FOCUS – Building a Better World for Women and Girls since 1919.

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Zonta International (ZI), was founded in Buffalo New York in 1919 by a group of five women who were leaders in their professions, with an initial focus on the education of girls and young women.  The name ‘Zonta’ comes from a Sioux Indian word meaning ‘honest and trustworthy’.  From these early beginnings Zonta International now has around 1100 clubs in 63 countries across the world.

Zonta International enjoys consultative status with United Nations, is represented on the Council of Europe and participates in the annual Commission on the Status of Women in New York.   Today Zonta’s headquarters are in Chicago. Zonta came to Australia more than 50 years ago and The Zonta Club of Adelaide Flinders belongs to District 23, which encompasses Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia.

A District 23 Conference is held each biennium at chosen locations within the District and, during alternate years, Zonta holds an International Convention at varying locations around the world.  The next District 23 Conference will be held in 2021 in Bendigo and the next Zonta International Convention will be held in Hamburg in 2022.  These are ideal opportunities to meet and share with Zontians from other regions, and the Zonta Club of Adelaide Flinders is always well represented at these events.

The Zonta Club of Adelaide Flinders supports Zonta’s International and District 23 service, advocacy and educational projects as well as initiating club projects in our local community.  We are one of twelve clubs throughout South Australia and Northern Territory (Area 2) and regularly collaborate with other clubs on various projects, forums and workshops.

We meet for monthly club dinner meetings, regularly featuring interesting and educational guest speakers.  We also engage with other community organisations and are well represented at community events such as International Women’s Day and White Ribbon Day.  In addition, to complement our ‘Zonta Says No to Violence against Women’ campaign, we participate in the annual ‘16 Days of Activism’ against gender-based violence, which commences on 25 November the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day.

District 23 also recognises the impact of climate change and its serious impact on the lives of women and girls who are disproportionately disadvantanged by its impact.

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Objects of Zonta

  • To improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women through service and advocacy.
  • To work for the advancement of understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of members.
  • To promote justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms
  • To unite internationally to foster high ethical standards, to implement service programs and to provide mutual support for those who serve their communities, their nations, and the world.

Zonta’s Mission 

Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Zonta’s Vision

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 an equal basis with men. In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.

2022-2024 Zonta International Goals