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Zonta at the United Nations

The Zonta International United Nations (UN) Committee teams represent Zonta in New York at the UN Headquarters, Geneva (Human Rights, ILO, WHO), Vienna (UNODC), Bangkok (ESCAP) and at UNESCO in Paris. The teams ensure that Zonta’s priorities are presented and that the Zonta voice is clear in mission-related meetings at their respective sites. They meet and work with decision-makers from UN agencies and countries where Zonta has funded projects and/or where Zonta clubs reside. The current priority area of focus is the Sustainable Development Goals, which set the UN agenda through 2030, concentrating on Goal 5 and areas that relate to women’s empowerment. The teams also monitor and report on ongoing issues such as human trafficking, women’s employment, human rights, the gender pay gap, and much more. Team members work in coalition with other like-minded organizations, especially via NGO committees, on issues of mutual concern, such as early, child and forced marriage.

Meet the UN Committee

Pamela Morgan

Chairman, New York
Zonta Club of Essex County, USA

Amina Figarova

Member, New York
Zonta Club of New York, USA

Mary Lou Shippe

Member, New York
Zonta Club of Howard County, USA

Mary Ann Tarantula

Member, New York 
Zonta Club of Northern Valley, NJ, USA

Orayaporn "Gib" Karnchanachari

Member, Bangkok
Zonta e-Club of Thailand I, Thailand

Eileen von Goldacker

Member, Geneva
Zonta Club of Basel, Switzerland

Marinette Kellenberger

Member, Geneva
Zonta Club of Yverdon-Les-Baines, Switzerland

Mathy Sommer

Member, Geneva
Zonta Club of Fribourg, Switzerland

Ursula Bouchard

Member, Paris
Zonta Club of Beaune Cote D'Or, France

Lydia Chaillou

Member, Paris
Zonta Club of Meaux Et Region, France

Elke Farny

Member, Paris
Zonta Club of Paris-Etoile, France

Ingeborg Geyer

Member, Vienna
Zonta Club of Vienna, Austria

Claudia Exenberger

Member, Vienna
Zonta Club of Vienna, Austria

Nadja Kvasnicka-Fleischer

Member, Vienna
Zonta Club of Vienna City, Austria

Gertraud Ribitsch

Member, Vienna
Zonta Club of Graz, Austria

UN Committee Reports

CEDAW member Marion Bethel presents overview for Zonta International UN, advocacy committee members

Posted on 6/23/2021
Watch Marion Bethel present an overview of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).



Report of the 14th Crime Congress, Kyoto, Japan

Posted on 3/12/2021
The 14th Crime Congress, originally planned for April 2020, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and held from 7-12 March 2021 in Kyoto, Japan, in a shortened format.



Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region Geneva

Posted on 5/19/2020
There are only 10 years to go until the year 2030 and although the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has triggered progress in many areas, the speed and scale of implementation is not enough to achieve the required sustainability transformation



Working effectively within the UN – CoNGO Committees: Present and future

Posted on 12/11/2019
Barbara Devin, adviser on the Zonta International United Nations Committee, attended "Working effectively within the UN – CoNGO Committees: Present and future" on 11 December.



ILO celebrates 100 years of maternity protection

Posted on 11/8/2019
Exactly 100 years ago, the first steps were taken to ensure the protection of pregnant women at work.



Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities and Communities UN Civil Society Conference

Posted on 9/3/2019
Pamela Morgan of the Zonta International United Nations Committee recently attended the Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities and Communities UN Civil Society Conference from 26-27 August in Salt Lake City, Utah.



HLPF Side Event: KOTA Alliance Panel discussion

Posted on 7/9/2019
Zonta International was invited to be part of the Kota Alliance's HLPF side event on migrant women and sustainable development at the HLPF in July.



Innovating Empowerment for Girls and Women through Education

Posted on 7/5/2019
The G7 and UNESCO hosted the Paris International Conference on 5 July 2019 Innovating to empower girls and women through education.



108th Session of the International Labour Conference

Posted on 6/10/2019
To mark the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Labour Conference (ILC) took place in Geneva in the Palais des Nations during two weeks under the title “Building a future with decent work”.



Forced and Early Marriage: A Severe Human Rights Violation

Posted on 6/2/2019
Early on in Zonta’s Centennial Anniversary Biennium, the idea was born to organize seminars on an issue of great importance to Zonta: child marriage, a crime largely affecting girls.



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