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.
The Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowships were established in 1938 in honor of Amelia Earhart, famed pilot and Zonta club member. The Fellowships are granted annually to women pursuing graduate Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences and aerospace-related engineering.
The Amelia Earhart Fellowships are awarded annually to women pursuing a Ph.D./doctoral degree in aerospace-related sciences and aerospace-related engineering. The Fellowship of US$10,000 may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees. Students must be registered in a full-time Ph.D./doctoral program when funds are received in September and December. Current fellows may apply to renew the Fellowship for a second year and will undergo the same application and evaluation procedures as first-time applicants.
The goal of the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Program is to encourage more young women to participate in public and political life by recognizing a commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the advancement of the status of women.
Zonta Clubs publicize the YWPA Award Program in their communities; and distribute, receive and evaluate applications. Zonta Clubs select one application to send to the Zonta District Governor.The District Evaluation Committee reviews the applications and selects one applicant per District to submit to Zonta International Headquarters.
The International YWPA Committee recommends five International recipients from the District applications to the Zonta International Board. After approval by the Zonta International Board, the Zonta International Foundation provides a US$1,000 award for each District recipient and a US$3,000 award for each of the five International recipients. Funding for the District and International awards is provided by voluntary contributions to the Zonta International Foundation YWPA Fund.
This program was established in 1998 to encourage undergraduate women to enter careers and seek leadership positions in business-related fields. The program ultimately seeks to influence business decisions that positively affect women by increasing the number of women in executive positions in the field of business management. This program was established from a bequest by Jane M. Klausman, a member of the Zonta Club of Syracuse, New York USA, and the 1990-1995 Zonta International Parliamentarian.
This program operates at the club, district and international levels of Zonta International. Clubs and districts are advised to appoint committees to manage these program responsibilities.