What we do

Zonta International envisions a wold in which women’s rights are recognised 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.

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Contents of basic toiletry kit.

In addition to supporting Zonta’s international service and award programs, every Zonta district and club implements its own service and advocacy initiatives. In this way Zontians enact thousands of local actions that apply global human rights principles and Zonta International’s objectives at the local level.

Our club supports a number of local and district service projects:

Toiletry bags and shoe boxes of love: We put together basic toiletry kits for women arriving at shelters after fleeing domestic violence. At Christmas, we put together ‘shoe boxes of love’ containing toiletries and other small items. The boxes are delivered to women’s shelters to help brighten what might otherwise be a difficult time.

Support for Mekhala House: Mekhala House orphanage and learning centre is located in Prey Veng, Cambodia. The centre is run by the Foundation for Developing Cambodia Communities (FDCC) and is home for approximately 38 girls.

District projects: We are active supporters of District 23‘s two service projects:

  • Assembling birthing kits to provide for a clean and safe birthing environment for women without access to professional medical care in developing countries (read more), and
  • Sewing breast care cushions for women (and men) recovering from breast surgery.

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    Breast cushions gift wrapped and ready for delivery to local hospitals.

Award nominations: We make nominations to Zonta International’s Amelia Earhart Fellowship, Jane M Klausman Women in Business Award and Young Women in Public Affairs Award, and make small endowment in recognition of each nomination.

We also make small grants to support educational or community service projects. Past grants have been provided to establish a sewing circle for migrant women, support the education of Aboriginal students, purchase mosquito nets for vulnerable communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and to support an indulgence day for carers.

Our club also holds various social events to raise funds, and provide an opportunity to develop friendships that promote unity and enthusiasm within the club. All funds raised by the club are used to support our services projects and a proportion of funds raised are donated to the Zonta International Foundation.

Upcoming club events can be found here.

Links:

Zonta International

District 23

Zonta International Foundation