Janet Hope, Govenor 2016- 2018
‘Shaping our Future’
It is my pleasure to write this message on behalf of the District 16 Board for the 2016-2018 biennium.
Zonta International President Sonia Honig Schough has focussed on the Zonta mission as the guiding statement for the biennium – “Empowering Women Worldwide through Service and Advocacy”.
There are five focus areas in the biennial goals approved at the International Convention in Nice:
- Goal 1: Zonta’s service programs reflect on and enhance our mission.
- Goal 2: Zonta International is a leading advocate for women’s rights.
- Goal 3: Zonta International builds and sustains a vibrant global membership.
- Goal 4: Zonta International maintains resources to support mission and vision fulfilment.
- Goal 5: Zonta’s Centennial Anniversary celebrations have visibility around the world.
The District 16 goals will reflect those of Zonta International. We will continue to have a voice on women’s issues and a visible presence through supporting the Zonta Says No to Violence campaign. Clubs voted to join the Women’s Empowerment Principles Committee which provides the ideal platform to engage with men in our communities to work towards gender equality.
The International Service projects and programmes include some continuing programmes that will be familiar to members and some new programmes:
- Towards Elimination of Obstetric Fistula and the Reduction of Maternal and Newborn Mortality and Morbidity in Liberia
- Let Us Learn Madagascar: An Integrated Programme for Adolescent Girls
- Initiative for Adolescent Girls in Niger: Knowledge for Dignity
- The Future We Want: Creating Sustainable Foundations for Addressing Human Trafficking and Unsafe Migration of Women and Girls in Nepal.
District 16 clubs voted to continue to work with the Sophie Elliot Foundation as our District Project. Our financial support enables the book Loves Me Not – How to keep Relationships Safe to be offered to year 12 students completing the Loves-Me Not workshops in schools. All clubs supported this project in the last biennium and we have seen the results with the programme being delivered to more and more schools nationally. We are very pleased to continue to be associated with the Sophie Elliot Foundation.
Being an active member with a commitment to our goal of empowering women and girls is the most important role in Zonta. Recruiting and retaining committed and skilled members who represent the communities we live in is essential to achieving that goal. Empowerment also means we shall empower ourselves by ensuring the resources and tools you need to strengthen your knowledge of Zonta are readily available.
In 2015 Zonta celebrated 50 years in New Zealand and the 100-year centenary of Zonta International will be celebrated in 2019. In this biennium the District Centennial Committee will be working to develop a programme for the centenary year to maximise opportunities to raise the profile of Zonta in New Zealand across all of our activities.
The 2016-2018 District Board and Committee Chairs provide a good mix of prior experience and new fresh ideas. We have an exciting two years ahead of us.