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Zonta International encourages members to support youth engagement on International Youth Day

Posted on 8/12/2020
On International Youth Day, Zonta International celebrates young people and lifts up their voices, actions and initiatives.

International President shares message following explosion in Beirut

Posted on 8/10/2020
Our thoughts are with our members in Beirut in the aftermath of last Tuesday’s devastating explosion.

2021 YWPA Award materials now available

Posted on 7/27/2020
Applications and materials for Zonta International's Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award are now available.

Changing the world: Women in Technology

Posted on 7/21/2020
Two recipients of the Women in Technology Scholarships, Lucy Pei and Giorgia Di Tommaso, recently shared what this scholarship means to them while also giving different perspectives of the world of technology.

President's Message

Posted on 7/20/2020
It is truly an honor to be your President for the first biennium of Zonta’s second century and to be the first Amelia Earhart Fellow to serve as Zonta’s President.

2021 Amelia Earhart Fellowship materials now available

Posted on 7/17/2020
Globally, women make up around 25 percent of the workforce in the aerospace industry. Zonta International's Amelia Earhart Fellowship, established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart, is awarded annually to up to 35 women.

Honoring our members

Posted on 7/6/2020
2020 Zonta International Memorial Service

Meet the young women who are changing the world

Posted on 7/2/2020
Zonta International is proud to announce the 2019 Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award district/region and international recipients, who represent 20 countries.

Zonta International responds to discrimination

Posted on 6/29/2020
As an advocate for women’s rights that are, in fact, human rights, Zonta is committed to treating everyone with equal respect and can not tolerate discrimination.

Student clubs receive Emma L Conlon Award for their outstanding service projects

Posted on 6/26/2020
Students in Z clubs and Golden Z clubs are working to better the world for women and girls with with their school, community and international service projects.

From Susanne's Desk: Message of support

Posted on 6/3/2020
Throughout its 100-year history, Zonta has been firmly committed to human rights and the equality of all people. That guiding principle was expressed in a recent message of support from our president to Zonta International leaders.

Congratulations to Zonta clubs with milestone June anniversaries

Posted on 6/1/2020
Congratulations to the clubs celebrating special anniversaries this month!

Zonta International is pleased to introduce 2020 Amelia Earhart Fellows

Posted on 5/21/2020
We are proud to announce the Amelia Earhart Fellows of 2020.

Let Us Learn Madagascar helps hundreds of girls return to school

Posted on 5/11/2020
Let Us Learn is an integrated education program that is creating opportunities for vulnerable and excluded children, particularly girls, in Madagascar. Read results from the project and find out how it is addressing COVID-19.

Zonta responds to the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted on 5/6/2020
While everyone around the world is affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic, it is causing particularly devastating consequences for women and girls.

Zonta partners with UNICEF USA for ending child marriage with a public service announcement campaign

Posted on 4/10/2020
There are only two states—Delaware and New Jersey—that have prohibited marriage before the age of 18 with no exceptions.

Learn more about new class of Women in Technology Scholars

Posted on 4/10/2020
Zonta International is pleased to share more information about the 2019 Women in Technology Scholars.

Learn more about latest class of future business leaders

Posted on 4/3/2020
Zonta International is pleased to share more information about the 2019 Jane M. Klausman (JMK) Women in Business Scholars.

2020 Zonta International Convention Canceled

Posted on 3/31/2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Zonta International Board was forced to cancel the 2020 Zonta International Convention to be held 4-8 July in Chicago.

From Susanne's desk: Thinking of you

Posted on 3/24/2020
Who would have foreseen that, within only a few days, lives for almost of all us have changed dramatically in order to slow down the spreading of COVID-19?

Honoring a pioneer in fighting obstetric fistula

Posted on 3/24/2020
The Zonta International community is remembering Zonta International Honorary Member, Dr. Catherine Hamlin, Australia’s most renowned gynecologist.

Zonta educates, advocates for and empowers women; 2018-2019 Annual Report now available

Posted on 3/18/2020
We are happy to report that we accomplished a lot in the first half of our Centennial Anniversary Biennium. Download the digital-only 2018-2019 Zonta International and Zonta International Annual Report for updates on our service projects and educatio

Zonta International President Susanne von Bassewitz's Message for International Women's Day

Posted on 3/6/2020
This year’s International Women’s Day celebrations mark 25 years of implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted by the United Nations at the Fourth World Conference on Women.

Official Slate of Candidates for Election at Convention 2020

Posted on 3/2/2020
The Zonta International Nominating Committee (INC) has the pleasure of advising the Slate of Candidates for officers and directors of the 2020-2022 Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation Boards and the 2020-2022 Zonta International No

2020 JMK Women in Business Scholarship materials now available

Posted on 1/27/2020
Just 21.2 percent of S&P 500 companies’ board seats are occupied by women

Our icon is making its mark!

Posted on 1/24/2020
At the 10th International Creative Media Awards, the Zonta International Centennial Anniversary icon was recognized as an outstanding design and concept in the New Logo category.

