Empowering Women Through Service and Advocacy

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Zonta Club of Melbourne Mission

The Zonta Club of Melbourne is a service organization of talented women and men with diverse skills working together to empower women and girls through hands-on assistance, advocacy, and funding locally, regionally and around the world through Zonta International.

100 YEARS OF ZONTA INTERNATIONAL

On 8 November 2019, Zonta International marked a century of commitment to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

To celebrate the contribution and achievements of the organization and its districts, clubs and individual members, the Centennial Anniversary Committee drove a decade-long project to compile a history of those 100 years.

Zontians around the world supplied information to supplement the research and writing undertaken by Danish Zontian and historian, Eva Nielsen. This webpage gives access to more than 80 chapters and appendices detailing Zonta’s story. All the work involved was done on a voluntary basis.

On 8 November 2019, Zonta International marked a century of commitment to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

To celebrate the contribution and achievements of the organization and its districts, clubs and individual members, the Centennial Anniversary Committee drove a decade-long project to compile a history of those 100 years.

Zontians around the world supplied information to supplement the research and writing undertaken by Danish Zontian and historian, Eva Nielsen. This webpage gives access to more than 80 chapters and appendices detailing Zonta’s story. All the work involved was done on a voluntary basis.

Advocating for Gender EqualitY

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Gender equality is a basic human right and its achievement has immense socioeconomic implications. Yet, gender inequalities are deeply rooted in every society.

Sustainable Development Goal No. 5 is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. While progress has been made, no country in the world has achieved gender equality.

  • Nearly 40% of women and girls, or 1.4 billion people, live in countries that are “failing on gender equality.”
  • According to recent data from some 90 countries, women devote on average roughly three times more hours a day to unpaid care and domestic work than men, limiting the time available for paid work, education and leisure and further reinforcing gender-based socioeconomic disadvantages.
  • Women are paid approximately 81 cents for every dollar a man makes.
  • Women continue to be underrepresented at all levels of political leadership. As of 1 January 2019, women’s representation in national Parliaments ranged from 0 to 61.3%, with the average standing at 24.2%.
  • While women represented 39% of world employment, only 27% of managerial positions in the world were occupied by women in 2018.
  • 35% of women worldwide have experienced either intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
  • Globally, one in five girls were married before age 18.

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MISSION
Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

VISION
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 an equal basis with men.

In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.

Changing the World for Women

Zonta International holds General Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and Participatory Status with the Council of Europe. Zonta teams engage in these important intergovernmental organizations and in important events and campaigns to further our global advocacy efforts and our mission to empower women worldwide.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Zonta International’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
Since 1919, Zonta has been working to create a more equitable future for women and girls. We believe that fostering a diverse and inclusive global community is a powerful platform to bring about the social change needed to make our vision for gender equality a reality. As a global organization, Zonta International values the contributions of members of all backgrounds, regardless of age, ethnicity, race, color, ability, religion, socio-economic status, culture, sexual orientation or gender identity. We believe that a diverse community of members is essential to our ability to achieve our mission to create a more equitable future.

We strive to be an organization where everyone feels empowered to be their full authentic selves. We celebrate multiple approaches and points of view and know that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative environment to better serve our members and achieve our mission for gender equality. 

100 Days

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Ending Gender-Based Violence

ISSUE IN FOCUS
Gender-based violence, or violence against women and girls, is a severe violation of human rights. Violence not only negatively affects women; it also affects their families, communities and countries. 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 in conflict. Gender-based violence includes psychological, physical and sexual violence, and harmful practices such as intimate partner violence, sexual violence and harassment, child marriage, female genital mutilation and human trafficking, according to UN Women.

 


Zonta History

Look back at our first century of service and advocacy and the milestones that made Zonta the organization we are today.

Zonta History Film