Worldwide, 70% of the 1.3 billion poor are women. Zonta International is committed to expanding women's access to skills training and income-generating activities that lead to sustainable livelihoods and economic independence.
Zonta International helps women overcome gender barriers to careers in traditionally male-dominated fields and through Zonta's International Service Program, Zonta has increased access to educational opportunities and vocational skills training for girls and young women in Africa, Asia and South America.
Zonta International supports programs addressing the unique health issues of women in different areas of the world including efforts to reduce the risk of HIV/AIDS, the provision of basic health services and health education for women and children living in rural or poor urban areas and the reduction of other woman-specific health issues.
Through several awards and clubs, Zonta encourages young women and helps them foster leadership skills, explore career options and participate in local and international community service projects.
Zonta International works closely with the United Nations and its Member States to influence local and international laws and attitudes that affect women's lives. Zonta advocates at all levels for laws and policies that appropriately address issues of gender inequality.
Zonta's efforts to prevent violence against women worldwide focus on: raising awareness of, and improving education about, violence against women and children; implementing, promoting and enforcing local laws and policies that protect women and victims of violence; and providing medical, legal, rehabilitation and reintegration services for survivors of violence.
Zonta International seeks to empower women worldwide by improving the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local levels through service and advocacy. With the generosity and collective action of Zontians and friends around the world, Zonta International has supported projects in 57 countries, provided scholarships and awards to women around the globe, and been a powerful advocate for change in our local and international communities, thereby transforming the world and women's place in it.
Zonta International is a global organization of members and was founded in 1919. Zonta is one of the first service organizations to understand women’s unique role in shaping women’s lives in the 20th century. Comprised of 1,200 Zonta Clubs with more than 31,000 members, Zonta clubs are thriving in 65 countries and geographical areas around the world.
The word “Zonta” is a Sioux word meaning “honest and trustworthy”. Is a sisterhood of likeminded individuals that has provided networking opportunities and built leadership skills on local and international levels for over 20 years. Our membership prides itself on diversity with members from an array of cultures and professions, ready to share knowledge, skills, advice and experience with fellow Zontians, unified in their work for women.
By joining the Zonta Club of Nanaimo you will be making a difference in the lives of women and girls every day by ensuring a brighter future through service and advocacy to empower women and promote equality.
So if you value creating positive change and want to improve the lives of women and have skills you would like to develop or share then find out how you can become a Zontian today!
By supporting, serving and partnering with like-minded organizations.
For more than 50 years, Zonta International has addressed critical women’s issues.
Through projects in developing countries, Zonta is addressing the causes, and not just the symptoms, of barriers to better lives for women everywhere.