Let Us Learn Madagascar teaches teens valuable life skills

Posted on 1/23/2020
In Madagascar, more than a third of teens between the ages of 15 and 19 become pregnant.

Meet first group of Zonta International's Women in Technology Scholars

Posted on 12/2/2019
Zonta International is proud to announce the 2019 Women in Technology Scholarship district/region and international recipients, who represent 22 countries.

Meet the latest class of future business leaders

Posted on 11/26/2019
Zonta International is proud to announce the 2019 Jane M. Klausman (JMK) Women in Business Scholarship

We envision a world where all women and girls are free from violence

Posted on 11/25/2019
A call to action on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Action for Service...Friendship for Peace

Posted on 11/25/2019
Action for Service…Friendship for Peace” This was Past International President Cornelia Hodge’s theme for the 1982-1984 Biennium

Past District 18 Governor, Anne-Marie French-Cudjoe to represent Zonta International at Nairobi Summ

Posted on 11/12/2019
This week in Nairobi, Kenya, the International Conference on Population and Development will meet and re-energize the global community to fulfill the promise for equal rights for women and girls.

Our global celebration, near and far

Posted on 11/8/2019
8 November marks an incredible day for Zontians all over the globe as Zonta International celebrates its 100th birthday. Just a few steps away from Zonta's Headquarters in Oak Brook, IL,

Celebrating our Centennial Anniversary

Posted on 11/7/2019
The 8th of November is a very special day for us: 100 years back, Zonta was founded in Buffalo, New York, by courageous women who set out to work for gender equality and a better world.

2018-2020 Issue Three of The Zontian: Call to Convention and Centennial Issue

Posted on 11/7/2019
Call to Convention and Centennial Issue

Another Centennial Anniversary

Posted on 11/1/2019
Like Zonta, the International Labour Organization (ILO) was founded in 1919, in the aftermath of World War I.

Honoring quite another 100 years

Posted on 10/30/2019
During my recent stay in Taipei I learned that the Zonta Club of Taipei II has a member, Ju-Chiang Lay Shan, who celebrated her 100th birthday a while ago.

UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, wishes Zonta International a happy 100th

Posted on 10/25/2019
Congratulations on your centenary! At UN Women, we greatly value Zonta International and the Zonta International Foundation’s role and work.

Meet impressive young women committed to volunteerism, leadership and gender equality

Posted on 10/11/2019
Zonta International is pleased to share more information about the 2019 Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Awardees.

Join Girls Not Brides in telling world leaders to protect girls from child marriage

Posted on 9/23/2019
Each year, 12 million girls under the age of 18 are married around the world. That is one girl every three seconds who is at a greater risk of violence, trapped in poverty, often pulled out of school and can be left with serious health complications

Strengthening resilience, investing in passion: Zonta International Foundation and UN Women empower

Posted on 8/29/2019
"The four-day mission included visits to two UN Women Oasis centres in host communities in Mwagar and Taibeh, two Oasis centres in Za'atari refugee camp and the Jordanian Women's Union in Zarqa, as well as a meeting with civil society organizations a

Zonta International mourns the passing of Sadako Miyake

Posted on 8/14/2019
It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news that Sadako Miyake passed away this week. She will be vividly remembered as co-chairman of the most...

Zonta International announces Centennial Anniversary Grantees

Posted on 7/30/2019
Zonta International is pleased to announce the recipients of its Centennial Anniversary Grants. A total of US$296,271 will be disbursed to 62 community-based organizations in 18 countries

Service Throughout the World: The Zonta Way of Life

Posted on 7/29/2019
This was the theme of Past International President, Eleanor Jammal, during her 1974-1976 biennium, and throughout her life. On Sunday, 28 July, at age 93, Eleanor passed away in Ashtabula, Ohio.

Get to know exceptional women expanding horizons in aerospace

Posted on 7/25/2019
Zonta International is pleased to share more information about the Amelia Earhart Fellows of 2019.

Not-So-Well-Known Facts About Another Centennial

Posted on 7/17/2019
What was achieved in June 1919 with the 19th Amendment passing the U.S. Congress was obviously a big success, but female suffrage remained a controversial cause until it was officially ratified in August 1920.

Looking back on June 1919: 'Lift-off' for Zonta

Posted on 6/21/2019
June 1919 was a milestone month for women’s history in the United States. After decades of petitions, silent vigils, hunger strikes and protests, in June 1919, the U.S. Senate passed the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing all American women the right to vo

I am now more capable, strong and determined because of the Oasis

Posted on 6/20/2019
This #WorldRefugeeDay, Zonta is proud to be partnering with UN Women to provide safe spaces and economic empowerment programs for Syrian refugee women.

Student clubs awarded for their efforts to empower women and girls

Posted on 6/20/2019
Zonta International congratulates the winners of the 2019 Emma L. Conlon Service Award for their efforts to empower women and girls.

