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Focusing on Zonta’s Mission. Zonta International seeks to improve the legal, political, economic, health, educational and professional status of women through service and advocacy. At the international level

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focusing on zonta s mission
Focusing on Zonta’s Mission

Zonta International seeks to improve the legal, political, economic, health, educational and professional status of women through service and advocacy.

At the international level

Zonta supports educational scholarships, violence prevention programs and international service projects, with funding from the Zonta International Foundation.

At the local level

Clubs support Zonta’s mission through service and advocacy projects that serve the needs of women in their local community.

Elimination of Obstetric Fistula and the Reduction of Maternal and Newborn Mortality and Morbidity in Liberia
Security and Empowerment for Women and their Families: Ensuring a Gender-Responsive, Humanitarian and Early Recovery Response in Haiti

International Service Projects

International Service Projects seek to improve the

  • Economic
  • Educational
  • Health
  • Legal

status of women in developing countries or countries in transition.

prevention of mother to child transmission of hiv in rwanda
Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in Rwanda

By the numbers:

190,000 Rwandans, including 27,000 children, are HIV positive…

90% of children with HIV contracted the virus from their mothers during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding.

Almost all of these cases could have been prevented if the mother had access to proper medical treatment.

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Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in Rwanda

UNICEF (US$600,000)

This project can virtually eliminate the passage of HIV from mother to child by providing:

  • HIV testing and counseling
  • Health care
  • Prenatal and obstetrical services
  • Antiretroviral medications during pregnancy
  • Nutritional support
  • Income-generating activities
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Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in Rwanda
  • Action: advocacy and sensitization campaigns among religious leaders and local authoritiesResult:more women are expected to deliver at the health facility.
  • Action: increased male participation in PMTCT + servicesResult:more women, children and families will be reached and services will be more effective.
  • Action: improve skills of existing anti-AIDS clubs in 7 secondary schoolsResult:improved quality of messages shared with peers for appropriate behavior change.
safe cities for women in guatemala and el salvador
Safe Cities for Womenin Guatemala and El Salvador

UNIFEM (US$600,000)

In El Salvador an estimated 1,000 women were murdered between 1999 and 2005.

More than 3,200 Guatemalan women have been kidnapped, murdered, and in many cases, raped, tortured and mutilated in the last seven years.

safe cities for women
Safe Cities for Women

UNIFEM will make these dangerous cities safer for women by:

  • Focusing on urban violence as a gender issue,
  • strengthening women’s rights to active citizenship,
  • educating the public about violence against women, and
  • helping women collaborate with the local government and urban planners to create public policies that decrease the risk of violence against women.
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Safe Cities for Womenin Guatemala and El Salvador
  • Negotiations with local women’s organizations and authorities are in process.
  • UNIFEM willdevelop and implement policieson urban violence that specifically address the needs of women and the prevalence of violence against women in this environment.
  • The women’s organizations willidentify risks and potential solutions, advocatefor more effective anti-violence policies andparticipate in urban planningaimed at making the cities safer.
  • They willlaunch sensitization campaigns and stage local interventionsin order to educate the public and to decrease violence against women.

Reduction of Obstetric Fistula in Liberia

UNFPA (US$450,000)

What is obstetric fistula?

Obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged labor without prompt medical intervention, leaving women with:

  • chronic incontinence,
  • a stillborn baby (in most cases), and
  • the continuous smell of leaking urine or feces, or both.

Left untreated, fistula can lead to ulcerations, kidney disease, and nerve damage in the legs.Source:


Reduction of Obstetric Fistula in Liberia

UNFPA will contribute to the elimination of obstetric fistula and the reduction of maternal and newborn mortality by ensuring:

  • Access to quality fistula treatment and improved emergency obstetric care
  • Supporting women socially and economically to start a new life in their communities.

