Advocacy is a core part of Zonta’s mission and vision. Advocacy is the expression of support for or opposition to a cause, argument or proposal. Advocacy may include influencing laws, legislation or attitudes. Zonta advocacy is an action taken “in the public interest” or for “the greater good” with respect to empowering women and girls and their human rights.

The Advocacy Committee undertakes the following activities::

  • General advocacy matters related to women and girls
  • Coordinating Zonta say No to Violence Against Women activity throughout District 16
  • Making submission on upcoming legislation that will improve the status of women and girls
  • Representing District 16 on the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Committee
  • Representing District 16’s interests on the New Zealand International Caucus (convened by the Ministry for Women)
  • Engaging with Zonta International on women’s issues through the United Nations and Council of Europe Consultation process

The Advocacy Chair for District 16 is Helen Bowie. Contact Helen at

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– About Advocacy in District 16 –

14th January 2019 Download File

Fact Sheet New Family Violence Legislation

14th January 2019 Download File

Position Paper Preventing Forced Early Marriages and Relationships in New Zealand

14th January 2019 Download File

Strategic Framework for ZI District 16 Advocacy 2018 2020

14th January 2019 Download File

Advocacy Submissions Policy D16 May 2018

1st May 2018 Download File
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