Zonta Says No

For 100 years, Zonta International has contributed to help achieve a world free of violence against women and girls through service and advocacy.

Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations and a global epidemic. It knows no national or cultural barriers; it takes place at home, in the workplace and in open spaces, and affects millions of women and girls in peacetime and conflict. It includes psychological, physical and sexual violence, and harmful practices such as rape, female genital cutting, child marriage and human trafficking. Violence against women and girls threatens countries, inhibits economic progress, and prevents women from contributing to their community and creating better lives for themselves and their families.

Our ongoing service efforts are demonstrated through numerous local projects and programs, through the Zonta International Strategies to End Violence against Women (ZISVAW) program and through Zonta’s partnerships with the United Nations and its agencies.

Our ongoing advocacy impact is built around the advocacy campaign “Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women.” Launched in 2012, the campaign has raised awareness of the global pandemic of women’s rights violations and has united Zonta clubs worldwide in conducting impactful advocacy actions to fight violence against women and gender inequality.

All Zonta clubs and districts are encouraged to take advocacy actions throughout the year:

  • To promote the human rights of women
  • To promote Sustainable Development Goal No. 5 “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”
  • To end violence against women and girls

During the 16 Days of Activism, 25 November-10 December, all Zonta clubs and districts are encouraged to take part in the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign and to take local, national and international actions to influence the making and implementation of laws, as well as changing gender-based attitudes and behaviors to end violence against women.

Learn more here. zontasaysno.com

Learn how Zonta is making a difference by reading Zontians in Action.

Click here to read about what the clubs are doing in District 24

Canberra turns orange to say no to violence against women

The Zonta Club of Canberra Breakfast is staging several orange-themed events across Canberra during the international 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign.

“In Australia, 49 women and girls have died due to intimate partner violence over the past year,” said Zonta Club of Canberra Breakfast Vice President Glenda Stevens.  “While this is less than the 71 who died in 2018, it remains unacceptable.”

The campaign starts on November 25th, the UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and culminates with the ringing of the Canberra Rotary Peace Bell in Canberra’s Nara Park on International Human Rights Day.

On 6 December, the Captain Cook fountain will be lit orange to draw public attention to the 16 Days of Activism campaign. “Orange is not only Zonta’s colour, but also the colour of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 5, which sets out a commitment to achieve gender equality”, said Ms Stevens.

Civic and Belconnen libraries will display stylish orange paper flower arrangements, with each flower representing the life of the 49 women who have died as a result of domestic violence.  The first name of each victim, and her age, will also be displayed, except where respecting Indigenous customs.

The campaign will conclude on 10 December with a morning ceremony commencing at 6.30am at Nara Park, at which the Canberra Rotary Peace Bell will toll for each woman killed in Australia in the last twelve months.

Zonta is an international service club dedicated to empowering women through service and advocacy.  The Zonta Club of Canberra Breakfast meets once a month.

For further inquiries about Zonta’s activities please contact Glenda Stevens, 0405 900 360.


On Her Shoulders

Tells the story of a multi-layered and selfless activist  Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nadia Murad who once dreamed of opening a beauty salon in her village. As she becomes an essential voice in the fight to bring ISIS to justice and save her people from extinction.

The film is presented by Lendlease, Zonta Club of Sydney Breakfast Inc & Calmar Corps.

Fri 11th Oct 2019, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Lendlease Barangaroo, Sydney NSW
Level 14 International Towers Exchange Place Tower Three, 300 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Includes film and refreshments.


Breast Cancer Training in Sri Lanka

Breast Cancer training in Sri Lanka.

A collaborative project between Zonta Club of Colombo11 (District 25) and Zonta Club of Botany Bay (District 24) arranged a workshop to train nurses in specialist breast cancer detection and treatment.
With very little mammography available in Sri Lanka, the importance of early detection and recognition of breast cancer by self examination became vital.
Ann Selle OAM led the team of trainers to deliver the first workshop to the nurses from all 11 provinces of Sri Lanka. Post course evaluation strongly indicated that additional training is required.
The first workshop was funded by members of Zonta Club of Botany Bay and friends. However the reality is that we now have to extend our fundraising base to ensure early detection of breast cancer for Sri Lankan women becomes a reality.
This project is one that can have an immediate and long term effect on the lives of many women and brings together our Clubs and Districts at an international level.

For more information watch this video, Zonta Cares – Breast Cancer Training in Sri Lanka.

Bridging a gap in cultural attitude, awareness and education of medical staff has been most rewarding for all those involved.

Any individual Zontians or clubs who wish to donate

https://www.givenow.com.au – Zonta Cares

or Zonta Cares BSB 032-167 Account 354325
For more information contact
Ann Selle OAM-Zonta Club of Botany Bay

Financially Fit Females

Economic Security4Women (ES4W) has partnered with Bauer Media’s major campaign designed to empower and educate the nation’s more than 12 million women about their personal finances and financial abuse.

The campaign, entitled Financially Fit Females, is running across Bauer’s 36 media brands, including ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Australian Women’s Weekly and Woman’s Day with a combined readership of some 7.5 million.

Over the cause of the next six months Bauer Media will feature key issues and ES4W will partake in their media campaign raising awareness and features on the campaign’s website

  • Key issues are:
    • Financial and economic abuse; what it is and how to recognise it
    • Savings and investments
    • Maximizing super
    • Being paid appropriately
    • Navigating separation and divorce

Zonta Australia and New Zealand Centennial Conference Registration

Registrations are now open for 2019 Zonta Australia and New Zealand Centennial Conference in Brisbane QLD on 6-8th September 2019

Please note the Thursday Leadership session is now SOLD OUT.

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Registration Form can also be downloaded from here

Guest Speakers include Dame Theresa Walsh DNZM and Dame Quentin Bryce AD, CVO