Together, We Empower Women - Issue 2 of The Zontian magazine available to read now

Posted on 6/3/2019
Issue 2 of The Zontian magazine available to read now

Without the catch-up class, I would have had to stop school

Posted on 5/16/2019
Razafy Arilina Hanitra, 12, is in 6th grade at the Lower Secondary School of Tanambao/Taolagnaro (Anosy region).

Zonta International and UNICEF USA working together to build a more equitable world for women

Posted on 5/3/2019
Zonta International and UNICEF USA have been in close partnership since 1972, helping UNICEF advance the status of women and children worldwide through education, health and protection services.

CSW63: Zonta brings stakeholders together to discuss effective actions to end child marriage

Posted on 4/24/2019
“Child marriage is effectively a mass abuse of human rights. Our position is not only based on moral grounds; it is also based on legal and political grounds,” said Ambassador Mara Marinaki

Zonta president highlights Zonta’s work on child marriage at UNICEF USA Annual Summit

Posted on 4/24/2019
The UNICEF USA Annual Summit in Washington, D.C. in March highlighted the importance of partnerships in improving the lives of children and achieving sustainable development goals worldwide

Zonta International President condemns terror attacks in Sri Lanka

Posted on 4/22/2019
Zonta members were shocked to receive the news of the terror attacks in Sri Lanka that killed at least 215 people and injured more than 500 on Easter Sunday

Reflections from Let Us Learn Madagascar site visit

Posted on 4/15/2019
Four members of Zonta International recently traveled to Madagascar with UNICEF USA to visit Let Us Learn Madagascar project sites

Zonta International Earns 2018 Constant Contact All Star Award

Posted on 4/1/2019
Zonta International has been named a 2018 All Star Award winner by Constant Contact, an Endurance International Group company and a leader in small business marketing solutions.

Students in Madagascar demonstrate impact of Let Us Learn

Posted on 2/26/2019
The Let Us Learn program in Madagascar is improving the lives of thousands of children and their families. Read the following stories of how three participants have been positively impacted.

Two former Amelia Earhart Fellows reach new horizons in their careers

Posted on 1/17/2019
On 26 November, Aline Zimmer sat in Pasadena, California with her colleagues in quiet anticipation, waiting to hear confirmation that the Mars InSight lander had successfully made contact with the surface of the planet.

In Memory of Simone Ovart

Posted on 1/14/2019
With great sadness, Zonta International shares that Simone Ovart, Past Zonta International Director, Past District 30 Governor and long-time member of the Zonta International United Nations Committee, passed away on Wednesday, 9 January 2019.

UN Committee attends presentations of UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons

Posted on 1/7/2019
The Global Report on Trafficking in Persons by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was presented by UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov.

From Susanne's Desk: Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Posted on 12/10/2018
70 years ago, on December 10, 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This was a true milestone in the history of humankind.

Zontians unite to say NO to violence against women and take a stand to end child marriage

Posted on 11/25/2018
Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the start of the #16Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Panel at UN Vienna on human trafficking emphasizes need for collaboration

Posted on 10/25/2018
Prevention and education are the best strategies to counteract trafficking.” This was pointed out by Daniel Fuhry, cyber crime expert and adviser to the Austrian EU presidency, at a side event organized by Zonta International during the Ninth Session

From Susanne's Desk: Every two minutes…

Posted on 10/3/2018
Every two minutes a woman dies in childbirth. This roughly equates to the crash of two fully booked Jumbo Jets.

From Susanne’s Desk: Inside the UN General Assembly

Posted on 10/1/2018
“Let’s stop calling it marriage: It’s a crime.”

President Susanne von Bassewitz emphasizes need to empower women affected by Syrian Crisis

Posted on 9/27/2018
Today, Zonta International President Susanne von Bassewitz made a statement at the Private Sector and Philanthropic Leaders' SDG-5 Forum in New York about the need of reaching beyond immediate humanitarian needs to empower displaced women living in r

President Susanne von Bassewitz addresses Zonta's work to end child marriage at UN General Assembly

Posted on 9/26/2018
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 n

AE Fellow becomes Young Professional member

Posted on 9/6/2018
Members of the Zonta Club of Indianapolis are excited to welcome AE Fellow Marie McBride to their club.

Read about the 2019 YWPA Awardees

Posted on 9/6/2018
Zonta International is proud to share the bios of the 2018 International Young Women in Public Affairs Awardees. Click here to read the bios.

The Zontian Program Issue 2018-2020 is here

Posted on 8/2/2018
Click here to read the July 2018 issue of The Zontian magazine.

Zonta continues to empower women and work for gender equality in its Centennial Anniversary Biennium

Posted on 7/6/2018
Zonta is about empowering women—from the very beginning until now, as we start our Centennial Anniversary Biennium.

Congratulations to Zonta clubs with milestone July anniversaries

Posted on 7/1/2018
Congratulations to the clubs celebrating special anniversaries this month!

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