Zonta International is a leading global organisation of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.
Founded in Buffalo, New York, 1919, its early members were among the first generation of college-educated women, the first generation of North American women to vote, and a part of the growing, though still comparatively small, legion of women entering the workforce.
Today, Zonta International has some 30,000 members in over 1200 clubs in 67 countries, and has 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.
Zonta International’s aims and objectives are:
- to improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women through service and advocacy;
- to work for the advancement of understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of executives in business and the professions;
- to promote justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; and
- to be united internationally to foster high ethical standards, to implement service programs and to provide mutual support and fellowship for members who serve their communities, their nations and the world.
Zonta’s Mission, Vision and Theme for 2014-2016
Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.
Zonta International envisions a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential.
In such a world, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on equal basis with men.
In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.
Empowering Women Through Service and Advocacy
Read about Zonta International’s strategic goals for 2014-2016 here.
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