ZC of Sydney Hills receive Shire Award

The Zonta Club of Sydney Hills Inc was awarded The Hills Shire Community Project of the Year on Australia Day.  This was recognition for its innovative advocacy work: the Battered Barbie Project. More.

Zontian Valerie George awarded OAM

Valerie George of the Zonta Club of Nepean Valley Inc was awarded an OAM in the Australia Day honours for services to women’s health and the Nepean Valley community.

Birthing Kits Celebrated

This video, made to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Birthing Kit Foundation of Australia, is an excellent five minute summary of the birthing kit phenomenon.

Website dedicated to prevention of forced marriage launched

My Blue Sky www.mybluesky.org.au, Australia’s first website dedicated to forced marriage prevention, information and legal advice, was recently launched by Anti-Slavery Australia, marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Anti-Slavery Australia knows that people facing forced marriage may only have one opportunity to reach out for help. This website offers vulnerable people the opportunity to access reliable information about marriage in Australia and direct access to legal advice and support through a simple email or text message.

eS4W Consultation on lifelong economic well-being for women

eS4W (Economic Security for Women) is holding a consultation seeking women’s views on economic empowerment, workforce participation and their financial independence and sustainability in retirement. eS4W  and its member organisations are holding consultations and promoting an online survey to find out what women consider should be the priorities for government, to improve women’s long term economic wellbeing. The deadline for input is 13th November.

The results will build on the core issues of:
• Women and girls into non-traditional occupations and industries
• Workplace gender equality in the Small to Medium Enterprise sector
• Financial literacy: savings and investment (financial independence in retirement)

The results will also outline future areas of work for economic Security4Women into 2016-2019.

Click here to go to the survey,

ZI Statement on Women’s rights and non-state terrorist groups

Zonta International has made a strong statement to the United Nations that the international community must join efforts to stop the systematic violation of women’s human rights perpetrated by ISIS and other non-state actors. It is not only a women’s issue but also a complex emergency and a growing threat to international peace and security. More.