About Zonta International

About Zonta International

Zonta and the United Nations

Zonta and the United Nations

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Across the globe, Zontians volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship programs.  Zonta has more than 30,000 members in more than 1200 clubs located in 63 countries and geographic areas.  Zonta International, its districts and its clubs are nonsectarian and nonpartisan.  


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.  


Zonta International is a non partisan and 

non-sectarian organization.

Zonta and the United Nations

Zonta and the United Nations

Zonta and the United Nations

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The Zonta International UN Committee teams represent Zonta in New York at UN Headquarters; in Geneva at the UN Office and ILO headquarters; in Vienna at the UN Office; and in Paris at UNESCO. The teams ensure that Zonta’s priorities are presented, and that the Zonta voice is clear in mission-related meetings at their respective sites. They meet and work with decision-makers from UN agencies and countries where Zonta has funded projects and/or where Zonta clubs reside. The current priority area of focus is the Sustainable Development Goals, which set the UN agenda for the next 15 years, concentrating on Goal 5 and areas that relate to women’s empowerment. The teams also monitor and report on ongoing issues such as human trafficking, women’s employment, human rights, the gender pay gap, and much more. Team members work in coalition with other like-minded organizations on issues of mutual concern, such as early and child marriage.  Please see this presentation for more information:  Zonta and the UN (2017)

ZI Programs

Zonta and the United Nations

ZI Programs

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Since Zonta International was founded in 1919, Zontians have been passionate about empowering women in developing countries through international service. In the more than 90 years since its first international service project was funded, Zonta International has contributed nearly US$15.5 million to projects benefiting women in 37 countries.


Through funding from the Zonta International Foundation, the Zonta International Service Program has provided training, education, health, sanitation, agricultural and micro-credit assistance to women, primarily through projects implemented by the agencies of the United Nations and other recognized non-governmental organizations.


During the 2016-2018 Biennium, two projects are being supported by the International Service Fund:

To learn more about the International Service Program and the projects being funded this biennium,  click here.