Supporting Zonta International Service Projects

As a member of Zonta International, Zonta Woodstock members are supporting International Service Projects to ensure a world where women and girls achieve their full potential and live without fear.  Financial support of such programs is accomplished through our International Women’s Day Rose Sale in March.

Service projects are vetted by our International Board and voted on by club delegates at International Convention held every two years.  Programs are then recommended for the duration of the biennium.

Since Zonta International founding in 1919, Zontians have been passionate about empowering women in developing countries through international service efforts that have grown to more than US$28.7 million for projects in 66 countries across six continents.

Supported programs fall into to categories: one, International Service Fund; two, Zonta International Strategies to End Violence Against Women (ZISVAW) Program.

Zonta International Service Programs

2018-2020 Biennium two programs are being supported by the International Service Fund:

Women & Girls Dancing, Zonta International

Eid bi Eid (Hand in Hand)

Support to the resilience and empowerment of Syrian refugee and vulnerable Jordanian women

Zonta International has committed US$1,000,000 to UN Women to improve Syrian refugee and Jordanian women’s access to sustainable and decent employment, coupled with protection services and community leadership/engagement, to enable greater equality and reduced violence against women.


Zonta International President (2018-2018) with Madagascar Student

Let Us Learn Madagascar

An Integrated Program for Adolescent Girls

Zonta International has committed an additional US$1,000,000 to continue its support of Let Us Learn Madagascar through 2020. The project focuses on reaching out-of-school children, expanding girls’ education, and improving quality outcomes for learners.

Zonta International Strategies to End Violence Against Women (ZISVAW) Programs 

Through funding from the Zonta International Foundation, the Zonta International Strategies to End Violence Against Women (ZISVAW) Program has provided more than US$9.5 million to support projects to prevent and end violence against women and girls in 46 countries.

Ending Child Marriage

A Programme to Accelerate Global Action

Zonta International has committed US$2,000,000 to UNICEF USA to support the UNICEF/UNFPA Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage in 12 countries: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Yemen, and Zambia. The Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage brings together governments, civil society, families and young people in a collective effort to prevent girls from marrying too young and to support those already married as girls.

Empowering Women