Zonta Club of Ottawa, Canada
What is service?
Service within Zonta is the action of helping or doing work that improves the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women and girls or prevents violence against them. This means that most of our activities and actions are service, whether it is by delivering hands-on service to women and girls, taking part in an advocacy action, fundraising, working with our awardee alumnae, being a member of a committee or serving in a leadership role at all levels of the organization.
Why do we need service projects?
Service projects allow us to deliver direct hands-on help to women and girls and provide an immediate or ongoing response to critical women’s issues. Carrying out service projects means that we are actively working toward our mission of empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.
Why should a service project have an advocacy aspect?
Advocacy adds impact to a service project because it means that our message reaches a wider audience than the beneficiaries. This action may result in positive changes being made that affect many women now and into the future, particularly by influencing local decision-making or laws.
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE PROJECT HISTORY
Since 1923, Zonta has provided more than US$23.2 million to projects benefiting women in 45 countries.
STRATEGIES TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (ZISVAW) HISTORY
From 1996 to 2020, more than US$9.5 million was provided to support projects in 46 countries. Beginning
in 2020, all of Zonta International’s service projects are being supported by the International Service Fund.