural Practices, UNICEF

Panelists:
     Bobbee Cardillo, Co-Chair, Zonta USA Caucus
     Najwa Ghanam, Second Vice President, Zonta Club of Beirut, Lebanon
     Gilda Padua, President, Zonta Club of Pampanga, Philippines

Download a PDF of the presentation.

Watch and listen here: Perspectives on Child Marriage

 




Zonta Advocacy at the UN and Council of Europe

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?

In this Zonta Talk session, find out:

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

View the presentation below to learn more about the Zonta International Advocacy, UN and Council of Europe Committees for a closer look at our global advocacy.

Original date: 21 September 2019 

Moderator: 
     Fiona Ruff, Co-Chairman, Zonta International Advocacy Committee

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

Panelists:

     Ingeborg Geyer, Chairman, Zonta International United Nations Committee
     Anita Schnetzer-Spranger, Chairman, Zonta International Council or Europe Committee 

Watch and listen here: Zonta Advocacy at UN and Council of Europe



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 

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

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

Presenter: 
     Marta Garbarino, Partnership and Advocacy Analyst, UN Women Jordan

Panelists:
     Christine Gerberding, Chairman, Zonta International Public Relations and Communications Committee
     Joy Orlich, Chairman, Zonta International Foundation Development Committee

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

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

Presenter:
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

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

Watch and listen here: Zonta Talk: 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 

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

Presenter: 
   Rachel Steinberg, Senior Director Global Cause Partnerships, UNICEF USA

Panelists:
   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





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