Zonta International is a world-wide service organization of executives in business and the professions working to improve the legal, political and economic status of women. Zontians serve both international and local communities through advocacy and service.
Founded in 1919 in Buffalo, New York, Zonta International has grown to include more than 1200 clubs in 65 countries with more than 30,000 members.
Zonta plays an important role at the United Nations and currently holds Non-Governmental Organizational status. In addition, Zonta has been granted Consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council, UNICEF, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the International Labour Organization and the Council of Zonta maintains active representatives at the United Nations’ sights in Geneva, New York, Paris and Vienna.
Zonta International enjoys a special partnership with the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). Like Zonta, UNIFEM recognizes the importance of focusing attention on the activities and roles of women which are critical to sustainable development.
Financially, Zonta contributes to UNIFEM to fund women’s self help projects. These projects have focused on providing labour-saving appropriate technologies, vocational training and credit to enhance women’s roles as farmers, entrepreneurs, managers and technicians.
Through the Amelia Earhart Fellowship Program, Zonta International has awarded over 1000 fellowships totaling over 5 million dollars. These have been presented to women pursuing graduate studies in aerospace-related sciences and engineering.
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Zonta Says NO is a Zonta International campaign to raise awareness of, and increase actions to end, violence against women and girls around the world. www.zontasaysno.com