Zonta celebrates its centennial!

One hundred years ago, a small group of pioneering women came together in Buffalo, New York with a vision to help all women realize greater equality while using their individual and collective expertise in service to their community. Their vision became Zonta International, an organization that has grown to more than 29,000 members in 63 countries, working together to make gender equality a reality for women and girls worldwide.

8 November 2019 marks Zonta’s centennial anniversary.

Find out more about the history of Zonta on https://zonta100.org/celebrate/our-history/ and about the Centennial Endowment Campaign of the Zonta International Foundation: https://zontaendowmentcampaign.org/

One focus of Zonta International’s work over the next two years, around its 100th anniversary in 2019, will be financial and non-material support for UNFPA activities to end child marriage. The program is supported at all levels by Zonta member women, both locally and internationally.

Continuing its long-term partnership with UNFPA to advance the rights of women and girls, Zonta International has become the first private sector donor to the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage.

Zonta’s $2 million commitment, including $800,000 to UNFPA, will expand the program’s reach and help accelerate its impact. Since 2016, the program has been working in 12 countries with high rates of child marriage, across three regions, to deliver health, education, protection and support services for adolescent girls who are at risk of child marriage or already married. The program puts a great emphasis on engaging communities to change social norms that perpetuate the practice, while ensuring that systems, laws and policies protect and promote girls’ rights.

Find out more about the UNFPA engagement of Zonta: https://www.unfpa.org/updates/strategic-partner-zonta-joins-fight-against-child-marriage

Social protection systems, public services and infrastructures that make it possible for women to have access to a self-determined life, to education, to health and to safeguarding their own existence, are an important prerequisite for curbing this form of violence against girls and women, and thus opportunities for the future to be beneficial to girls and women as well as to society as a whole and to development in all countries concerned. The targeted promotion of willingness to do so as well as targeted support measures for implementation are therefore also an urgent concern for Zonta, which therefore will take part with several actions also at the CSW63 from 11 to 22 March 2019 in New York.

Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals committed to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. Zonta’s first club was established in Buffalo, New York, in November 1919 and membership today stands at approximately 30,000 Zontians in 66 countries. Zonta advocates through its General Consultative Status with the United Nations and Participatory Status at the Council of Europe. The Zonta International Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organisation, which supports an extensive international service program through the contributions of Zonta clubs, individual Zontians and friends. www.zonta.org

For administrative purposes, Zonta International is divided into 32 districts worldwide. The Zonta District 27, includes 78 clubs and almost 1.900 members of Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Polonia and the Ukraine.

Read more about Zonta and the CSW63 at: https://www.zonta.org/Global-Impact/Advocacy/CSW/csw-63

Please feel free to contact press officer Karin Lange at langekarin@t-online.de for further information.