As a member of Zonta International, our club supports International Programs. The programs are vetted by our International Board and voted on by club delegates at International Convention held every two years. Programs are then supported for the duration of the biennium.
Since Zonta International was founded 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.
2018-2020 Biennium two programs are being supported by the International Service Fund:
Zonta International Service Programs
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.
Let Us Learn Madagascar: An Integrated Program for Adolescent Girls
Zonta International has committed Zonta committed an additional US$1,000,000 to continue its support of Let Us Learn Madagascar through 2020. The project is focused 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.