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Zonta Says NOW InterContinental Think Tank Meeting

21 May 2023

The Zonta Says NOW Think Tank is a group of Zontians from different clubs who meet online to share ideas about gender-equal climate action, learn from each other, be inspired, and have fun! Join in on Sunday, 21 May to take action!

7:00-8:30 AM CDT
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Ending Harmful Practices: Preventing Violence and Ensuring Access to Justice–Good Practices

Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice 2023 #CCPCJ23

25 May 2023

Panelists will discuss obstacles and good practices concerning Child Marriage and FGM including how to increase knowledge and change attitudes, develop and support implementation of appropriate laws and policies, and support community-level transformations of social norms and practices concerning these topics.

The UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage promotes the rights of adolescent girls to avert marriage and pregnancy and enables them to achieve their aspirations through education and alternative pathways. In 2016, UNICEF, together with UNFPA, launched a global programme to tackle child marriage in 12 of the most high-prevalence or high-burden countries: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia. The Global Programme is generously supported by the Governments of Belgium, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom, the European Union and Zonta International.

Speakers include: 
Ute Scholz, 2022 – 2024 President of Zonta International and the Zonta Foundation for Women, has been a Zontian for more than 30 years. Ute graduated in law and has served in Zonta on all levels. After 22 years as legal adviser and chief executive in public administration, she now works freelance as a business coach and mediator. Ute’s goal for ZONTA is to be known in the world as a reliable and sustainable human rights organization that focuses on women and girls and whose members are engaged and proud to be a Zontian. As International President, Ute recently took part in a site visit of the Global Programme to end Child Marriage in India, in the state of Odisha, organized by UNICEF USA and UNFPA.

Umyma EL JELEDE holds a MBBS degree of the medical faculty of "Alfateh University in Tripoli". She has experience in project leadership and management of lectures, workshops and training courses for Arabic-speaking and African women and girls and as a social and health consultant (in Arabic, English, German). Since September 2007, she is leading the Women's Health Center FEM South in Vienna, developed the project "Health counseling for women with migration experience with a focus on female genital mutilation (FGM/C)" and is responsible for the FGM/C coordination office with regards to the content for the project activities FEM South and MEN. Umyma was born in Sudan and holds Austrian citizenship.

Elisabeth Francis has been a Graduate Women International (GWI) Representative at the United Nations in Vienna since 2015, serving also on the Graduate Women Austria board for six years. She holds a Master’s degree from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and is a qualified language teacher and coach. 
She has worked in international banking, import/export and for NGOs. Elisabeth has lived a large part of her life in different countries (LatAm, Asia, Central Europe and the UK) where she was also actively involved in women’s organisations.

Linda Witong served as a deputy district attorney in Marin County, California from 1979 to 2011. As a prosecutor, she also endorsed and upheld laws to protect women and children who were victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Trafficking, Elder Abuse, Child Abuse, Molestation, Fraud and Homicide. She was also a strong advocate for offender accountability and justice for the community as well as a advocate for victim’s rights legislation, victim’s services and counseling and rehabilitation for offenders who were responsive to such an option. In addition, Linda has served as a NGO delegate to the United Nations for Soroptimist International. In that capacity Linda has worked as a advocacy consultant regarding numerous issues which have arisen at the UN. Linda is also on the Board of the Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and is a member of the CSW 67 Advocacy Research Group for CSW at NY.

2:00-3:00 AM CDT
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Zonta Spirit for Governors

20 June 2023

Governors, join the Zonta Spirit Working Group to reflect on the Zonta Spirit, as introduced in April 2022, and share where you are seeing the Zonta Spirit in action. Gather ideas from a variety of members on what the Zonta Spirit means to them and examples of the Zonta Spirit in action in their local clubs. Leave with new inspiration to ignite passion and the flame of the Zonta spirit in your district. 

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North American Inter-District Meeting
"Racing to Build a Better World for Women and Girls"

30 June - 2 July 2023
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
 The North American Inter-District Meeting is your opportunity to immerse yourself in Zonta education.  This weekend offers a variety of workshops presented by Zontians for Zontians.  The program includes an address from the Zonta International Board members and fellowship with Zontians across North America.  Be prepared to be inspired, to make new friends and reconnect with old friends, and to bring back to your club ideas for increasing your club's impact in the community. 

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Zonta Spirit for Club Presidents

25 July 2023
Club presidents, join the Zonta Spirit Working Group to gain a deeper understanding of the Zonta Spirit and explore what the Zonta Spirt means to you. Gather ideas from a variety of members on what the Zonta Spirit means to them and examples of the Zonta Spirit in action in their local clubs. Leave with new inspiration to ignite passion and the flame of the Zonta spirit in your club. 

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World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

30 July 2023

Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims.

International Equal Pay Day

18 September 2023

Globally, women on average, are paid about 20% less than men. Established by the Equal Pay International Coalition in 2019, International Equal Pay Day is dedicated to raising awareness about unequal pay to women, pushing to close the gender pay gap and calling for actions to achieve pay equity globally.

International Day of the Girl

11 October 2023

Adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated and healthy life, not only during these critical formative years, but also as they mature into women. The International Day of the Girl focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

25 November 2023

The purpose of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is to raise awareness around the world that women are subjected to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence.

Human Rights Day

10 December 2023

Human Rights Day commemorates the day in 1948 when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.

Amelia Earhart Month

1-31 January 2024

Each January, Zonta International celebrates the spirit and impact of legendary pilot Amelia Earhart, one of our most famous former members.

Amelia Earhart Day

11 January 2024

On Amelia Earhart Day, we commemorate the records she broke on this day in 1935 and celebrate her contributions to the aerospace industry and her empowerment of women in science.

international day of education

24 January 2024

The International Day of Education celebrates education’s role in peace and development. Zonta International believes that education is essential, especially for women and girls.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

11 February 2024

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science was established in 2015 to help achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

World Day of Social Justice

20 February 2024

The World Day of Social Justice recognizes the need to promote social justice, which includes efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, gender inequality, human rights and more.


8 March 2024

Each year on 8 March, the global community celebrates International Women's Day, recognizing women for their achievements regardless of national, ethnic, linguistic, economic or political divisions. The Zonta International community also celebrates Zonta Rose Day on 8 March, a time to reflect and give tribute to the women who have empowered us.

66th Zonta International Convention - Brisbane, Australia 

27-30 June 2024 

Save the date to join your fellow Zontians in Brisbane, Australia, for the 66th Zonta International Convention.

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