Reduction of Obstetric Fistula in Liberia


  • Outreach activities have been initiated
  • 36 Fistula cases were repaired
  • Dignity kits were provided for patients in Lofa
  • Fistula surgical repair kits were provided to Hospitals
  • Vocational and literacy skills training were conducted
  • Starter kits were procured and shared with 17 Fistula survivors after skills training.

Zonta International Strategies to Prevent Violence Against Women (ZISVAW)

ZISVAW Projects seek to reduce the incidence of violence against women and girls by changing the personal and/or political knowledge, attitudes and behaviors contributing to violence against women.


Ending Violence Against Women through Community Action in Cambodia(US$300,000)

This project works with women’s and men’s community groups to:

  • change harmful attitudes and behaviors through education and counseling,
  • advocate for the enforcement of laws that protect women,
  • teach women their legal rights and assist them in accessing the legal system and social services,
  • provide counseling to perpetrators and potential perpetrators to change them into non-violent male role models.

Combating Physical Violence Against Women and Supporting the Implementation of Protective and Anti-discriminatory Laws and Policies in Egypt (US$200,000)

  • Supports the implementation of laws prohibiting the performance of genital mutilation,
  • provides legal, medical and psychological aid to women, and
  • helps shelters better respond to needs and rights of women survivors of violence.

Community-based Center for Housing and Rehabilitation of Women Victims of Violence in Syria(US$100,000)

A “one-stop centre” providing:

  • legal advice for women,
  • access to education, and vocational training,
  • family counseling, and
  • counseling for perpetrators of violence against women.

Identify and respond to local opportunities to prevent violence against women and advance women’s education, health care, legal rights,

and economic security.

For example:

What can you do in your community?

  • Work with local authorities to reform public policies to make neighbourhoods and campuses safer for women.
  • Increase women’s and girls’ access to local preventative health care programs (e.g., mammograms, vaccinations, and Pap smears).

What can you do in your community?

  • Support local HIV/AIDS testing, counseling, and treatment programs for pregnant women.
  • Collaborate with local media, healthcare professionals, and police officials to prevent and respond to violence against women.
  • Participate in the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign (25 November - 10 December).
what can you do in your community
What can you do in your community?
  • Advocate for the implementation of local and national policies, laws and action plans on ending violence against women.
  • Mentor girls interested in fields in which women are under-represented.
  • Encourage women to apply for an AE Fellowship, JMK Scholarship, or YWPA Award.

Zonta International Commitments

Our success depends on contributions to Annual Funds to support the charitable and educational programs of Zonta International.

  • Amelia Earhart Fundsupports graduate (PhD) fellowships for women studying aerospace related sciences and engineering.
  • International Service Fundsupports projects that seek to improve the economic, educational, health, or legal status of women.
  • Jane M. Klausman Fundsupports scholarships for young women pursuing careers in business management.
  • Young Women in Public Affairs Fundsupports awards to encourage young women to participate in public and political life.
  • ZISVAW Fundsupports projects that seek to reduce the incidence of violence against women and girls.

Zonta International Commitments

  • Fundraising Commitments 2010-2012
  • Every Zonta Club contributes at least one-third of all service funds collected to the Zonta International Foundation. Where this is not applicable, other ways should be found to contribute “your portion.”
  • Every Zontian makes an individual annual gift to the Foundation.
  • Every Zontian investigates and considers a planned gift to our Foundation.
why should we give to the foundation
Why should we give to the Foundation?
  • 70 percent of the world’s 1.3 billion are poor women.
  • Two-thirds of the illiterate adults in the world are women and two-thirds of the children not in school today are girls.
  • 60 million women who should be alive today are “missing” because of violence associated with gender discrimination.
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Why should we give to the Foundation?
  • Every month of every year, more than 40,000 women in developing nations die from pregnancy-related causes.
  • Women comprise 48% of the workforce, yet less than 5% hold senior management positions and only 10% hold seats in the world’s parliaments.
  • Every year, an estimated 4 million women and girls are bought and sold worldwide.