Founded in 1919 in the USA, Zonta International has 30,000 members in 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 67 countries. Members volunteer their time, talents, and money to support women and girls in their local communities, run projects in many parts of the world to improve the lives of women, and advocate on women’s issues at all levels of society. There are scholarship and award programs for furthering women’s education and also youth leadership development through Z Clubs and Golden Z Clubs. Zonta International has a long and well-respected history of partnership in programs with United Nations Agencies and maintains consultative status on women’s issues with the UN and Council of Europe.
Every year, Zonta Foundation for Women provides more than US$5 million for programs and projects that benefit thousands of women around the world. Through the Foundation, Zonta International helps women and girls overcome gender barriers to educational and professional advancement; provides opportunities for women to earn higher wages and achieve economic independence; ensures that women and children have access to quality, affordable health care; and strives to end violence against women while helping survivors rebuild their lives.
The Zonta Foundation for Women is a not-for-profit charitable organisation supported solely by contributions from Zonta clubs, Zontians, and friends of Zonta International around the globe who share a commitment to advancing the status of women worldwide. The affairs of the Foundation are managed by its Board of Directors who also sit on the Board of Zonta International Foundation.
Learn more about Zonta’s International Programs supported by the Zonta Foundation for Women.
In New Zealand Zonta has been active for 50 years, and has 28 clubs from Northland to Otago. Membership enquiries are welcome. To find a club near you click here or contact us for more information.
The rewards of Zonta membership:
- Join a global group of like-minded people, helping women and girls
- Contribute to your community in a rewarding and enjoyable way
- Create friendships and network with members locally, nationally and internationally
- Develop personal skills and leadership opportunities
- Make a difference to the world around you