Speaking up on behalf of others, speaking out on issues that affect the lives of women, advocacy is core to changing the lives of women around the world – the purpose for which Zonta was created.
The range of issues that make a difference to the lives of women is highly diverse – as diverse as the lives of women!
- Violence against women – learn about the Zonta Says No campaign
- Equal opportunity
- Employment Opportunities
Zonta International has position papers on a number of global issues including migration, prostitution, trafficking in persons, and women’s reproductive health.
Zonta International has status with the United Nations and the Council for Europe. Each year Zonta is well represented at sessions of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, including by Zontians from District 24. Read Zonta International Honorary Member Prof Shirley Randell’s report back on CSW61 here.
Advocating is done in line with Zonta’s policies.
Clubs: undertake advocacy on issues arising in their local area.
Click here for information on how your Zonta Club can be a better advocate for women.
Districts: take carriage of issues extending over the area of multiple clubs within that District. District 24 advocates at the District level, including with the NSW and ACT Governments. Through its membership of two national women’s alliances – economicSecurity4Women and the Equality Rights Alliance – District 24 is also able to express its voice to the Australian Government.
Zonta International: our voice to the United Nations and on any matter outside our own District. Zonta International advocates for women’s issues at the international level, using its General Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and Consultative Status with UNESCO, UNICEF, UN Women, ILO, Council of Europe and the International Centre for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs. It regularly participates in the NGO meetings which support and inform the UN’s annual meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women.
If you are unsure at what level an issue might be pursued by Zonta, please contact the Governor by email at
Economic Security 4 Women (eS4W) is a national women’s alliance, funded by the Australian Government through the Office for Women in the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. It is an alliance of women’s organisations united in the belief that economic well-being and financial security are essential for women and will enable women of all ages to have an equal place in society. See the eS4W video Work of the Future Valuing Women.
Equality Rights Alliance – works on a range of projects relating to:
- Bringing the diversity of women’s voices to develop and resource policies and processes that will achieve equality for women
- Housing that meets the needs of women
- Women’s equality in laws and access to justice
- Women’s health and well-being
- Economic policy and structures that meet the needs of women
Equal Pay Day. Held in Australia in August/September, Equal Pay Day is an annual event to highlight the serious issue of gender pay inequity. It marks the extra days from the start of the financial year on 1 July that women must work on average to earn the same as men. Our National Women’s Alliances, ERA and eS4W provide helpful information on their websites.
Equal Pay Day is an advocacy opportunity at local and national levels. To assist Zonta clubs and Zontians in their advocacy efforts around equal pay, the ZontA International Advocacy Committee and Zonta Headquarters have also developed some materials, made available to club presidents, which can be adapted by clubs to local needs.
Our Watch – has been established to drive Australia-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that lead to violence against women and children.